Sarasota News Leader

03/21/2014

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Homelessness consultant Robert Marbut presents his recommendations during a joint City/County commission meeting on Nov. 25, 2013. Photo by Norman Schimmel Another update on addressing homeless- ness countywide, another venting session: One county commissioner says he is tired of working on a plan for a homeless shelter only to have every effort hit "a brick wall with the city." Another characterizes the most recent City Commission dia- logue on the subject as "toxic." On Tuesday, March 18, frustration con- t i n u e d t o b u i l d i n t h e S a r a s o t a County Commission Chambers over the issue of a come-as-you-are homeless shelter. And the mounting frustration may be a pre- cursor to a tense meeting on April 1, when the City and County commissions will address the shelter project during a joint session that already had been planned. The city and county were supposed to be partners in the effort to build a shelter, the l i n c h p i n t o h o m e - lessness consultant Robert Marbut's rec- o m m e n d a t i o n s f o r addressing problems WITH THEIR FRUSTRATIONS BUILDING, THE COUNTY COMMISSIONERS HAVE GAINED AGREEMENT OF THE CITY COMMISSION TO ADD HOMELESSNESS ISSUES TO AN APRIL 1 JOINT MEETING AGENDA MELTING DOWN I am really getting fed up with the whole situation. I'd rather pull the [county] funding. The city thinks they have the homeless issue under control. Joe Barbetta Commissioner Sarasota County By Roger Drouin County Editor NEWS & COMMENTARY

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