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agenda item, said the BID's vote would be communicated to the City Commission. "This could be a zoning text amendment especially for the St. Armands [Commercial Intensive Tourist] zoning district," he added. Fournier also weighed in when BID mem- ber Marty Rappaport said the organization's lawyer was contacted by a group seeking min- utes of its meetings. Rappaport added that was looking for the organi- zation's public records. Fournier said that was probably a routine matter. "I think that is one of the tests this group runs on local governments to see if they are compliant," he added. BID members have been sensitive to public records requests since they were sued to produce email com- munications about BID business through their personal accounts. Their legal fees are still getting sorted out. The item Fournier awaited involves a pub- lic hearing on special events in the city. The hearing is set for July 21. "The policy before 2009 was unwritten," he said. The new ordi- nance will contain special conditions for St. Armands Circle, but the details have not been finalized. "It is open for discussion," he added. "We have special events we've done for 35 years," said Diane Corrigan, executive direc- tor of the St. Armands Circle Association. "We hope they will be grandfathered in, and it does not become first-come, first-served." % Robert Fournier is the city attorney of Sarasota. Photo by Norman Schimmel Don't have your own subscription to The Sarasota News Leader? Subscribe for FREE and receive a weekly notification when the latest issue is available online. FREE SUBSCRIPTION Sarasota News Leader July 11, 2014 Page 36

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