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Sarasota News Leader September 21, 2012 to remove it," said Kowal. "But if we have rain, we want to be able to fix it quickly." She promised the artist would use an envi- ronmentally benign paint, and that it would be removed without being flushed into the gutters and eventually the bay. Kowal said artists will come from Flor- ida and across the United States as well as from Canada, Italy, Germany, France, Peru, Japan, Spain and other countries. In her presentation, Kowal also noted that two changes are being made to the festival "rules" this year. No pets will be allowed because the crowds are becoming dense, and pedestrian traffic will be one-way. Page 37 The festival encompasses not only Pineap- ple from Ringling to Orange Avenue, but also several side streets. Kowal additionally asked the commission to waive several fees "that run between $3,000 and $5,000 each year" as the city's donation to the festival. And the organizers have proposed two blocks on South Pine- apple be closed for 10 days to allow more people to see the art. Commissioners asked the Chalk Festival organizers to appear before them again on Oct. 1, after working through several issues – paint, road closure, etc. – with city staff- ers. Old school journalism. 21st century delivery. Get It On Your iPad and other Devices

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