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Sarasota News Leader December 6, 2013 Page 57 which rent equipment such as bicycles and As a result of the crackdown, Martha Smith Segways, for example; the other would cover told SKVA members in June that she saw retail companies. sales at her shop, Le Grand Bisou Caribbean Boutique, drop from $1,600 a day to $195 a Several businesses on the south end of the day in one week. island have been involved in the process along with those in Siesta Village, he noted. James Ritter, owner of Siesta Key Outfitters, added that his sales fell 90 percent the day In May during a meeting organized by the SKVA, after a Code Enforcement officer told him Sarasota County staff explained provisions of he no longer could display items outside his the Siesta Key Overlay District (SKOD), the front door to attract shoppers. zoning ordinance that governs all of Siesta Key. In the following weeks, several business The SKVA hosted another meeting on the owners protested that Code Enforcement staff SKOD on Nov. 12, SKVA President Cheryl had warned them they no longer could display Gaddie pointed out during the regular session merchandise outside their shops because the on Dec. 3. About 30 people were present, she SKOD did not allow that. said. "It was really a good forum." Le Grand Bisou had no outdoor displays after Code Enforcement staff warned business owners in late spring that such activity was not allowed by the Siesta Key zoning code. File photo

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