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11/16/2012

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Sarasota News Leader November 16, 2012 During almost 40 minutes of discussion on Nov. 13, Reid told the board that a 45-minutes staff presentation on the beach project has been scheduled for Dec. 11. Moreover, Reid said, "I can do an audit [re- garding] who directed who to do what. I'd be happy to do that." Alan Maio, representing Kimley-Horn and As- sociates, the county's consulting firm on the beach park design work, promised the com- missioners, "We will work with your staff between now and Dec. 11 to get you some documents that are a little more straightfor- ward" than the staff memo provided to them this week. Page 16 During the Sept. 14, 2011 commission meet- ing, Anderson explained that the estimated cost of the project was just under $17 million. During an open house-style meeting on the project, held the evening of Nov. 13 at St. Mi- chael the Archangel Church on Siesta Key, a member of the county's communications staff told The Sarasota News Leader the figure is at $21.5 million. However, during the board meeting hours ear- lier, Maio told the commissioners that what they had authorized was a figure below $17 million. The memo they received that morning from Carolyn Brown, general manager of the Parks During the Nov. 13 open house at St. Michael the Archangel Church, Kim French looks at a proposal for the main parking lot at Siesta Public Beach. Photo by Rachel Hackney

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