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CONTENTS CAST ASIDE STATUS UPDATE NEWS & COMMENTARY CAST ASIDE 8 The county commissioners fire Randall Reid without cause and name Tom Harmer the interim county administrator — Roger Drouin PROBING A PARCEL'S POTENTIAL 18 The county commissioners direct staff to negotiate with a developer proposing a 150-room Kimpton Hotel on county-owned land at U.S. 301 and Main Street in Sarasota — Roger Drouin PRESSING ON 23 Despite problems, agencies fight to help locals access healthcare — Cooper Levey-Baker STATUS UPDATE 28 A Q&A with Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida President and CEO Barbara Zdravecky — Cooper Levey-Baker TAKING SHAPE 34 As Lido Beach's renourishment project takes shape, so does debate. The project is designed to slow erosion, but some residents question two key elements of the plan — Roger Drouin FOCUS ON THE LONG TERM 42 The County Commission seeks a new solicitation for the short-term operation of Warm Mineral Springs and a 90-day turnaround on the scope of work for the resort's long-term management — Rachel Brown Hackney SOFTWARE PITCH REBUFFED 49 The City Commission presses for 'collaborative opportunities' with other law enforcement agencies as it questions a Police Department request — Stan Zimmerman NOT A THAI DISH 52 The City Commission settles on a 'pad lite' option for the State Street garage design — Stan Zimmerman UNLIKELY CHAMPION RETURNS 57 Community Redevelopment Agency Extension Study Committee members ponder the preservation of the Newtown CRA as well as the one for downtown — Stan Zimmerman LET THE PROJECTS PROCEED 62 Work is set to begin on the new county Emergency Operations Center and Siesta Public Beach improvements — but not without a county commissioner's last-ditch effort to control some of the latter's expenses — Rachel Brown Hackney TABLE OF CONTENTS Click Any Headline To Go Directly To That Article PHOTO CREDITS Front cover: Safe Sex Halloween Bash 2012 - Robert Hackney Sarasota Leisure: Across the bay - Norman Schimmel Vol. 2, No. 6 — October 25, 2013

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