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Sarasota News Leader May 24, 2013 Page 16 night," said Commissioner Christine Robinson. "They didn't change the interlocal agreement. The definition of insanity is repeating yourself over and over again." After joint meetings last summer and this spring, "we're repeating ourselves," she added. "I don't know what a third meeting would do." Commissioner Joe Barbetta said the North Port board was making some "wild statements." "We're wasting our time," he added. "In the dispute resolution process you have gone through — the joint public meeting — if that fails, then the next step is mediation in the sense we're used to in legal proceedings, where representatives would meet," said County Attorney Stephen DeMarsh. File photo County Attorney Stephen DeMarsh. "There The County Commission eventually approved would not be a joint meeting." the interlocal agreement unanimously and "If they don't want to mediate, then we've said no to another joint sit-down. Commisdone our best," he added. And if mediation sioner Charles Hines summed it up: "We gave fails? "It allows one party or the other to sue," it our best shot, and it's clear we just have two DeMarsh said. different visions." % The North Port City Commission. Photo courtesy City of North Port

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