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PRAISING PRESERVATION A county staff photo shows the north side of the Crowley Family Home looking south. Photo courtesy Sarasota County CROWLEY FAMILY HOME AND STORE IN OLD MYAKKA COMMUNITY WIN HISTORIC DESIGNATION FROM SARASOTA COUNTY By Rachel Brown Hackney Editor Thanks to unanimous action of the Sarasota County Commission, the owner of the Crow- ley Family Home and Store on Old Myakka is hopeful he will be able to obtain grant funds to assist with the restoration of the buildings, which date to the late 19th and early 20th cen- turies. Without that funding, Mark Fineout told the board, "I don't make enough money to make [a restoration] happen right away." On Oct. 23, the County Commission unani- mously voted to approve an historic designa- tion petition for the property, which is located at 2009 Myakka Road. A memo to the commissioners from Lorrie Muldowney, manager of the Sarasota County History Center, says Fineout had presented the petition for the historic designation to the county's Historic Preservation Board during a public hearing on Aug. 28. The board found the property was eligible for the designation, the memo adds. In comments during an Oct. 23 public hear- ing before the County Commission, Fineout pointed out that the store was very significant to the Myakka agricultural community. Fam- ily descendent Jasper Crowley, Fineout said, was integrally involved in the establishment

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