Sarasota News Leader

08/09/2013 & 08/16/2013

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AFTER THE STORM A comprehensive plan for handling a future disaster could help Sarasota County return quickly to its usual welcoming state. Photo by Norman Schimmel SARASOTA COUNTY BEGAN DRAFTING ITS POST DISASTER REDEVELOPMENT PLAN AFTER THE BACK-TO-BACK STORM SEASONS OF 2004 AND 2005 By Roger Drouin County Editor Sarasota County is finalizing its blue- such as a hurricane coming ashore at the print for rebuilding after a major storm or bayfront. disaster strikes. "This is not the immediate post-storm manOver the next few agement plan," said months, county staff Laird Wreford, Sarawill be making reviWe are hoping to develop sota County coastal sions and updates to a something that will help the community resources manager. 130-page draft Post Di- and save us a significant amount of "This is how do you saster Redevelopment money if we get hit by a disaster. get your community Plan (PDRP), which back up and running Laird Wreford outlines a strategy for long-term after someCoastal Resources Manager the long-term redevelthing catastrophic has Sarasota County opment after an event happened."

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