Sarasota News Leader

05/09/2014

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On a unanimous vote May 7, the Sarasota County Commission moved forward with plans for improvements at its BMX complex with the goal of drawing major national and international events. However, at the rec- o m m e n d a t i o n o f V i c e C h a i r w o m a n Christine Robinson, the board declined to acknowledge receipt of the 2014-2017 busi- ness plan from the Southwest District Parents' Council Inc. — known as Sarasota BMX — which has been operating the track at 17th Street and Tuttle Avenue in Sarasota. The commissioners approved a $31,593 con- tract with Tandem Construction to han- d l e c o n s t r u c t i o n management services at risk. The firm will work with staff to ensure the project design stays within budget. As of May 7, Project Manager Brad Children compete in a Strider competition at the Sarasota BMX track. Image courtesy Sarasota County MORE DETAILS, PLEASE THE COUNTY COMMISSION TAKES THE NEXT STEP TOWARD IMPROVING THE BMX TRACK BUT SEEKS MORE INFORMATION IN THE NONPROFIT OPERATOR'S BUSINESS PLAN What [BMX Sarasota members have] in their favor is their vast amount of history and their connections to the BMX community. Carolyn Brown Director Parks and Recreation Sarasota County By Rachel Brown Hackney Editor

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