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Although the Sarasota County Commission voted unanimously on Feb. 19 to continue a public hearing on a controversial peti- tion regarding proposed construction at 162 Beach Road, the action followed what County Attorney Stephen DeMarsh characterized as an unusual decision to allow brief public comments without a staff presentation. It also followed a debate over when the pub- lic hearing would be rescheduled. The board vote set that date as April 23, with the item set for the afternoon session. According to sources and comments at the meeting, both Siesta Key Association (SKA) President Catherine Luckner and residents of A site plan shows how far the house originally proposed for 162 Beach Road would have extended beyond the Gulf Beach Setback Line. Image courtesy Sarasota County THE COUNTY COMMISSION CONTINUES A PUBLIC HEARING ON A CONTROVERSIAL SIESTA KEY CONSTRUCTION PROJECT UNTIL APRIL 23 WHILE THE OWNERS WORK ON YET ANOTHER A NEW PLAN By Rachel Brown Hackney Editor TO BE CONTINUED

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