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07/04/2014

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not be required to submit a new fiscal neutral- ity "analysis," one would be on the hook if his original projections were not borne out. Lobeck continued pressing the point, saying the "impetus" for the changes to fiscal neu- trality was the "radical Arduin report," the controversial analysis put together by the Reagan-affiliated, hard-right economic firm Laffer Associates. The back-and-forth grew tense, with one man in the audience gesturing at Lobeck with his finger pointed down, shout- ing, "Sit down!" Another attendee applauded when that man and another left before the meeting ended. Others criticized the County Commission for slashing impact fees while at the same time reviewing fiscal neutrality. Attendees also objected to the portion of the 2050 rewrites that would allow so-called hamlets in eastern and southern parts of the county to be built closer together than pre- viously allowed. "This is one of the worst things that's come out of this," said Wade Matthews, conservation chairman for the Sarasota Audubon Society. "It would do away with one of the better environmental things, Undeveloped areas along eastern Fruitville Road create a pastoral setting. File photo Sarasota News Leader July 4, 2014 Page 28

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