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FRIENDS, INDEED Construction of the new Gulf Gate Library continues, with an opening still planned for the fall of 2014, according to county staff. Photo by Norman Schimmel THE FRIENDS OF GULF GATE LIBRARY GIVE THE COUNTY A 25,000-SQUARE-FOOT PARCEL THAT CAN BE USED FOR PARKING FOR THE NEW LIBRARY By Rachel Brown Hackney Editor For a long time, members of the Friends of Gulf with the specification that it be used for parking Gate Library had their eye on a 25,000-square- and other purposes related to the new library foot parcel across the under construction at street from their facilthe corner of Curtiss This is just an example of what Avenue and Gulf Gate ity on Curtiss Avenue [the Friends groups] do for us. It's a Drive. in Sarasota. Finally, on Dec. 31, 2012, the Friends signed papers to make the property their own. And last week — on Dec. 11 — they turned it over to Sarasota County small example. They work tirelessly to help fill in some of those gaps that occur, especially during the bad economic times, and a gift like this raises the bar for other Friends [organizations], quite honestly. Christine Robinson Commissioner Sarasota County In the spirit of the board's final regular meeting before the holidays, Friends of Gulf Gate Library President Deanie Erb told the commissioners she had a gift

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