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08/08/2014 & 08/15/2014

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It is only fair that government has to adhere to the same planning and zoning regulations as private industry. A pair of government projects went before the c i t y D e v e l o p m e n t R e v i e w C o m m i t t e e (DRC) on Wednesday, Aug. 6, only to stumble on finely tuned zoning rules. The Sarasota County Fairgrounds board wants to erect a new s i g n o n F r u i t v i l l e Road. The old one has seen better days and, after a hurricane or three, is looking a little lame. So Rory Martin, president of the "fair board," came to the DRC with the desire for one of the quite fancy LED signs. The Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall has one on North Tamiami Trail, and it can be eye-popping, with its swirls and rising suns and video-like explo- sions to promote its next big act. But if that is what Martin had in mind, tsk-tsk, too bad. His facilities are in a different zone — the Fruitville Road Overlay District — and Lift Station 87 will be built in Luke Wood Park near the intersection of U.S 41 and U.S. 301 in Sarasota. Photo by Norman Schimmel MR. GOVERNMENT, MEET MISS REGULATION CITY CODE STIPULATIONS WILL PUSH BACK THE COMPLETION OF LIFT STATION 87 EVEN FURTHER, IT APPEARS With the restrictions on a [design to withstand a Category 3 hurricane], we're above the 35-foot height restrictions. Tom Cross Project Manager McKim & Creed By Stan Zimmerman City Editor

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