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W h y w o u l d f o r m e r S a r a s o t a C o u n t y Administrator Randy Reid speak at a lun- cheon for Control Growth Now, led by one of the County Commission's most vocal oppo- nents on growth management? "I'd go to any group," Reid said. "It really bugs me when there are certain groups you're not supposed to go to." Control Growth Now President Dan Lobeck cited that open-mind- e d n e s s w h e n h e described how "easy" it was to select Reid as his organization's Citizen of the Year. Reid, fired by the County Commission last October after less than two years on the job, was an administrator "for all the people of our com- munity," Lobeck said in his introductory remarks, and "he listened to all concerned voices." Developers felt they could work with him, as did citizens' interest groups, Lobeck argued. For the most part, Reid refrained from directly addressing some of the contro- versial issues that led to his ouster, instead, Former Sarasota County Administrator Randy Reid greets well-wishers after being named Citizen of the Year by Control Growth Now. Photo by Cooper Levey-Baker OUSTED COUNTY ADMINISTRATOR TOUCHES ON ETHICS, TRANSPARENCY AND CHOOSING TO BE FIRED REID SPEAKS We'd love to have you sitting there making the decisions. Dan Lobeck President Control Growth Now By Cooper Levey-Baker Associate Editor

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