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No. 41 — June 28, 2013 A DECREASE IN CRIME AND PERSONNEL CONTENTS EMPHASIS ON 'TEMPORARY' Click Any Headline To Go Directly To That Article NEWS & COMMENTARY S.O.S. FOR S.O.S. 8 A DECREASE IN CRIME AND PERSONNEL 14 EMPHASIS ON 'TEMPORARY' 21 WHERE DID THE MONEY GO? 27 FOLLOWING HIGH POINT'S LEAD 32 SCC PREVIEW 35 RAISES OR NOT? 39 CITY BRIEFS 42 Former volunteer makes disturbing claims about the conditions at Save Our Seabirds — Cooper Levey-Baker The Sheriff's Office has reduced countywide crime by 25 percent as a result of its Intelligence Led Policing program, and the sheriff is seeking higher pay for the officers making that program work — Rachel Brown Hackney Warm Mineral Springs will close at 5 p.m. Sunday, but the City of North Port has begun the process of hiring a short-term manager, with the City Commission having approved a new agreement with the county — Rachel Brown Hackney Members of a committee appointed by the City and County commissions begin examining the expenses of the city's community redevelopment agency — Stan Zimmerman Police detectives are rounding up 'first tier' criminals and warning those in the 'second tier' to shape up or meet the same fate — Stan Zimmerman The July 1 City Commission agenda will focus on a medical spa planned for the North Trail, a new leash law for Payne Park, Police Department Tasers and questions regarding the Public Art Committee — Stan Zimmerman With requests for further information, the County Commission holds off on a vote regarding merit pay increases for non-union county workers — Rachel Brown Hackney The MPO endorses the North Tamiami Trail traffic plan; McCurdy's is moving downtown; Main Street improvements to get under way — Stan Zimmerman PHOTO CREDITS Front cover: Ibises On The Beach - Robert Hackney Sarasota Leisure: Bromeliad Fountain, Selby Gardens - Robert Hackney

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