Sarasota News Leader

04/25/2014

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As the Sarasota city and county commission- ers have discussed and debated the concept of a come-as-you-are homeless shelter in Sarasota, two potential sites have been front and center. During a joint meet- ing of the boards on Tuesday, April 22 — less than one week after consulting firm Cardno Entrix Inc. wrapped up a due diligence and environ- mental analysis report — the consultants presented lists of "pros" and "cons" for each site. Both pieces of property are problematic, as the consultants noted in their summaries on Tuesday. Constructing a facil- ity on the lot at 1800 N. East Ave. hinges on the approval of f o u r c o n d o m i n i u m owners in a business partnership, a hurdle County Commission C h a i r m a n C h a r l e s Residents and business owners nearly filled the County Commission Chambers for the joint meeting on April 22. Photo by Norman Schimmel PARCELS ON EAST AND OSPREY AVENUES REMAIN IN CONSIDERATION FOR A COME-AS-YOU-ARE HOMELESS SHELTER, BUT BOTH ARE PROBLEMATIC COUNT STILL STANDS AT TWO We already have homeless people occasionally coming to this area off the railroad … I am afraid if there is a homeless shelter in that area, there will be more of it. Steve Lanning Business Owner Sarasota By Roger Drouin County Editor

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