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Big construction overruns, four separate issues on vagrancy, untangling traffic issues and mediating a lawyerly cat fight are on the "playbill" for the Monday, April 21, Sarasota City Commission meeting. Two major city building projects are escalat- ing in cost well beyond the original estimates, and on Monday, the commissioners will be asked to approve ways to scrape up the cash to fund one of them. The State Street parking garage is anticipated to cost a minimum of $4 million above its 2008 estimate. Staff will ask the City Commission to approve a $10.6 million contract with A.D. Morgan Corp. to build the garage. To pay for it, the city will be borrowing money internally from its Fleet Liability Fund and the Worker's Compensation Fund. The com- mission also will be considering a budget amendment necessary to formally reallocate the money to cover the $4.1 million shortfall. Later, in the evening session, the commission- ers will get an update on Lift Station 87 (see the related story in this issue). In January, city Utility Director Mitt Tidwell estimated With permit finally in hand, the firm that will undertake the rehabilitation of Dolphin Tower can begin its work. Photo by Norman Schimmel HOMELESSNESS, LEGAL AND DOWNTOWN TRAFFIC ISSUES JOIN PROJECT COST OVERRUNS IN MAKING UP MOST OF THE APRIL 21 CITY COMMISSION AGENDA REALITY TV CON MAS By Stan Zimmerman City Editor

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