Sarasota News Leader

11/16/2012

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AN $8,200 REHAB As a result of multiple problems, Five Points Park has lost its night-light scheme. Photo by Norman Schimmel JUST IN TIME FOR THE HOLIDAYS, THE DID AGREES TO MAKE SURE THE LIGHTS COME BACK ON IN FIVE POINTS PARK By Stan Zimmerman City Editor You may have noticed some changes in the fancy color-shifting lights in downtown's Five Points Park — as in they are not working. Blame growth. The lights were wrapped around the limbs of the trees, and the limbs kept on growing. Snap, pop. And lovely squirrels and rats just could not stay away from that ozone scent of electricity just millimeters below their inci- sors. Snap, pop. One of the light strings is not repairable, so it will be replaced at a cost of $700. In all, those fancy color-shifting lights need $8,203 in repairs not covered by warranty. However, city officials would like to see the lights back on ASAP. "We need this park up and running for the hol- idays," said Downtown Improvement District Chairman Ernie Ritz on Nov. 13. "We've got a Christmas parade on Dec. 1 and a tree lighting on the 23rd [of November]." Matt Gregg with Synergy Lighting Supply of Bradenton said it might take a little longer than expected to remedy the situation be- cause — gasp — this is a busy season for his company.

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