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The vote was unanimous on Jan. 28 when Commissioner Nora Patterson put forth a motion asking that County Commission Chairman Charles Hines write a letter to the Florida Department o f Tr a n s p o r t a t i o n ( F D O T ) r e q u e s t - i n g " p u b l i c participation and edu- cation" regarding the agency's plan to con- struct a roundabout at the intersection of Midnight Pass Road and Beach Road near Siesta Public Beach. "I've had a fair amount of negative feedback on that [plan]," Patterson told her colleagues during their regular meeting in Sarasota. "I think it deserves a public discussion." W h e n s h e t a l k e d with FDOT District One Secretary Billy H a t t a w a y a b o u t t h e m a t t e r d u r i n g the Sarasota/Manatee Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) meeting the prior day, she said, he explained t o h e r t h a t t h e One of the new crosswalks on Midnight Pass Road is near the entrance to the Gulf & Bay Club (marked by the red flag), just east of the Midnight Pass Road intersection with Beach Road. Image from Google Maps THE COUNTY COMMISSION WILL ASK THE FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION TO HOLD PUBLIC MEETINGS ON A PROPOSED SIESTA KEY ROUNDABOUT LET THE PUBLIC BE HEARD I don't know how I feel about [the proposed Siesta Key roundabout]. It's kind of hard to say 'Yes' or 'No,' and I think the public is owed a conversation a n d e d u c a t i o n o n t h a t , a n d t h e opportunity to object. Nora Patterson Commissioner Sarasota County By Rachel Brown Hackney Editor

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