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don't know what's going on, the timetable and so forth." As for the noise, he added, "It was horrible for at least two weeks." The building, which is 15 stories tall, faces west across Gulfstream Avenue. One side fronts on Palm Avenue. Despite a bevy of rumors, as of press time, there were no plans by the city to either block off Palm Avenue or evacuate the businesses surrounding the tower, city officials say. The contractor is working under a demolition permit issued by the city, but the firm has yet to receive a building permit to start knitting the building back together. A senior building official told The Sarasota News Leader the engineering solution is complex, so it is being double-checked carefully by a consultant hired by the city before the city issues a build- ing permit. The structure was emptied hurriedly in July 2010 when a concrete slab holding up 11 of the 15 stories cracked. The floors below that level were used for parking and a lobby to serve the 117 units. The condominium association did receive an insurance settlement. That, coupled with assessments of unit owners, is expected to cover the cost of the work. The repair plan calls for reinforcing the fourth-floor transfer slab. The water jets are being used to cut about 2 inches of concrete from the surface of the slab in preparation for strengthening it. Then a 6-inch layer of new, reinforced concrete will be poured on top of the old slab. % • Gene Burgess and Melonie Burgess, licensed acupuncture physicians • Serving Sarasota since 2008 • Treatment rates are on a sliding scale, from $15-$35; new patients pay a one-time additional fee of $10 AFFORDABLE ACUPUNCTURE FOR EVERYONE 3615 Webber St • Sarasota, FL 34232 (941) 922-4611 Open Tuesday through Saturday Our Mission To provide our community with high quality and affordable acupuncture and herbal medicine and to create a treatment space that connects people and builds community. Click for larger map and driving directions Click To Schedule An Appointment Online MENTION THIS AD TO RECEIVE $5 OFF THE NEW PATIENT FEE Sarasota News Leader March 28, 2014 Page 46

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