Sarasota News Leader

05/16/2014

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This proved to be one of those weeks when all sorts of things seemed to pop up out of nowhere: controversy over a pool inside Bob's Boathouse, Mayor Shannon Snyder throwing his hat in the ring for County Commission — and ramping up speculation about who will be elected mayor on May 16 —another delay in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' release of materials on the Lido Beach Renourishment Project and the Downtown Improvement District having to backpedal on its earlier response to talk of reinstituting paid parking downtown. Associate Editor Cooper Levey-Baker delved into the new in- spector general position at the Sarasota County Clerk of Court's Office, and County Editor Roger Drouin snared interviews with a Walmart representative and the developer of the retail chain's Neighborhood Market planned for the Bee Ridge/ Beneva roads intersection. Plans for the Rosemary District, concerns about summertime violence among the homeless and a single-family homes development proposed for a former landfill site are just a few samples of other stories in this issue. It was a busy week on the news side, even without City and County commission meet- ings before deadline. (The county board will hold another budget workshop on Friday, while the city board will have its mayoral election and the mayor will present his State of the City address.) On the lighter side, Harriet Cuthbert has written a lovely commentary about a couple who recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary, and Fran Palmeri has graced us with another glorious essay, complete with magnificent butterfly photos. It is defi- nitely a piece that will make you "oooh" and "aaah." Editor and Publisher WELCOME

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