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No. 39 — June 14, 2013 CONTENTS THE PAST AND FUTURE DESTRUCTION ON THE BEACH OF DESIGN Click Any Headline To Go Directly To That Article NEWS & COMMENTARY A PAY BOOST? 8 AN ENVIRONMENTAL NIGHTMARE 13 DESTRUCTION ON THE BEACH 21 THE $8 MILLION QUESTION 27 SCC PREVIEW 33 BRAKES ON THE BRT 37 PULLING THE PLUGS 44 CEMENTING HER POSITION 47 ONLY PART OF THE PROBLEM 49 A chart shows the remaining County Commission meetings regarding the 2014 fiscal year budget before it goes into effect on Oct. 1. Image courtesy Sarasota County — Rachel Brown Hackney Sarasota couple vows to keep fighting downtown ditch project — Cooper Levey-Baker Two nights in a row this week, vandals ripped up signs and stakes put in place to protect endangered nesting snowy plovers on Siesta Public Beach — Rachel Brown Hackney Money freed up by a change in the county's operating reserves policy ignites more debate over how the County Commission can best put the funds to use — Rachel Brown Hackney Planning issues dominate the City Commission's June 17 agenda, including the lawsuit over the Ringling Shopping Center property and Planning Board vacancies — Stan Zimmerman The County Commission is seeking more city and private support for a bus rapid transit system — and paring its plan to a shorter first corridor if it forges ahead — Rachel Brown Hackney The Downtown Improvement District board decides to extinguish the Five Points Park lights instead of facing ongoing high expenses — Stan Zimmerman Analysis: The city's chief of police names new senior staff — Stan Zimmerman Issues specific to St. Armands — including potential placement of a garage — are among numerous parking matters the City of Sarasota is trying to resolve — Stan Zimmerman PHOTO CREDITS Front cover: Sarasota Sunrise - Norman Schimmel Sarasota Leisure: Nik Skywalker - Norman Schimmel

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