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06/13/2014

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In 2010, Sarasota County Commissioner Joe Barbetta called Sanborn Studios' decision to build a film and TV production studio in Lakewood Ranch a "breakthrough achieve- ment in our effort to diversify our economic base." This week, he and four other county commissioners voted unanimously to sue Sanborn, hoping to recover at least some o f t h e $ 6 5 0 , 0 0 0 i n financial incentives the county has given the company. The financial incentive agreement between Sarasota County and Sanborn, approved in 2010, called for the studio to create 117 new jobs by Sept. 2, 2013, with the average salary for those posi- tions to be no less than $72,000. The contract stipulated that if all the jobs were not created A still image from a Sanborn Studios project. Photo courtesy sanbornstudiosllc.com LEGAL DRAMA SARASOTA COUNTY TO SUE SANBORN STUDIOS TO RECOUP AT LEAST SOME OF ITS FINANCIAL INCENTIVES The County is sending a very clear message to all businesses that Sarasota is a dangerous place to do business. Ken Sanborn CEO Sanborn Studios By Cooper Levey-Baker Associate Editor

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