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NEW BUS SHELTERS AND BETTER ACCESS TO THEM WILL BE COMPLETED IN 2016; COUNTY STAFF RECOMMENDS AGAINST BUYING A PARCEL NEXT TO THE FIRE STATION; AND THE CONDO COUNCIL MEETS NEXT WEEK Siesta Seen SIESTA SEEN New bus shelters and improved pedestrian crosswalks near Siesta Public Beach are in the works for 2016, thanks to action the Sarasota County Commission took on March 5. Additionally, Commissioner Nora Patterson won unanimous support from her colleagues for staff in the Sarasota County Area Transit (SCAT) department to investigate whether one extra shelter can be erected across from the beach parking lot, which would accom- modate people waiting for buses on the north side of Beach Road. It appeared, based on an aerial map SCAT Senior Planner Sarah Blanchard provided in her presentation last week, that the additional shelter could be erected without obstructing By Rachel Brown Hackney Editor A SCAT stop and bench are located on the north side of Beach Road between Beach Way and the La Siesta condominium complex. Photo by Rachel Hackney

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