Sarasota News Leader

11/01/2013

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PATH TO AN ACCEPTABLE PRICE O'Leary's Tiki Bar and Grill at Bayfront Park in downtown Sarasota uses chickees as shelter for patrons. Photo by Norman Schimmel NEXT WEEK, THE COUNTY COMMISSION IS SCHEDULED TO RECEIVE A THOROUGH ANALYSIS OF COSTS FOR BUS SHELTERS AND THE POTENTIAL USE OF NATIVE AMERICAN CHICKEES By Rachel Brown Hackney Editor On Nov. 6, Sarasota County Commissioner Joe Barbetta finally may get the answers he has sought for months regarding the expense of county bus shelters. That day, the board also is expected to decide whether it will renew a contract with a Detroit, MI, firm that has been providing shelters to the county since 2010. The fourth amendment On that day, Glama Carter, director of Sarasota to that contract — an item on the board's Oct. 22 consent agenda — County Area Transit (SCAT), will make a sparked Barbetta's There are still too many people latest questions. presentation to the board on cost com- standing in the sun. Imagine yesterday parisons for shelters and today, standing in the rain, waiting Pulling the item from the consent agenda that — including those in for a bus. It's pretty sad. morning, Barbetta said, Manatee County and Joe Barbetta "I still don't think we've the chickee design Commissioner gotten our arms around Barbetta has espoused Sarasota County these bus shelters." for years.

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