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Daily Archives: July 12, 2012
Call it ‘the leadership soap opera’ Several significant issues face the Sarasota City Commission on Monday, July 16. The top item is the selection (maybe) of a new city manager, but that is not the only thorny problem on the … Continue reading
County Commission gets figures for a part-time officer The focus for code enforcement on Siesta Key shifted this week from noise to parking, as Commissioner Nora Patterson addressed neighborhood complaints during the July 10 County Commission meeting. At tbe same … Continue reading
Board splits over funding for land management Given the continuing fluctuations in the housing market, the Sarasota County commissioners agreed July 11 that it was too soon to put a price on any transfer of development rights from lands the … Continue reading
Sarasota’s Downtown Improvement District this week voted to give Operations Manager John Moran a whopping $10,000 raise, citing his excellent performance over the past 12 months. Moran opened the July 10 meeting with a surprise: “We’ve received an increase in … Continue reading
County also hoping to put up 16 new bus shelters If the Federal Transit Administration approves $3.63 million in grant funds the Sarasota County Commission unanimously has authorized staff to apply for, public bus riders could be taking trolleys to … Continue reading
Sarasota County Administrator Randall Reid expects to hear from the Florida Department of Transportation by July 16 regarding the type of permanent signage it will allow the county to put up regarding Siesta Public Beach’s status as the No. 1 … Continue reading
Although 10 county residents pleaded with them not to approve feral hog hunts they described as barbaric and inhumane, the majority of the Sarasota County commissioners on July 10 said they had no choice but to act to preserve environmentally … Continue reading
The new Library Foundation for Sarasota County has received a $10,000 grant from the Gulf Coast Community Foundation to raise public awareness about the nine Sarasota County libraries and their value to the community, the foundation has announced. The grant … Continue reading
Laura Williams (center), director of Florida operations for the Baltimore Orioles, accepts a commemorative plaque on July 9 from Sarasota resident Norman Schimmel (left) and Sarasota County Commissioner Joe Barbetta, recognizing the fact that the Orioles drew more than 100,000 … Continue reading
In June, 30 Church of the Redeemer youth traveled to the Dominican Republic and Chattanooga, Tenn., on two separate mission trips to help people and communities in need. Redeemer Youth Minister Christian Wood, accompanied by a team of adult chaperones, led … Continue reading
With a tip of my hat to the late, but never forgotten, Bob Ardren, I’d like to start an occasional column about some of the ins-and-outs in city government. Bob’s old column, “Muttered on Main,” was a must-read for those … Continue reading
With Chairwoman Christine Robinson and Commissioner Jon Thaxton voting “No,” the Sarasota County Commission on July 11 approved not-to-exceed millage rates for advertisement in advance of public hearings on the 2013 fiscal year budget. The biggest increase in the rates … Continue reading
A $55,000 public art project that caused bitter infighting among the city’s public art specialists is now in court. On July 11, George Haborak sued the City of Sarasota to halt a project he can’t stand. Haborak is chairman of … Continue reading
On July 9, Republicans in Sarasota County announced that they would honor Donald Trump as their 2012 “Statesman of the Year” at a fundraiser dinner at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel here on Aug. 26, the eve of the Republican National Convention … Continue reading
County Commission chairwoman voices more frustrations Jim Shirley still didn’t have all the documentation July 11 that the Sarasota County Commission chairwoman had requested. Nonetheless, the executive director of the Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County came away from … Continue reading
Two years ago, Rick Scott used his personal wealth literally to purchase Florida’s top elected office, spending more than $60 million of his own money to win election as governor. Since then, he has distinguished himself as one of the … Continue reading
The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office is searching for a missing Sarasota man who was last seen leaving his home about 2 a.m. this morning, July 12. Family members say 70-year-old Herbert Boughn drove away from his house on Pasadena Court … Continue reading