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06/13/2014

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A little homework will put another proverbial stick in the wheel of city-county cooperation. The final item on the agenda for the Monday, June 16, City Commission meeting is a for- gotten provision of a sales contract. In the 2002 deal, the city sold the county a piece of downtown property for $478,000. That piece became today's bus transfer station at First Street and Lemon Avenue. The Sarasota County Commission, led pri- marily by Commissioner Joe Barbetta, wants the bus station moved and the property sold for downtown redevelopment. What Barbetta perhaps forgot was a "reverter clause" in the original contract. It says the city has the right of first refusal should the county ever want to sell the parcel. "Seller shall have a right to re-acquire the property in the event that Buyer desires to sell the property," the 14-year-old contract says. "Seller shall have the right to re-acquire the property at a price equivalent to the fair market value of the property, including all improvements thereupon." The item was placed on the agenda by City Commissioner Shannon Snyder, who is an announced candidate for the County Commission seat being vacated by Barbetta because of term limits. To set a price, the city A 2002 contract could prove a bump in the road for county plans to erect a new downtown Sarasota bus transfer station on Ringling Boulevard. The new facility could resemble one in Collier County, as shown in an architect's rendering. Image courtesy Sarasota County CONTRACT CLAUSE AND BOARD SEATS DOWNTOWN BUS STATION REVERSION AND COMMISSIONER REPLACEMENT ON THE JUNE 16 AGENDA By Stan Zimmerman City Editor

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