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Vol. 2, No. 2 — September 27, 2013 CONTENTS GOING LIVE FLOODING AND INSURANCE Click Any Headline To Go Directly To That Article NEWS & COMMENTARY GOING LIVE With the government's new online health insurance marketplace set to open Oct. 1, locals are working hard to spread the word — Cooper Levey-Baker 9 FLOODING AND INSURANCE 14 NOT JUST PICNIC TABLES 22 WHOSE SAY-SO? 26 WATER WORRIES 30 UNDER FIRE 36 OPENING SOON 40 AN AIRING OF FRUSTRATIONS 47 During a week of torrential rain, the County Commission learns Sarasota County homeowners will still get discounts on flood insurance, in spite of coming changes to a federal program — Rachel Brown Hackney County commissioners agree to set aside a portion of the voter-approved park lands tax to make newly acquired property accessible to the public — Roger Drouin A county commissioner has asked for a legal opinion on whether his board can move the date of the next referendum on a special 1 mill school tax — Rachel Brown Hackney A county commissioner asks for frequent updates on the Siesta Key stormwater project and says she hopes the county will help restore the beach in front of one condominium complex to its pre-project condition — Rachel Brown Hackney County commissioners criticize actions of the chairman of the Community Redevelopment Agency Extension Committee — Stan Zimmerman With the short-term operator's background checks all clear, the county and the City of North Port are working to get Warm Mineral Springs ready again for visitors — Rachel Brown Hackney County Commissioner Christine Robinson renews her efforts to help South County organizations win arts and cultural grants — Rachel Brown Hackney PHOTO CREDITS Front cover: Evening Glow - Norman Schimmel Sarasota Leisure: At Anchor - Norman Schimmel

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