Sarasota News Leader

10/25/2013

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UNLIKELY CHAMPION RETURNS (From left) County Commissioner Nora Patterson, City Commissioner Suzanne Atwell, County Commissioner Christine Robinson, City Commissioner Paul Caragiulo, City Manager Tom Barwin and County Administrator Randall Reid participate in the joint meeting on Oct. 22. Photo by Norman Schimmel COMMUNITY REDEVELOPMENT AGENCY EXTENSION STUDY COMMITTEE MEMBERS PONDER THE PRESERVATION OF THE NEWTOWN CRA AS WELL AS THE ONE FOR DOWNTOWN By Stan Zimmerman City Editor The City and County of Sarasota in mid-January will receive a recommendation on what to do with the Community Redevelopment Agency downtown and in Newtown. The CRA Extension Study Committee — working under a new chairman and with a new member — is building its proposal on a set of options. While no votes have been taken on the various options, consensus continues that the two CRAs should be retained, but modifications are possible and desirable. The committee made an interim report to a joint Sarasota City-County Commission meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 23, and met in regular session the following evening. In the end, the members will present their They've got us in the palm of findings to both com- their hands. missions with the Fredd Atkins hope that the two bodMember ies will draft a new CRA Extension Study Committee interlocal agreement. After new Chairman Andy Dorr called the meeting to order, he introduced the group's newest member — Fredd Atkins.

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