Sarasota News Leader

11/16/2012

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TEMPORARY QUARTERS Gulf Gate Library opened on Curtiss Avenue in Sarasota on Dec. 5, 1983. Photo courtesy Sarasota County GULF GATE LIBRARY IS MOVING TO WESTFIELD SARASOTA SQUARE MALL WHILE A NEW FACILITY IS CONSTRUCTED ON THE CURRENT LIBRARY SITE By Rachel Brown Hackney Editor With the demolition of Gulf Gate Library planned for January, the Sarasota County Commission this week approved a contract with Westfield Sarasota Square Mall for the library's operations to relocate there while a new facility is built. The lease calls for the county to pay $5,441.58 per month, plus $80 a month for water/sewer and fire detection services, starting Dec. 15 and ending Jan. 31, 2015. A Nov. 13 memo to the County Commission from Sarabeth Kalajian, general manager of the county's libraries, points out that the ten- ancy agreement is for a period of to 25 months for the 20,092 square feet of retail space in the mall, located at 8201 S. Tamiami Trail. "The space will accommodate core library services as well as the Friends of the Library bookstore," Kalajian's memo adds. "I think it's an excellent choice," Deanie Erb, president of the Friends of the Library for Gulf Gate, told The Sarasota News Leader on Nov. 15. "It's in a good location," Erb added, with plen- ty of parking — a factor county staff had tak-

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