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Sarasota News Leader February 1, 2013 Having served on the Sarasota/Manatee Metropolitan Planning Organization [MPO] for a number of years, Patterson added, she had seen Manatee County win approval for 20 or more shelters at one time. "Is there a grant possible we're not taking advantage of?" she asked. Page 35 so she could learn more about any funding opportunities available. Patterson suggested Carter discuss grant possibilities with MPO staff. TIMING, TOO "We have the opportunity to go after funding," Then Commissioner Christine Robinson asked how long it takes from the time the County Carter replied. Commission approves locations for shelters "So we could get more?" Patterson responded. before the structures are completed. "Yes, we could," Carter said, pointing out that "Approximately one to two years," Blanchard she had been attending meetings of the MPO, replied. a regional planning transportation agency, since she came to work for Sarasota County, "Oh, for God's sake," Patterson said. A slide from the SCAT presentation to the County Commission on Jan. 29 offers details about bus shelter costs. Image courtesy Sarasota County

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