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Sarasota News Leader November 16, 2012 wine garden; and exhibits promoting boating, fishing, kayaking, paddle board sports, scuba, birding and more. For details, visit sarasota- Festival organizers encourage visitors to car- pool and use alternative transportation. A free water taxi will run between Marina Jack in downtown Sarasota and the Sarasota Sailing Squadron. It will depart every 30 to 40 minutes starting at 9 a.m., the release notes. Other transportation options include hourly stops by Sarasota County Area Transit and the Longboat Key Trolley, a free bike valet and a free kayak valet. In a press release issued early in the morning of Nov. 15, City Commissioner Terry Turner announced he will not run for re-election as an at-large commissioner. He cites "family and business obligations" as his reasons. The release says, "Our city needs strong, qual- ified candidates! It is my hope that with an early announcement of my intent not to run, Local guitarist Ben Hammond will be the guitar-playing MC for the free regional festi- val. Contributed photo TURNER DECIDES NOT TO SEEK RE-ELECTION there will be time to encourage qualified can- didates to enter the race who might not have wanted to challenge a sitting commissioner." Turner's withdrawal leaves Mayor Suzanne Atwell, Kevin Lumpkin, Pete Theisen, Linda Holland and Richard Dorfman challenging for the two at-large seats on the board. Stan Zimmerman Page 53 Mayor Suznne Atwell and Commissioner Terry Turner discuss a matter during a recent City Com- mission meeting. Photo by Norman Schimmel

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