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Anybody who has lived in Germany knows households are responsible for their side- walks. It is not uncommon to see people with scrub brushes and hoses on a weekend morn- ing, cleaning "their" sidewalk. It is a habit many wish was shared by downtown Sarasota merchants and property owners. The buildup of filth is especially noticeable near establishments with outdoor food and beverage services. Instead of the businesses handling the work, it has been left to the city to see that the side- walks are cleaned. For the past three years, that upkeep has not happened. But "clean" is coming back. The city recently issued a Request for Proposals, and after a "clean-off," Sunshi ne Clea ning emerged the victor. The firm will be cov- ering four separate a r e a s : d o w n t o w n , Newtown, Hillview The 'classy chassis' of Lectric Limo's low-speed electric people mover has more in common with a modern sports car than a traditional golf cart. Image courtesy Lectric Limo THE DOWNTOWN IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT BOARD LEARNS A FIRM HAS BEEN CHOSEN FOR SIDEWALK CLEANING, AND IT TESTS ANOTHER ELECTRIC 'CIRCULATOR' SIDEWALK CLEANING AND TRANSPORTATION This is going to be our salvation downtown. Dr. Mark Kauffman Board Member Downtown Improvement District By Stan Zimmerman City Editor

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