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CONTENTS Vol. 2, No. 33 — May 2, 2014 THE PINELLAS PARADOX 19 COUNTS OF RENTAL FRAUD NEWS & COMMENTARY THE PINELLAS PARADOX 8 Analysis: Statistics from the Clearwater shelter seen as a model raise hard questions about assistance to the homeless — Stan Zimmerman 19 COUNTS OF RENTAL FRAUD 14 A Sarasota chiropractor is arrested on charges related to his misrepresentation of accommodations in a Siesta Key house — Rachel Brown Hackney OUCH! 23 County commissioner hit with Florida Commission on Ethics complaint — Cooper Levey-Baker A SHRINKING DEFICIT 29 Though a projected county revenue shortfall in 2016 has been shrinking, a County Commission discussion this week reflected disagreement over some reserve levels — Roger Drouin A BACKUP PLAN 33 Late-hour state funding cut forces Benderson Park supporters to accelerate private fundraising efforts — and the setback comes amid rising scrutiny — Roger Drouin THE PRIVATIZATION TRACK 39 The County Commission approves a study of its bus service's operating expenses — Roger Drouin DID OPPOSES PAID PARKING 43 Worries aired about shoppers deserting downtown for the Mall at University Town Center after it is open — Stan Zimmerman DISTRESS OVER A DUNE 46 County staff has been fielding residents' questions about a Ritz-Carlton project on the Lido Key shore — Rachel Brown Hackney POSITIVE TRENDS 51 Sarasota County gets a good mid-year fiscal checkup — Rachel Brown Hackney TABLE OF CONTENTS Click Any Headline To Go Directly To That Article PHOTO CREDITS Front Cover: Quiet Shade - Norman Schimmel Sarasota Leisure: A Table for Five - Norman Schimmel

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