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WHAT KIND OF PRECEDENT? PROTESTS ARE MOUNTING AS THE COUNTY COMMISSION PREPARES TO VOTE NEXT WEEK ON WHETHER TO ALLOW CONSTRUCTION ON SIESTA KEY BEYOND THE GULF BEACH SETBACK LINE By Rachel Brown Hackney Editor With more than 20 email protests having shown up in the Sarasota County commissioners��� inbox before noon on Jan. 3, opposition is mounting to requests for county variances to allow two homes to be constructed on Siesta Key about 200 feet beyond the county���s Gulf Beach Setback Line. As those protests mount, Siesta Key Association President Catherine Luckner says the County Commission will be facing a potentially precedent-making decision during its regular meeting in Sarasota on Jan. 9: If the commissioners approve the variances for 162 Beach Road and 168 Beach Road, will they es- An Oct. 29 photo of the north section of Beach Road shows it crumbling as a result of wind and wave action associated with then-Tropical Storm Sandy. The two lots where construction is proposed are near that part of the road. Photo courtesy Sarasota County

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