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11/22/2103

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PARK PLAN PROCEEDS The land proposed for the North County Sports Complex is located at the northwest corner of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Way and Tuttle Avenue. The county is moving ahead with the $2 million deal. Image courtesy Sarasota County THE COUNTY COMMISSION APPROVES PURCHASE OF 115 ACRES, WITH A CONTINGENCY By Roger Drouin County Editor A deal to purchase 115 acres of Newtown land for a North County Sports Complex hit a small roadblock — or a fence, to be accurate — on Nov. 19. treatment plant site for $2 million. The plan is to develop the 115 acres into a long discussed North County Sports Complex that would become the third largest recreational facility in the county. The commissioners held a lengthy discussion during their regular meeting Tuesday after learn- They finally voted unanimously to move ing that several adjacent property owners had forward with the purchase — with a conillegally put up fences encroaching on the par- tingency: Dolomite Corp. must handle the cel owned by Dolomite removal of the "makeshift" fences or cover Utilities Corp. I don't want to buy a lawsuit here. the cost of the counThey said they had ty's doing so after the Charles Hines deal is closed. hoped that day to finalize a deal to purchase the former wastewater Vice Chairman County Commission Along the perimeter of the Dolomite

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