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Sarasota News Leader AND NOW? May 31, 2013 Page 29 meeting in a workshop session Wednesday, meaning no official decision could be taken. They agreed by unanimous consensus to proceed with the "studio environment" instead of making a call for consultants nationwide with a request for proposals. How is this going to work? That is unclear. It may take a path similar to Bradenton's re-coding experience, during which people were asked to step forward and write their own codes. They were then sent out to take physical measurements of their city at critical It was the solution promoted by staff, but it areas. will cost an estimated $750,000 over the next "Why does a certain stretch of sidewalk feel three years for Murphy, Georgiadis and city so comfortable?" asked Georgiadis. In other staffers to see it through to conclusion. Along words, the beginning seems a bottom-up ex- the way will be any number of public meetercise. ings. Murphy wants to include virtually all of the city's advisory boards; organized neighborThe first step, said Murphy, is to synthesize Sarasota's existing codes and other materi- hoods will be players, too, as will all of the als to produce what she called "base maps." city's departments — from utilities to police. Then she and Georgiadis and city planning Murphy also said, "It's important to talk to the and zoning staffers will begin to create what development community. We'll have a commushe called "a studio environment." nity discussion on what we want [the city] to Where, when and how all this will occur re- look like to fit into their vision. It's best to be main undecided. The city commissioners were proactive." % A Very Special Offer For Advertisers Purchase a full-page, advertising twelve pack between now and January 31st, 2013 and receive four of these fantastic SNL 16oz Tervis® Tumblers. Show your support for The Progressive Voice Of Southwest Florida around the house, around the office, wherever you go with these locally manufactured, high-quality insulated tumblers. or (941) 227-1080 Advertisers must meet all terms and conditions of sale for the 12-pack advertising package. Limit of one set of four tumblers per advertiser. Offer is valid while supplies last. "Tervis" is a registered trademark of Tervis® Tumbler Company. The Sarasota News Leader is not affiliated with Tervis® Tumbler Company.

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