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With little discussion this week, the county commissioners once again voted unani- mously to keep momentum going on a plan for a homeless shelter in Sarasota. O n We d n e s d a y, F e b . 1 9 , t h e C o u n t y Commission approved a contract extension for homelessness consultant Robert Marbut, so he can spend another nine months in the community, working to implement recom- mendations he released in November 2013 — including a come-as-you-are homeless shelter in Sarasota. The board also approved splitting with the City of Sarasota the $40,000 cost for addi- tional environmental analysis at two possible shelter locations. The Phase Two undertaking will include soil testing and other research to investigate past industrial uses on the proper- ties. The testing is the next step in calculating timelines, building configurations and con- struction cost estimates for shelters on the two sites, Wayne Applebee, the county's homelessness coordinator told The Sarasota News Leader after Wednesday's vote. Wayne Applebee, Sarasota County's homeless coordinator, addresses the County Commission Feb. 19. Photo by Roger Drouin UNLIKE THEIR CITY COUNTERPARTS, ALL THE COUNTY COMMISSIONERS APPROVE EXTENDING A HOMELESSNESS CONSULTANT'S CONTRACT AND PURSUING MORE ANALYSIS OF TWO POTENTIAL SHELTER SITES UNANIMOUS IN THEIR ACTION By Roger Drouin County Editor In April, we want to be able to say, 'This is the cost estimate for Site A and this is the estimate for Site B, and this is the timeline for Site A and the timeline for Site B.' Wayne Applebee Homelessness Coordinator Sarasota County

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