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12/14/2012

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EL CID OR DON QUIXOTE? Analysis: Caragiulo tilts at the noise ordinance ��� Stan Zimmerman 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. On Oct. 27, he took testimony in a town hall-style meeting packed with musicians and people who like music, people who have not heard much music downtown for the past decade ���since the city imposed a draconian noise ordinance. 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. (Full story here) VOICING OPPOSITION The Siesta Key Association and property owners indicate opposition to efforts to build on two Beach Road parcels that have been under the Gulf of Mexico in years past ��� Rachel Brown Hackney Residents of Terrace East and directors of the Siesta Key Association have indicated they will oppose requests for two variances that will be addressed by the Sarasota County Commission on Jan. 9. Both petitions involve construction of new Beach Road homes with swimming pools and decks, paver driveways and landscape retaining walls about 200 feet seaward of the county���s Gulf Beach Setback Line. Peter van Roekens, vice president of the SKA, brought up the matter during the organization���s regular meeting on Dec. 6, noting the two lots had been beneath the Gulf of Mexico in the past. He had photos as proof for the County Commission, he pointed out. (Full story here) Click Any Headline To Go Directly To That Article AT A GLANCE TOP STORIES

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