Sarasota News Leader

11/08/2013

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MORE MONEY, MORE EVENTS David Rovine, vice president of the Orioles operation in Sarasota, welcomes visitors to Ed Smith Stadium for the first Arts in the Park event, held Oct. 26. Photo by Norman Schimmel ALTHOUGH IT WILL BE MORE EXPENSIVE THAN EXPECTED, THE NEW LIGHTING SYSTEM AT ED SMITH STADIUM WILL MAKE THE FACILITY MORE DESIRABLE FOR EVENTS OTHER THAN BASEBALL By Rachel Brown Hackney Editor They were not happy about the extra expense, Not quite two weeks earlier — on Oct. 23 — but they sure seemed happy about the pros- the commissioners approved an expense of pect that new lighting will mean far more $903,683. However, Pat Calhoon, the counevents. ty's manager of sports development and On a unanimous vote It is my goal, it is my passion, to athletics, appeared Nov. 5, the Sarasota bring very special events to [Ed Smith] before them again this County Commission Stadium, so that the venue … is exposed week to explain that authorized a new not- to a wide variety of citizens … bids for the project to-exceed total for showed "it is going David Rovine the replacement of to cost more than we Vice President lighting at Ed Smith originally thought it Orioles-Sarasota would." Stadium: $1,170,730.

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