Sarasota News Leader

03/07/2014

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The Sarasota City Commission faced the future like a nervous maiden on Monday, March 3, finding comfort in the bridal rhyme "Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue, and a silver six- pence in her shoe." The silver was the relief that comes from a clean audit of city finances. When Mayor Shannon Snyder com- p l a i n e d a b o u t n o t getting a full presen- tation, he was told there was nothing to present. The auditors could not find a single real nit to pick. However, the old, new, bor- rowed and blue were far more nettlesome. The "old" was a 2007 plan for the 42 acres around the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall. The city and a variety of private institutions want to ramp it back up as the economy improves. Supporters briefed the Coalition of City Neighborhood A s s o c i a t i o n s e a r- lier on this. (See the related story in this i s s u e . ) U l t i m a t e l y, A substantial crowd came to hear a pitch to revive consideration of a master cultural park plan for the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall parking lot and adjacent city-owned property. Photo by Stan Zimmerman THE CITY COMMISSION STOPS PAYING LEGAL FEES FOR SUSAN CHAPMAN IN HER SUNSHINE LAWSUIT AS IT AWAITS AN UPDATE ON THE CASE IN A FEW WEEKS ACTION THROUGH INACTION This is a cottage industry to bully people and make money. Kelly Kirschner Former Mayor City of Sarasota By Stan Zimmerman City Editor

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