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ANOTHER GO AT IT A Sarasota County map shows the area where part of Palmer Point Park would be restored. Image courtesy Sarasota County AFTER REACHING AN IMPASSE WITH THE ORIGINAL CONTRACTOR, THE COUNTY COMMISSION VOTES TO TRY AGAIN TO RESTORE A SECTION OF PALMER POINT PARK By Rachel Brown Hackney Editor During late 2011, Florida Department of Transportation officials in Sarasota were almost alarmed enough to raise caution flags: Both Sarasota County and City of Sarasota staff were eying FDOT right of way by the north Siesta bridge for separate projects. sure no one would be in the way when that project started. As it turned out, the city's replacement of a sewer pipe under the bay was completed well in advance of the start of the bridge work. The state highway officials still were months This thing really should have been away from their June done a couple of years ago. starting date for the Nora Patterson bridge rehabilitation Commissioner Sarasota County work, but they wanted to make absolutely However, the county project — which already had hit some snags — remains unfinished. On Nov. 13, the manager of that project was back before the Coun-

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