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Sarasota News Leader July 4, 2013 Page 16 sion on June 21, she is anticipating an extra The changes in those two buildings will cost 45,000 walk-in customers at her offices, re- about $1 million, Ford-Coates said. sulting in a 30 percent increase in transaction Another challenge downtown will be parking, time. she pointed out. Her employees and county Already, Ford-Coates continued, she and her staff, she added, also are working "to deterstaff have been working with Sarasota County mine the best solution to that." Property Appraiser Bill Furst about remodelHowever, she noted, "The big issue is the ing her offices in the Terrace Building in down5,000 [annual] road tests that we will have to town Sarasota — with Furst moving employhandle." ees out of the first-floor space they have been occupying. Remodeling will be necessary as Among the possibilities for a central office, well at the R.L. Anderson Administration Cen- she continued, are pinpointing a site the counter in Venice. ty already owns, leasing a facility or purchas- Gulf Gate Library opened in its temporary space in Westfield Sarasota Square Mall in late February. Photo by Norman Schimmel

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