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PONDERING $200 MILLION A Sarasota County graphic shows a proposed new combination jail and courthouse facility in the place of the existing Sarasota County Sheriff���s offices on Ringling Boulevard in downtown Sarasota. Image courtesy Sarasota County THE COUNTY COMMISSION HEARS PROPOSALS FOR A NEW CRIMINAL JUSTICE CENTER LANDSCAPE IN DOWNTOWN SARASOTA By Stan Zimmerman City Editor Sarasota County staff led the county com- additional jail space, more courtrooms and a missioners on a walk through the future on new ���central energy plant��� providing uninterWednesday, March 20. Plans were offered to ruptible power. move the downtown The proposed sheriff���s sheriff���s 26-year-old ofcampus on Cattlemen fice to a ���campus��� near The idea was to put a second Road would include the interstate. (See the judicial tower where the old city police a 150,000-square-foot related story in this is- department was located. That is still a administration center, sue.) viable option. roughly three times In its place, the staff the size of the curWalt Smith Courts Administrator proposed a 10-story rent 50,000-squareSarasota County building combining foot building in down-

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