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The Sarasota County Commission this week kicked the can down the road on a decision about, well, a road — a proposed north-south artery east of Interstate 75 that could one day connect Bee Ridge Road to University Parkway and Lakewood Ranch. The move was prompted by a request from d e v e l o p e r R i c h a r d Fischer, who is in the middle of asking the county to rezone seven acres on the north side of Bee Ridge, near the site where Bee Ridge intersects with Mauna Loa Boulevard. A RaceTrac gas station is already planned for the northeast corner there; Terracap BR Partners' Bee Ridge Park of Commerce proposal would wrap around that station to the north and east. According to a staff report on the rezoning petition, Terracap wants to build a 77,000-square- foot retail and office building there, plus two smaller outbuildings. According to Thomas M a t r u l l o , a m e m - b e r o f t h e B e e Ridge Neighborhoods Association and the secretary of the Lake Sarasota County staff maps show the planned route for Spine Road. Images courtesy Sarasota County DECISION DELAYED ON STREET NEAR NEW PROPOSED BEE RIDGE COMMERCIAL ZONE SPINE ON TAP We did all this years and years ago, because the county back then didn't want to plan for roads east of I-75. Richard Fischer Developer By Cooper Levey-Baker Associate Editor

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