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12/14/2012

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EL CID OR DON QUIXOTE? A city map shows the downtown Sarasota zoning districts. Image courtesy City of Sarasota ANALYSIS: CARAGIULO TILTS AT THE NOISE ORDINANCE By Stan Zimmerman City Editor Live and amplified music downtown is a third rail of Sarasota city politics. So it is a great surprise that first-term City Commissioner Paul Caragiulo is getting ready to joust with the thousands of voters who live downtown and go to bed early. It is draconian because a complainer may remain anonymous and because the sound level is measured at the source and not at the point of complaint. The draconian nature of it is typified by the Starkeeper Caf��, a bungalow sandwiched On Oct. 27, he took testimony in a town hall- between the GTE monolith and the Rivo on style meeting packed with musicians and Ringling condominiums on the north side of people who like muCharles Ringling Bousic, people who have levard. Caf�� operator not heard much music John Snyder has small I keep getting busted for the noise downtown for the past speakers for backordinance because one person complains. decade ���since the ground music outside, John Snyder city imposed a dracoand that makes him an Starkeeper Caf�� nian noise ordinance. outlaw.

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