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Sarasota News Leader May 31, 2013 Page 15 sion would approve this," Commissioner We've had it. … I don't know that Nora Patterson said in joining Commissioner there's a need to hear additional public Christine Robinson on input … the losing side of the Charles Hines Vice Chairman vote. "I am really starCounty Commission tled." Hines pointed to the documentation provided by the Baumanns' representatives during a presentation to the commission. "I think it was meant to be a road, clearly, and it's not going to be used Robinson cited county Parks Policy 1.1.13 in her opposition to the as a road, and, therefore, we should vacate it." action, because the property in question pro- "Mr. Hines is spot on," Barbetta said. The right vides access to a Siesta canal. That policy sec- of way provided no access to the canal until tion of the county's Comprehensive Plan says, the 1950s, he added. "Our comp plan was [ap"The County shall not vacate road segments proved] in the '70s." on waterfronts along any creek, river, lake, bay, or gulf access point and shall encourage "So we don't apply [the Comprehensive Plan] right-of-way use of these areas for coastal to any of the plats that were done before the beach and bay access." comp plan?" Robinson queried Barbetta. A photo shows the top of the bank of the canal at the access area on the right of way, looking north. Photo courtesy Sarasota County

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