Sarasota News Leader

01/17/2014

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THE DIPLOMATIC APPROACH The former site of the Sarasota Police Department sits north of the new police headquarters in downtown Sarasota. Photo by Norman Schimmel SOME COUNTY COMMISSIONERS THINK AN AGREEMENT IS STILL POSSIBLE IN A DISPUTE OVER THE OLD SARASOTA POLICE DEPARTMENT SITE By Roger Drouin County Editor Sarasota County Commissioner Joe Barbetta was not happy when he heard city commissioners' reaction Jan. 13 to the county's request to convey to it the former Sarasota Police Department site on Ringling Boulevard. the county in exchange for the county's vow to keep several of its primary governmental functions in downtown Sarasota. But on Jan. 13, Sarasota Mayor Shannon Snyder was not keen on the idea of turning "They actually laughed at us," Barbetta said over a key piece of downtown property. By consensus, the City during the Tuesday, Commission agreed Jan. 14, County Let's keep the lawyer talk out of it with City Attorney Commission meeting. up until this point … I believe they are Bob Fournier, who As county officials going to do the right thing. advised that the city see it, that property is under no legal Charles Hines belongs to the county. obligation to deed Chairman Sarasota County Commission In 2003, the city agreed the property to the to deed the land to county. Snyder asked

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