Sarasota News Leader

05/30/2014

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Coming back to the office after a holiday weekend almost always proves a bit challenging — whether just in terms of getting back into work mode or, in reporters' cases, trying to find enough fodder for stories. Fortunately, I do not believe "dull" is a word that ever can be em- ployed in describing this community. Noise issues are in the spotlight again, from city and county per- spectives. With City Editor Stan Zimmerman having taken some time off, I ended up writing the City Commission preview. I readi- ly admit I cannot replicate his style, but at least I have previewed the discussion expected Monday night regarding the city's proposed new noise ordinance. On the county side, the focus once more is mu- sic at Bob's Boathouse's — along with the restau- rant's months-long effort to obtain its Certificate of Occupancy. Thank goodness for the variety Associate Editor Cooper Levey-Baker and County Editor Roger Drouin offer in this issue. Cooper conducted one of his thoroughly engaging candidate interviews, this time with Democrat Ray Porter. Roger not only enjoyed learning how a Selby Library staff photo ended up making international news, but he also delved into County Administrator Tom Harmer's first 100 days on the job. Beyond the news stories, Staff Photographer Norman Schimmel covered Memorial Day events in Sarasota on Monday, and contributor Barbara Dondero has a charming story about tennis. Her article features local legend Nick Bollettieri and a renowned French player of the past. Yes, this issue does offer a few recurring themes, but you will find plenty of new news as well. Editor and Publisher WELCOME

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