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Vol. 2, No. 7 — November 1, 2013 CONTENTS TRANSITIONAL START ABOUT THAT MEMO … Click Any Headline To Go Directly To That Article NEWS & COMMENTARY ABOUT THAT MEMO … As it considers long-range plans for the Criminal Justice Center and the Tax Collector's Office in downtown Sarasota, the County Commission demands action regarding a city parcel — Rachel Brown Hackney 8 A DEAL CUT 16 NEGOTIATIONS BEGIN 22 APPEAL SESSIONS 29 ONE DOWN, FOUR TO GO 33 TRANSITIONAL START 36 HOW MANY STORIES? 42 PATH TO AN ACCEPTABLE PRICE 48 A WHOLE LOT OF VENTING 53 The Downtown Improvement District board has found a way to pacify one of its biggest taxpayers after a building manager threatened to pull out — Stan Zimmerman Sarasota County and the University of Miami begin talks on the sale of the archaeologically rich Little Salt Spring, but the two parties do not appear close to a deal — Roger Drouin Housing Authority win means Janie Poe redevelopment could be finished soon — Cooper Levey-Baker County Commission chairwoman says she will endorse a human rights amendment to protect gays and lesbians — Cooper Levey-Baker Interim Sarasota County Administrator Thomas Harmer led a similar transition in Titusville in 1999 after the city manager was fired there — Roger Drouin The County Commission seeks more financial details in comparing proposals for new Sheriff's Office facilities on Cattlemen Road — Rachel Brown Hackney Next week, the County Commission is scheduled to receive a thorough analysis of costs for bus shelters and the potential use of Native American chickees — Rachel Brown Hackney The North Port City commissioners decide not to seek a new short-term operator for Warm Mineral Springs; a long-term plan, they say, has to be the next step — Rachel Brown Hackney PHOTO CREDITS Front cover: Another perfect day - Norman Schimmel Sarasota Leisure: Chasing its tail - Norman Schimmel

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