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WE'RE HIRING A house is under construction in the Forest Lakes area of Sarasota. Photo by Rachel Hackney COUNTY BEEFS UP PERMITS, INSPECTIONS AND PLANNING STAFF IN RESPONSE TO INCREASED DEVELOPMENT By Cooper Levey-Baker Associate Editor The number of Sarasota County permits and inspections has shot up over the last two years, and soon, so will the number of county staffers assigned to deal with them. According to a staff report discussed Tuesday, "in [fiscal year 2012] New Single Family housing permits increased 32% from [2011], noting the highest increases from July thru the end of the fiscal year." On top of that, the report The county's Planning and Development Serfound that 2013 is already quickly outpacing vices department won approval from the Coun2012: A chart shows that the number of sinty Commission Tuesgle-family permits isday, May 21, to hire sued in February 2012 nine new full-timers, We need to have those phones was almost doubled in a request sparked by February 2013, growanswered. a sharp uptick in the ing from 53 to 104. number of permit and Randall Reid Administrator inspection requests "The beginning of Sarasota County coming into the county. [2013] permitting resi-

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