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THE POLITICAL WILL The County Commission Chambers is nearly full in downtown Sarasota as Robert Marbut speaks to the City and County commissions. Photo by Norman Schimmel THE SARASOTA CITY AND COUNTY COMMISSIONERS MOVE AHEAD WITH IMPLEMENTING CONSULTANT ROBERT MARBUT'S 12 STRATEGIC STEPS — INCLUDING PLANNING FOR A 24/7 PERMANENT SHELTER IN SARASOTA By Roger Drouin County Editor Before a series of votes Monday afternoon, themselves without a place to live or the Nov. 25, homelessness consultant Robert means to afford one. Marbut had a cautionary note for the Sarasota "I would encourage you to take action and City and County commissioners. start working on this," Marbut told the comIf local leaders do nothing, the homeless pop- missions during a joint session in the Sarasota County Commission ulation in Sarasota Chambers, the second will increase 25 percent over the next few If the expert is sure our of two local governyears, Marbut said. organization is the one to run it, we will ment presentations that day. Based on the rising make it happen. number of homeless They listened. Tom Knight veterans and domesSheriff Sarasota County tic battery cases, more After hearing Marbut people are finding discuss his 12-point

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