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In a startling display of audacity, an auton- omous taxing body in the city took official action this week to back two individuals to serve on the Sarasota City Commission. The Downtown Improvement District board on July 8 unanimously voted to recommend two people to the City Commission in the mat- ter of filling the seats of City Commissioners Paul Caragiulo and Shannon Snyder, who will vacate them this fall under Florida's Resign-to-Run rule. Both men are seeking the same County Commission seat. (See the related story in this issue.) Both have filed letters of res- ignation as required by state law, effective Nov. 18. In mid-December, the three remaining city commissioners will pick two individuals to fill the vacancies in District 2 (Caragiulo's seat) and District 3 (Snyder's seat). The new members would serve for five months, until the resolution of Paul Caragiulo and Shannon Snyder by law have to resign from the City Commission in November because they are vying for the District 2 County Commission seat. Photo by Norman Schimmel TAXING DISTRICT PUSHES INTERIM CANDIDATES THE DOWNTOWN IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT BOARD ENDORSES KEN SHELIN AND PAUL THORPE TO FILL ONE OF TWO CITY COMMISSION SEATS THAT WILL BE VACATED NOV. 18 We have to realize we don't have any sway in this decision. Ernie Ritz Chairman Downtown Improvement District By Stan Zimmerman City Editor

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