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Commissioner Nora Patterson has heard so many complaints about the orange con- struction fencing and idle equipment in Bay Island Park over the past months, she con- fessed amazement Wednesday, May 7, when the county's director of public works told the Sarasota County Commission that the original contract to repair the seawall was approved just a year ago in March. A f t e r a s t a f f p r e - sentation about the project whose remains Patterson termed "a wreck," she made a motion to encompass the necessary steps to get the work under way again. It passed unanimously. She also pressed the public works director, Isaac Brownman, about the timeline for completion. "Seven months total," was his response. F o r m a l l y, t h e M a y 7 a c t i o n a l l o w e d emergency procure- ment of a contractor to "reconstruct and restore all project improvements on the County-owned portion A graphic shows the county portion of Bay Island Park outlined in red, while the City of Sarasota's portion is outlined in yellow. Image courtesy Sarasota County ELIMINATING AN EYESORE WORK IN BAY ISLAND PARK IS ON SCHEDULE TO BE COMPLETED WITHIN SEVEN MONTHS AFTER A NEW CONTRACT IS AWARDED We do intend to communicate with the residents during construction. Isaac Brownman Director Public Works Sarasota County By Rachel Brown Hackney Editor

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