Sarasota News Leader

11/08/2013

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Vol. 2, No. 8 — November 8, 2013 CONTENTS FIRST, A DISCUSSION 'IT'S ALL ABOUT LOVE' Click Any Headline To Go Directly To That Article NEWS & COMMENTARY FIRST, A DISCUSSION The County Commission will take a close look at the Lido Beach Renourishment Project, having learned that one or more proposed groins would be on county property — Rachel Brown Hackney 8 CITY SETTLES … AGAIN 18 'IT'S ALL ABOUT LOVE' 23 DEMAND FOR MORE OVERSIGHT 30 CLAWBACK CLAWBACK 34 PARK PROGRESS 38 TWO PROPOSALS 43 CITY COMMISSION WRAP-UP 48 DOWNTOWN SARASOTA, IN BRIEF 52 RAMIREZ MAKES IT OFFICIAL 55 QUESTIONING FLEET PURCHASES 61 The City Commission votes 3-1 — with Susan Chapman abstaining — to resolve its latest problem with the Government in the Sunshine laws — Stan Zimmerman The County Commission unanimously approves a Domestic Partnership Registry — Rachel Brown Hackney Members of the city's neighborhoods organization want an independent group to keep tabs on the use of revenue from a special 1 mill schools tax — Stan Zimmerman Sarasota County and the nonprofit group that manages Benderson Park want to block a state measure that could cost it state grant money — Cooper Levey-Baker The county moves forward with a plan to buy 115 acres from Dolomite Utility Corp. for use as a North County Sports Complex — Roger Drouin County commissioners want more information from the two developers vying for prime county-owned property in the Fruitville Initiative area east of Interstate 75 — Roger Drouin Heads get hot over homelessness and the Sunshine laws — Stan Zimmerman New development squeaks through ahead of the Laurel Park Overlay District; two downtown towers will start going up; and two icons are being gutted — Stan Zimmerman The Siesta Key resident and president of the Sarasota County Council of Neighborhood Associations formally files for County Commission — Cooper Levey-Baker County commissioners debate the immediate need for new fleet cars and trucks and the way the county purchases them — Roger Drouin PHOTO CREDITS Front cover: A Grateful Nation - Norman Schimmel Sarasota Leisure: Autumn Clouds - Norman Schimmel

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