Sarasota News Leader

01/17/2014

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FOURTH TIME THE CHARM? A new drive is afoot to change the City of Sarasota charter. Photo by Norman Schimmel A NEW CITY CHARTER PROPOSAL CALLS FOR THE 'STRONGEST MAYOR YET' By Stan Zimmerman City Editor Alarm bells are going off all over town. Another new "boss mayor" plan is afoot. This time it is not the proposal of a simple amendment to the city charter. This time the effort involves an entirely new city charter. find a strong-mayor form of city government. Bradenton's government is dominated by its mayor. In the past quarter-century, only two men have held the job in that community — Wayne Poston and Bill Evers. Three times in the past 20 years, proponents of THE BASICS a strong elected mayor have put the question up for popular vote. And each time the result On the first page of the Revised City was not even close. City voters preferred the Charter, City of Sarasota 2014-15 is the name of its author. current city-manager Robert J. Martineau, form of government I think there's a need for it. The Esq., is identified to an executive mayor plan by overwhelming city is in a state of paralysis with a lack as a "Distinguished Research Professor majorities, often with of leadership. Emeritus of a two-to-one margin. Michael Barfield L a w, U n i v e r s i t y Paralegal City voters do not of Cincinnati." Sarasota have to look far to The Sarasota

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