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Sarasota News Leader November 8, 2013 Page 44 for 9 a.m. in the Think Tank at the Sarasota economic impact on the county of $105 milCounty Administration Building on Ringling lion a year after the first five years the complex Boulevard in downtown Sarasota. has been in existence. Benderson Development Co. wants to buy the land to build a 200,000-square-foot business park that its representatives say would be the only one of its kind in the county and create jobs. The firm wants to pay $2.5 million for the property. But commissioners said both developers' proposals lacked details they needed to make a decision. Then they took turns asking questions Wednesday. "I guess both proposals, for me, have a little way to go before I would support them," said Goodsports Enterprises has proposed leas- Commissioner Nora Patterson. ing the land from the county for $1 a year in exchange for construction of a sports vil- For example, Patterson wanted to see some lage, including a hotel for athletes and a field proof that Goodsports would carry through house, which they say will produce an annual on its proposal if the county let it lease the Goodsports Enterprises proposes an athlete-centric hotel field house and water park. Image courtesy Sarasota County

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