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Provide more public participation in the pro- cess and more details about how it would work: That was the combined request the Sarasota County Commission made to staff, by consensus, on March 5 after the board heard a presentation on a request for pad- dleboard rentals at t h e S i e s t a P u b l i c Beach concession. Rob Alfieri, who owns SUP Sarasota, took the opportunity during the public comments portion of the board's afternoon session Wednesday to plead for approval of a six-month pilot program. He pointed out that he had been working on the proposal for the past 18 months with Warren LaBonte, who holds the Siesta Public Beach concession contract with the county, and county staff. After the trial period, Alfieri said, the com- mission could extend the program, issue a Request for Proposals ( R F P ) t o s e e k other concepts for A man on a standup paddleboard cruises beyond swimmers at Crescent Beach. File photo THE COUNTY COMMISSION WANTS MORE PUBLIC PARTICIPATION — AND MORE DETAILS FROM STAFF — ABOUT A PROPOSAL TO ALLOW PADDLEBOARD RENTALS AT SIESTA PUBLIC BEACH YOUR THOUGHTS, PLEASE I think it's a good amenity to have. We can control it … but I don't think we have all the logistics figured out yet. Charles Hines Chairman Sarasota County Commission By Rachel Brown Hackney Editor

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