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CONTENTS FLIP-FLOP A REGIONAL TRANSPORTATION OUTLOOK Click Any Headline To Go Directly To That Article NEWS & COMMENTARY FLIP-FLOP8 Commissioner's change of mind eliminates tentative Warm Mineral Springs deal — Cooper Levey-Baker MORE NOISE OVER SOUND 13 THE SURVEY SAYS ... 18 GOVERNING A CITY 21 AVOIDING ANOTHER MOWING FIASCO 27 A REGIONAL TRANSPORTATION OUTLOOK 31 ON THE WAY OUT 36 BUMBLING FORWARD AS USUAL 39 CASTING FATE TO THE COUNTY 42 DO IT RIGHT THE FIRST TIME 46 The City Commission wrestles again with controlling noise downtown, seeking a moratorium on new bars, among other measures — Stan Zimmerman Report shows spike in number of Suncoast homeless — Cooper Levey-Baker City Commission tackles 'golden eggs, oil spill damages, vagrants and more — Stan Zimmerman The County Commission continues a vote to award a new fleet fuel contract after questions arise over big differences between the bids — Rachel Brown Hackney The Sarasota and Manatee county commissions agree to pursue a bus rapid transit system along U.S. 41 and the possibility of hiring a private operator for regular bus service — Rachel Brown Hackney The attempt to save media specialists' jobs appears to have failed as the School Board faces more red ink — Scott Proffitt The latest Chalk Festival request for fee waivers leads to a proposal for a city policy discussion about such events — Stan Zimmerman Analysis: City appears poised to opt out of future CRA plans — Stan Zimmerman A Manatee County expert on new emergency communications technology says problems can be avoided by making the necessary investment at the outset — Rachel Brown Hackney PHOTO CREDITS Front cover: Selby Gardens Sentinel - Robert Hackney Sarasota Leisure: Fiery Sunset - Norman Schimmel

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