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Sarasota News Leader June 14, 2013 Page 45 ready at the DID meeting to write up a solicitation process for new ideas and approaches. "As we looked at this, the pricing you're looking at — $30,000 to $40,000 to fix them — and then $20,000 to $40,000 in annual maintenance, you'd be paying the replacement costs every two years," said Senior Planner Steve Stancel. "We think it may be time to go out to bid with a [request for proposals (RFP)] for an entirely new system. And this time we include the maintenance contract as part of the RFP." The district levies a property tax separate from normal city taxes to create a revenue stream to pay for improvements to the down- A broken wire is visible in an oak in Five Points Park. Photo courtesy of the Downtown Improvement District The lights in Five Point Parks were programmed to change colors at night. Photo by Norman Schimmel

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