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DENIED A SEAT Jon Thaxton. Photo by Norman Schimmel MICHAEL BEAUMIER AND PAUL BISPHAM ARE NAMED TO THE COUNTY PLANNING COMMISSION, WHILE FORMER THREE-TERM COUNTY COMMISSIONER JON THAXTON RECEIVED ONLY ONE VOTE By Roger Drouin County Editor The Sarasota County Commission on Tuesday, July 9, appointed Michael Beaumier and Paul Bispham to the Planning Commission, denying the candidacy of former three-term County Commissioner Jon Thaxton. General contractor Beaumier and sod business owner Bispham garnered five and four votes, respectively, while Thaxton received a lone vote, cast by Commissioner Nora Patterson. Patterson subsequently asked Chairwoman Carolyn Mason to allow her to change her vote so the support for Bispham would be unanimous as well. Not much surprises me anymore. Jon Thaxton Former Commissioner Sarasota County In August, the two new planning commissioners will fill open seats vacated by Cheryl Luehr and Roland Piccone.

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