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Sarasota News Leader January 24, 2014 out. Now we're going for a three-year contract, including removing the gum. We would do [the work] twice a year. The city would fund that." Page 47 tapped. "The inventory tax on retail establishments may be a source," she said. While the difference between "clean" and "dirty" concrete is simply shades of grey, the DID Chairman Ernie Ritz suggested restau- chewing gum residue is immediately apparrants pay more for sidewalk cafe permits to ent. Therefore, maybe the city should tax chewing gum retailers, but that idea was not cover the expense. "Something in the range raised. of $500 or $1,000 per year," said Kauffman. "Only for restaurants with outdoor dining." DENSITY ALERT Kauffman added that the DID might be willing to put some money towards "supplemental cleaning," but he noted, "I think there is a limit to how much the downtown merchants can contribute." In other business this week, Karin Murphy with the city's Urban Design Studio gave a short briefing to the DID. She said her team is looking at measures to provide incentives for downtown redevelopment. One might be new building code language concerning first-floor Hampshire added another funding source to measurements. "It could remove the penalty the mix, suggesting the old "business tax" be for higher ceilings," added Murphy. The Urban Design Studio operates under City of Sarasota aegis in the Federal Building on Orange Avenue in downtown Sarasota. Photo by Norman Schimmel

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