Sarasota News Leader

01/10/2014

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PREDICTIONS COME TRUE Before the calls start, we want to make sure we're all on the same playing field. … We're worried about if they're going to have evening entertainment out there. Sheriff Tom Knight April 28, 2011 An aerial photo provided by Sheriff's Office executive staff to the County Commission in April 2011 shows the proximity of the new Bob's Boathouse location to residential areas. Image courtesy Sheriff's Office CLOSE TO THREE YEARS AFTER THE SHERIFF'S OFFICE WARNED WHAT WOULD HAPPEN IF BOB'S BOATHOUSE REOPENED, THE COUNTY COMMISSIONERS ARE MIRED IN COMPLAINTS By Rachel Brown Hackney Editor On April 28, 2011, during a County Commission workshop, Sheriff Tom Knight told the board members, "Before the calls start, we want to make sure we're all on the same playing field. … We're worried about if they're going to have evening entertainment out there." establishment with the same type of business plan goes in at this location." When the original restaurant and entertainment venue was open on Siesta Key, Kenney continued, "We endured some 1,800 disturbance calls in those four years. That problem didn't go away until the establishment went He was speaking of plans to reopen Bob's away." Boathouse at 5515 S. Tamiami Trail in A PowerPoint presentation prepared for that Sarasota. discussion says, "The Sheriff's Office spent an Maj. Kevin Kenney, head of the Law inordinate amount of time mitigating disturEnforcement Division in the Sheriff's Office, bance and quality of life issues generated by added, "This is merely a heads up for a poten- the establishment and its proximity to resitial problem that we see if the same type of dential areas."

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