Sarasota News Leader

02/28/2014

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Old sores — one of them very old — will be revisited Monday, March 3, during the next regular meeting of the Sarasota City Commission. Those wishing to feel the pain in person should go to the County Administration Center on Ringling Boulevard for the after- noon and evening sessions. The meeting has been moved so new television equipment can be installed at City Hall. (See the related story in this issue.) As always, the controversial issues are last on the agenda, including a discussion about continued payment of Commissioner Susan Chapman's legal fees as she fights a Sunshine lawsuit. And next-to-last is a discussion Vice Mayor Willie Shaw has requested for months: taking public input about putting a new home- less shelter in his district. FIRST, THE MONEY The most important financial document of the year is on the consent agenda for early approval. If no commissioner or member of the public wants to talk about it, the annual report for last fiscal year will pass unremarked — all 220 pages of it. Inside it are intimate details of how the city spends every penny of its income. While this may be a document only an accountant could love, filled with endless columns of dollars The City Commission on March 3 will discuss a potential revival of plans to create a Cultural Park to the east of the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall. Photo by Norman Schimmel THE MARCH 3 CITY COMMISSION AGENDA HAS A RANGE OF TOPICS, AND NOT A LITTLE CONTROVERSY FINANCE, THE CULTURAL PARK AND LEGAL FEES By Stan Zimmerman City Editor

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