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having read a number of his 15 books about the community. Robinson said she was honored to have been asked to write a letter of support for LaHurd's nomination for the state award. Nonetheless, she continued, "It was a difficult letter to write … because how do you encapsulate a career of … all things Sarasota County?" Robinson read her letter to the audience as the other commissioners joined her at the front of their chambers in the County Administration Center on Ringling Boulevard in downtown Sarasota. "Having lived in the area since 1950," she began, "Mr. LaHurd is a walking history book of Sarasota County and an invaluable resource to the community." (From left) Commissioner Nora Patterson and county History Specialist Jeff LaHurd listen as Vice Chairwoman Christine Robinson reads the letter she wrote to the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation. Photo by Norman Schimmel Sarasota News Leader May 30, 2014 Page 53

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