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County Tax Collector's Office. Through the month of March, revenue was up $964,257.33 over the same period in the 2013 fiscal year. From Oct. 1, 2013 through March 31, 2013, data shows the county collected $8,776,628.85. Through March of this year, the total is $9,757,129.68. The busiest month so far has been February, which saw collections totaling $2,203,693.18, according to the Tax Collector's Office report through April 30. (Revenue figures sometimes are adjusted later, because businesses may have to meet the filing deadline before they have finalized their financial reports for a par- ticular month, Tax Collector's Office staff has explained to The Sarasota News Leader.) This year's February figure represents an increase of almost 13 percent from the February 2013 number, which was $1,956,336.11. Siesta Key continues to lead all reporting locations so far, with 30.79 percent of the TDT revenue collected, or $3,004,492.78. The City of Sarasota remains in second place with 28.02 percent of the take, or $2,734,231.95 through the April 30 reporting deadline. The second quarter statistics for the 2014 fis- cal year that Visit Sarasota County provided to the county's Tourist Development Council in advance of its May 15 meeting underscored the TDT figures. As traffic snaked past on Ocean Boulevard, diners enjoyed the outdoor seating area of Gilligan's Island Bar & Grill in Siesta Village in early April. Photo by Rachel Hackney Sarasota News Leader May 16, 2014 Page 62

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