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synthetic marijuana and methamphetamine substitutes. The latter are sometimes referred to as "bath salts," and they have been sold at a variety of retail establishments, including convenience stores. Police can be hamstrung in making arrests, because the normal tests for Schedule I and II drugs do not react pos- itively to these new substances. When new tests are devised, the makers simply modify the chemical makeup of the substances to pass the new tests, law enforcement officers say. Hence the term "designer drugs." After a public hearing, the Sarasota County Commission on Feb. 12 unanimously passed an ordinance regulating the sale of these "misbranded consumer commodities." The City Commission will be asked to pass a res- olution in support of that action, allowing for "concurrent enforcement" by city and county authorities. Meanwhile, the home of some of the city's fastest boats — MarineMax on Ken Thompson Parkway — will be asking for a lease exten- sion. The company wants to extend its lease for an additional 20 years in four five-year renewals. The rent would be $350,000 per year plus adjustments for the Consumer Price Index. The rent is offset by improvements the leaseholder makes to the property. The land includes the Old Salty Dog restaurant. The afternoon commission session starts at 2:30 p.m. The evening session commences at 6 p.m. If you choose not to go, you can watch the streaming video on the city's website sara- % Sarasota News Leader February 14, 2014 Page 42

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