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01/03/2014

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LOOKING BACK YEAR IN REVIEW: JANUARY Plans call for a Walmart to move into the Ringling Shopping Center in downtown Sarasota. Photo by Norman Schimmel The County Commission is grappling with what to do about former Sarasota County GOP Chairman Bob Waechter's service on two advisory boards. Waechter was charged in December with impersonating Lourdes Ramirez, president of the Sarasota County Council of Neighborhood Associations, in making donations in her name to the congressional campaign of Democrat Keith Fitzgerald. Waechter serves on the Board of Zoning Appeals, which he chairs, and the Tourist Development Council. He and Ramirez previously served together as directors of the Siesta Key Association. Registered as a Republican, Ramirez is said to be mulling a run for County Commission in 2014. Clarke Davis, County Administrator Randall Reid reports to the County Commission. The board was set to consider new road impact fees on Jan. 16, but the numbers cannot be corrected in time, Reid explains in an email. The County Commission agrees to hold off on any move to establish a domestic partnership registry while awaiting action on a Florida Legislature bill regarding a statewide registry. The purported bill, however, may not be introduced before 2014, according to former Sarasota City Commissioner Ken Shelin. He has been working with Commissioner Carolyn Mason since last fall on a countywide mea sure, with the City of Sarasota already having A spreadsheet error in the calculation of set up such a registry. impact fees prompted the resignation of Sarasota County Transportation Director

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