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The neighbors do not want a shelter for the homeless and vagrants. Two sites remain under consideration: one across the street from the City of Sarasota sewer treatment plant on Osprey Avenue; the other, at the north end of East Avenue. Neighbors around each parcel are leery, to say the least. Residents who live n e a r t h e O s p r e y Av e n u e s i t e c a m e down en masse on Monday, March 3, to express their con- c e r n s t o t h e C i t y Commission, which was meeting in the County Commission cham- bers while its audio-visual equipment was undergoing an upgrade in the city chambers. For months, Vice Mayor Willie Shaw had been trying to force a place on the agenda for residents to have a say in the site selection process. He also asked Sarasota Police Lt. Kevin Stiff to speak to the commission. Stiff has visited several other shelters built on the model pro - posed by a consultant working for the city and county. Lt. Kevin Stiff (left) and Capt. Pat Robinson testiļ¬ed about the proposed shelter for homeless and vagrants in north Sarasota. Photo by Stan Zimmerman THE SARASOTA HOMELESS SHELTER PLAN STRIKES SPARKS AGAIN DURING A CITY COMMISSION MEETING RAISING MORE CONCERNS If everybody in the area is vociferously against it, he's wasting his time. Dr. Mark Kauffman Board Member Downtown Improvement District By Stan Zimmerman City Editor

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