Sarasota News Leader

01/24/2014

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Once upon a time, it seemed the weeks were not as busy for us when the County Commission was not in session. That board might not have met this week — except informally for the Siesta Public Beach Park improvements groundbreaking on Wednesday — but this week has been incredibly busy. And, yes, the City Commission and the Downtown Improvement District did have regular meetings on Tuesday, I should point out. As one of my regular correspondents reminded me, it is that time of year, after all. From talk of fracking in the Florida House to talk of the business plan for operating Benderson Park events, from a wonderful interview County Editor Roger Drouin conducted with Interim County Administrator Tom Harmer to the proposal for a new Sarasota County Technical Institute in North Port, our staff once again has found diverse topics to tackle. And Staff Photographer Norman Schimmel was everywhere over the past week — from the kickoff of the Sarasota Keys program downtown to the recognition of aerialist Nik Wallenda as a Circus Celebrity to the Ringling Bridge Run to that Siesta groundbreaking. I do not think he had time to sleep! On the Sarasota Leisure side, our offerings include Associate Editor Cooper Levey-Baker's preview of World Peace Day, and contributor Barbara Dondero's foray into the world of a stage production manager at Florida Studio Theatre. Additionally, City Editor Stan Zimmerman, Roger and I all have stories to carry over to the next issue or two for lack of time to pursue them. And, yes, the County Commission meets again next week. Editor and Publisher

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