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11/02/2012

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CITY'S DOMESTIC PARTNERSHIP REGISTRY STARTS NOV. 6 A PROGRESSIVE PROGRESSION By Stan Zimmerman City Editor The City of Sarasota's Domestic Partnership Registry will be open for business on Tuesday, Nov. 6. Subsequently the registry will be open three days a week — Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday — from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. Applicants may file their paperwork in the City Hall Annex on the first floor in the newly renamed SRQ Media Studio. Lines are expect- ed for the first few days. You may call 954- 4160 to schedule an appointment and avoid waiting. The city is seeking volunteers to help with the program. A training session will be held Fri- day, Nov. 2, starting at 10 a.m. If you want to volunteer, call the same number: 954-4160. Applicants for the registry must appear in per- son, and each partner will need a photo ID. They must fill out the application and pay a $30 registration fee in cash or with a check. The affidavit must be signed in front of a no- tary. Notaries will be available. The affidavit may be downloaded. After the early registration period ends, peo- ple may register at the Office of the City Au- ditor and Clerk. A reservation is suggested (same phone number as above). Partners do not need to be city residents. However, the registration conveys certain le- gal benefits within the city limits only, not in Sarasota County. Among the benefits is being able to visit a partner in the hospital. Each partnership will receive an embossed certificate. The documents will be registered and become a public record on file at the Office of the Sara- sota County Clerk of Circuit Court on Ringling Boulevard. A new day will dawn in the city of Sarasota on Nov. 6, as the city begins a service for domestic partners. Photo by Norm Schimmel

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