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RAMPING IT UP Children ages 2 to 5 compete in BMX Strider events at the Sarasota track. Photo courtesy of Sarasota County THE COUNTY COMMISSION TENTATIVELY AGREES TO FUND THE UPGRADES NEEDED TO MAKE ITS BMX TRACK A MAJOR COMPETITION VENUE By Rachel Brown Hackney Editor It took him a few months, but Sarasota County Commissioner Joe Barbetta finally won support from his fellow board members this week for upgrading the county's BMX facility on 17th Street. fore the County Commission during the public comments portion of its regular meeting on Aug. 27 to plead for the addition of a 5-meter ramp and the reconfiguration of the track to make the BMX facility the only one of its type available on the U.S. East Coast — and Although Barbetta's motion was pegged to the only the second one in the nation. The other county's Parks and Recreation Department facility, in Chula Vista, CA, is in demand by supplying documentaathletes from all over tion of project details the world for training I can support the project. It's hard to purposes, the comand estimates, his motion passed on a unan- resist when these kids come in front of you. missioners heard in imous vote. public comments at Nora Patterson Commissioner their Aug. 20 budget It came after more Sarasota County workshop. people appeared be-

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