Sarasota News Leader

04/11/2014

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A city effort to make the Newtown Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) selfsupport ing is the subject of a salvo from the chairman of the Sarasota County Commission. While the plan was under way in the city for weeks, the arrival of the notice for a city public hearing apparently caught county com missioners by surprise. The issue becomes yet another flash point of contention between the two boards. It joins the search for a homeless shelter site and the future of cityowned property adjacent to the The city and county commissioners sit in session on April 1. Photo by Norman Schimmel THE COUNTY ATTORNEY SAYS THE CITY DOES NOT HAVE THE AUTHORITY ON ITS OWN TO CHANGE THE BASE YEAR FOR THE NEWTOWN COMMUNITY REDEVELOPMENT AGENCY 'RESET' PLAN BLASTED Administration for the city remained quiet about the upcoming public hearing and then sent certified mail the day we were meeting — the very day! — to us that they were having this public hearing. That's disturbing to me that that piece of information did not enter the conversation. Christine Robinson Vice Chairwoman Sarasota County Commission By Stan Zimmerman City Editor

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