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01/03/2014

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Sarasota News Leader January 3, 2014 Environmental Utilities Department, one Sarasota resident who owns a house built in the 1970s that is 1.9 feet below base flood elevation has been paying $1,500 a year for an NFIP policy. The homeowner has had a $418 discount because of the county's participation in the Community Rating System (CRS), Companion says in a Sept. 25 presentation to the commission. Even if the resident's flood insurance bill goes up to $3,000 a year under the Biggert-Waters Act, the homeowner still would enjoy savings, Companion points out. The Community Rating System (CRS) program, Companion continues, is similar to one for fire insurance, with homeowners eligible for discounts because of the best practices pursued in the county since it became part of the national initiative. However, Companion tells the board the county's 25 percent CRS discount likely could fall to 20 percent because Page 97 of federal changes to the NFIP. Still, she says, she is hopeful the county could meet the new requirements and maintain the higher level. As promised, the City of Sarasota and contractor McKim & Creed hold a biweekly meeting on Sept. 23 to keep each other on the same page regarding the status of Lift Station 87. One important page was the project schedule. Robert Garland, a vice president with the firm, distributes the timeline during that meeting. It indicates everything will be wrapped up by Halloween 2015. That includes demolition of the "star-crossed" Lift Station 7, where repeated spills demonstrated the need for a new facility. The new facility — dubbed Lift Station 87 — is located in Luke Wood Park, where U.S. 41 and U.S. 301 join just south of downtown Sarasota. % SARASOTA'S HAIR COLOR SPECIALIST John-Norman Tuck (941) 928-1203 John-Norman Tuck is Sarasota and Bradenton's premier hairstylist and hair color artist. Getting his customer's hair to look and feel it's best is his passion. John-Norman started fulfilling his customers' hair dreams in his Pasadena, CA salon and now has brought his talents to Sarasota. Located Upstairs In the Green Ginger Salon 3 6 9 S t . A r m a n d s C i r c l e • S a r a s o t a • J o h n - N o r m a n Tu c k . c o m

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