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Vol. 2, No. 3 — October 4, 2013 CONTENTS STUDYING JOINT TRANSIT OPPORTUNITIES TO PARTICIPATE Click Any Headline To Go Directly To That Article NEWS & COMMENTARY STUDYING JOINT TRANSIT The Sarasota County and Manatee County commissioners will revive discussion of a possible bus transit merger and privatization when they meet again on Oct. 15 — Roger Drouin 8 ROUND TWO 15 SCC PREVIEW 20 WAITING ON THE WEATHER 26 OFFSETTING COSTS 34 RADIO REPLACEMENT RFP 38 THE AMBUSH 42 OPPORTUNITIES TO PARTICIPATE 47 REFUSING TO GIVE IN 51 On Oct. 9, the County Commission is scheduled to consider two versions of a revised domestic partnership registry for county residents — Rachel Brown Hackney An ambitious agenda lies ahead for the Sarasota City Commission on Oct. 7, including discussion of the plans for the building at 1400 Main St. — Stan Zimmerman A delay in the completion of the new stormwater project on Siesta Key could have a ripple effect on the start of improvements at the public beach — Rachel Brown Hackney In an effort to reduce a projected 15-percent hike in employee healthcare costs, the county commissioners will consider changing the county's medical fund reserve policy — Roger Drouin The Sarasota County Procurement Department is reviewing bids from firms vying to assist the county in developing specifications for a new emergency communications system — Rachel Brown Hackney Analysis: The chairman of the CRA Extension Study Committee resigns as the battle continues over the future of the district — Stan Zimmerman The city's new form-based code, the county's Fruitville Initiative and 2050 Plan and the city's Lift Station 87 project will be focuses of upcoming public sessions — Stan Zimmerman The Downtown Improvement District rebuffs a former board member's request to cease putting new landscaping in front of a building for which he is seeking new tenants — Stan Zimmerman PHOTO CREDITS Front cover: Fountains in the Wind - Norman Schimmel Sarasota Leisure: The Tortoise and the Hare - Norman Schimmel

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