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Siesta Seen a hue and cry over traffic backups stretching onto South Tamiami Trail, FDOT erected a new sign designed to stop traffic only when pedestrians push a button to use the cross- walk at that intersection. WHITHER RECYCLING? During the last Siesta Key Village Association (SKVA) meeting, a person asked what had become of the initiative to start a recycling program in the Village. The answer: "It's going through the budget process right now." That information came from SKVA Vice President Mark Smith, who also serves on the board of the Siesta Key Village Maintenance Corp. That group represents the owners of Village property who are assessed by the county for the ongoing beautification of the Village. County staff is at work on the 2015 fiscal year budget, which goes into effect on Oct. 1. 'A TERRIBLE SHAME' Commissioner Nora Patterson responded on May 17 to a troubling email from visitors to Siesta Key. A day earlier, a man from Yorkshire, England, emailed the commissioners the following: "We have been visiting Florida for the last ten years and have always found American people to be courteous and friendly until today when it was my misfortune to meet the man who issues tickets for beach rentals at Siesta Key. Beach lounge chair and umbrella rentals were available in early March near one of the main paths from the pavilion to Siesta Public Beach. File photo Sarasota News Leader May 23, 2014 Page 78

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