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She added of Hines, "Charles was a supporter of my campaign before he had his own." Hines said he was excited about working with Robinson, espe- cially, after watching her serve the county the past couple of years. "Welcome to the family," Mason told him, adding, "The last cou- ple of years have been such a wonderful experience." She had not worked with a fin- er group of public servants, she said. Allowed the opportunity for some remarks as well, Commis- sioners Nora Patterson and Joe Barbetta — both of whom will serve until 2014 — took turns at the podium. "This is a wonderful county, and it's going to be a great new year," Patterson said. "We've got a great commission and a great community," Barbet- ta told the audience. Mayor Linda Yates of North Port summed up the feelings of exuberance when she ad- dressed the newly seated com- mission during the public com- ments portion of the meeting: "We do have the best county in the state of Florida. I will stand on that." % Commissioner Carolyn Mason holds the bouquet of flowers she received after taking the oath of office for her second term on the board. At left is Commissioner Joe Barbetta. Photo by Norman Schimmel

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