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An artist's rendering shows one view of the State Street garage. Image courtesy City of Sarasota Even the City of Sarasota must abide by the City of Sarasota's rules, regulations and codes when it comes to projects, and that includes the plans for the State Street parking garage. On Wednesday, March 19, the garage and two private proposals came before the Development Review Committee (DRC), com- posed of senior city staffers in the Planning, Zoning and Building departments. The private projects were a new six-plex con- dominium at 1343 Fourth St. and an expansion of the Marietta Museum of Art and Whimsy on the North Tamiami Trail. The city needs to complete the State Street garage by mid-February of next year, and it is well behind the construction curve because the city commissioners dithered for months over the design. Earlier this month, the garage plans whisked through the city Planning Board process to gain approval for three zon- ing code "adjustments." On Wednesday, the DRC members looked over the construction drawings to check their compliance with the building code. THE CITY GRANTS EXCEPTIONS TO ITS OWN PROJECTS, BUT TWO OTHER SETS OF PLANS NEED MORE TWEAKS BEFORE MOVING ON TO THE NEXT STAGE PUBLIC AND PRIVATE VENTURES By Stan Zimmerman City Editor

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