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Sarasota News Leader October 18, 2013 Page 18 allow University of The Center for Florida graduate Architecture is taking Most problems and issues are over a county print students to study architecture at a 1960 uncovered when people come forward, shop and restoring it Sarasota School of and people are only going to do that when at no cost to the taxArchitecture build- they feel comfortable. payers, he points out. ing located on Orange Steve Uebelacker Cynthia Peterson later Avenue. Press releases Ethics and Compliance Officer Sarasota County emailed Uebelacker, and news reports have quoted Barbetta requesting a meetcalling the program a "tremendous mile- ing, at which Uebelacker told her he had no stone for Sarasota," "a great connection with intention of pursuing the matter. "I thought the University of Florida," and "big for the the issue was over," he wrote to Barbetta. community." (Peterson did not respond to a News Leader message.) When Uebelacker later met with Barbetta to discuss the employee's claims, Barbetta "vol- The second allegation is the thornier one. unteered" that he is indeed "very good friends" Tom Giddens and his wife, Toni, have long with Peterson and her husband, architect Guy protested the validity of the county's mowing Peterson, according to Uebelacker's Oct. 9 contracts, and in a 5,000-word email sent this email. But Barbetta tells The Sarasota News August, Tom charged that county employees Leader it's "shocking" that someone would had steered bids to favored companies and suggest he might profit from the arrangement. retaliated against Storm Tech for speaking out. A South Orange Avenue building designed in the style of the Sarasota School of Architecture will be the future home of a University of Florida graduate architecture program. Photo by Norman Schimmel

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