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GOVERNING A CITY At the intersection of Gulfstream Avenue and U.S. 41 on a recent afternoon, people stand with signs in the medians, seeking handouts. Photo by Norman Schimmel CITY COMMISSION TACKLES 'GOLDEN EGGS,' OIL SPILL DAMAGES, VAGRANTS AND MORE By Stan Zimmerman City Editor A disputed election was upheld, a tax was increased, a class-action lawsuit was joined, a hotel was delayed and "sign flying" took a hit. It was a busy meeting on Monday, April 15, for the Sarasota City Commission. selves 2 mills to make physical and social improvements to the shopping Mecca ended with a surprising 65 percent to 35 percent level of rejection as the ballots were tallied. Marty Rappaport, chairman of the district, raised objections. He suggested the ballots BUSINESS MATTERS were mailed to the wrong addresses, because more than half the electors did not bother to The ongoing drama of return their ballots. A the St. Armands Busimailing from the disness Improvement Please don't kill the Golden Gate trict to the same voters District election came to explain the reason goose that lays the Golden Gate eggs. to a close. An election for the election had a to determine if propsignificant number "reCathy Antunes Resident erty owners wanted to turned to sender" by Golden Gate Point continue taxing themthe post office.

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