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I have the theme from Love Story running through my head as I write this. "Where do I begin …" From an update on the petition drive for a new city charter to the School Board race involving a candidate Gov. Rick Scott just appointed to that board to snags in the effort to get a long-term operation in place at Warm Mineral Springs, this has been another busy week. Associate Editor Cooper Levey-Baker and City Editor Stan Zim- merman managed to score scoops on the mainland, while I delved into breaking news regarding Siesta Key. County Editor Rog- er Drouin may have had the most challenging time of all of us, though, as he worked to get the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' manager of the Lido Renourishment Project to answer questions about the report the agency re- leased last week. Stan seemed to provide the most diversity in his coverage this week. The City Commission meet- ing on Monday was just one of many sources for his articles. I especially recommend his ac- counts of the City of Sarasota Board of Adjust- ment and Public Art Committee meetings. The focus for the Board of Adjustment was the continuing saga of a Bay Shore Road homeowner who wants to be able to keep his 74-foot boat outside his bayfront door, so to speak. Neighbors and historic photos indicat- ed the channel he wants to use is sanded in, but other testimony countered those claims. Roundabout art once again was at the cen- ter of the Public Art Committee discus- sion. Stan offers a great overview of crite- ria upon which the board members have settled. Editor and Publisher WELCOME

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