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LET THE PROJECTS PROCEED The new Sarasota County Emergency Operations/911 Center will be located at 6050 Porter Way in Sarasota. It will replace the existing facility, which is located in the Sarasota County Administration Center at 1660 Ringling Blvd. in Sarasota. Image courtesy Sarasota County 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 By Rachel Brown Hackney Editor They were separate votes on two signature price (GMP) for the construction of both projects for Sarasota County. One, neces- the new Emergency Operations/911 Center sitating no extra money, won unanimous (EOC) and the improvements at Siesta Key approval. The other ended in a split vote, with Public Beach. one county commisIn the latter sioner on the losing We already voted on this, and I case, Chairwoman side arguing the board Carolyn Mason and should not waste an don't want to micromanage this anymore. Commissioners Joe opportunity to save This [project has] been delayed for way Barbetta and Charles too long. money. Hines reaffirmed the Joe Barbetta Ultimately, the prevailboard's Aug. 28 decision Commissioner ing votes approved a to allow the construcSarasota County guaranteed maximum tion manager to

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