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Siesta Seen ABOUT THAT LIGHT POLE … It has become a bit of a running joke at Siesta Key Village Association (SKVA) meetings: A light pole knocked down by a drunken driver in early September 2012 near Siesta Beach Resort & Suites — located at 5311 Ocean Blvd. in Siesta Village — never has been replaced. Mark Smith — who oversees the village upkeep on behalf of the Siesta Key Village Maintenance Corp. — was scheduled for a Feb. 5 "walk-through" with Lisa Cece, the new county employee charged with the same job on the county's behalf, he told SKVA members at their Feb. 4 meeting. Cece's formal title is business professional and special district coordinator in the county's Transportation and Real Estate Department. "We don't have our streetlight yet," Smith noted again during the meeting. In fact, a number of matters that needed address- ing, which he went over with county staff in late October 2013, never have been seen to, including the removal of paint on one area of Village sidewalk. Work continued Feb. 4 on the site of the new stormwater pond, just east of Siesta Public Beach. Excavation of the pond to the necessary depth and configuration has been completed, county staff reported this week, and the stormwater lift station that operated on the site has been removed. The project completion still is set for April 13. Photo by Rachel Hackney Sarasota News Leader February 7, 2014 Page 109

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