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CONTENTS Vol. 2, No. 22 — February 14, 2014 COUNTY TO CONGRESSMAN: HELP! NARROWLY APPROVED NEWS & COMMENTARY COUNTY TO CONGRESSMAN: HELP! 9 The County Commission wants answers from a federal agency regarding its delay in issuing guidelines for an affordable housing program — Rachel Brown Hackney NARROWLY APPROVED 14 The County Commission approves a downtown hotel deal on a split vote, but three commissioners voice concerns about the inability to ensure completion of the project — Roger Drouin $44,000 IN LIENS 19 The County Commission dismisses its lawsuit against Siesta Resorts over code violations and agrees to let the owner plead financial hardship over the bill he owes — Rachel Brown Hackney POT ROAST 26 Oft-uproarious medical marijuana debate touches on God, greed and weed — Cooper Levey-Baker DOWN TO TWO SITES 31 The City and County commissions will vote next week on renewing homelessness consultant Robert Marbut's contract and further analysis on shelter locations — Roger Drouin THE QUAY SITE, CHICKENS AND NOISE 36 The City Commission faces a Feb. 18 agenda chock-a-block full of business — Stan Zimmerman LOOK, BUT NOT TOO CLOSELY 44 The city's Public Art Committee will start work next month on a plan to put art in the center of 22 roundabouts — Stan Zimmerman CLAWING BACK THE CLAWBACK 48 Contract changes make it easier for Sarasota County to prove state's rowing investment was wise — Cooper Levey-Baker TABLE OF CONTENTS Click Any Headline To Go Directly To That Article PHOTO CREDITS Front cover: Out of the Wind - Norman Schimmel Sarasota Leisure: A Quiet Beach - Norman Schimmel

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