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Sarasotans reject elected mayor proposal listen

03/11/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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A measure to elect a mayor and expand the City Commission in Sarasota was easily defeated last night, despite the fact supporters of the measure outspent opponents by a prodigious amount.

Kelly Kirschner currently sits on the Sarasota City Commission, and was against the measure.

Currently, Sarasota city citizens elect a six-member Commission, and one of the commissioners is rotated annually to act as the sitting mayor.

The measure on the ballot last night would have eliminated the r...

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Sarasota voters to consider reshaping government listen

03/05/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Next Tuesday, citizens who live in the city of Sarasota will go to the polls to decide whether to vote for an elected mayor. They also will vote on whether to add two at-large commissioners to the current five-member board.

Currently, City Commissioners name a mayor and vice mayor through a simple rotational system. The measure would make the mayor a directly elected official.

Michael Saunders runs a real estate company bearing her name in Sarasota. Saunders, and her son Drayton, have ...

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Efest brings environmentally friendly together listen

11/24/08 Colleen Krepstekies and Andrea Lypka
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Efest, the Green Living Music and Arts Festival took place at the Sarasota Polo Grounds in Lakewood Ranch green community in Nov. 15-16.

The free annual event is the largest environmental festival in the Gulf Coast region, uniting private sector, non-governmental and governmental institutions that are concerned about the environment. It showcased Green-N- Healthy Expo with 175 exhibitors and green panel discussions about eco-friendly building trends, green technologies and alternative en...

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Hungarian Festival held in Sarasota listen

10/27/08 Colleen Krepstekies and Andrea Lypka
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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The Hungarian Festival in Sarasota was a unique opportunity for Floridians to enjoy Hungarian food and culture for a day. The Global Friendship Foundation organized the Hungarian Day in Sarasota on Oct. 26.

The vice president of the foundation, Zsolt Szekely, said that there hasn’t been a Hungarian Festival in Sarasota for 19 years. About 800 people, mostly Americans, attended the first Hungarian Festival last year, this year about 1,500 people enjoyed the Hungarian culture and gastrono...

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Meeting could decide whether Red Sox come to Sarasota listen

07/07/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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The move by Sarasota public officials to woo the Boston Red Sox could face a decisive moment next week when the board members of the Sarasota County Agricultural Fair Association meet about a potential land swap.

Sarasota city and county officials want to acquire 66 acres the Fair Board owns for a potential stadium. The land is at Fruitvale Road and Tuttle Avenue. The question is what the Fair Board thinks is an equitable tradeoff.

The Red Sox currently conduct spring training in For...

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Citizens for Sox hold a pep rally listen

06/17/08 Virginia Hoffman
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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A group calling themselves called the Citizens for Sox has formed in Sarasota. They hosted a public forum and pep rally last week to energize support for bringing the Boston Red Sox to their community.

Citizens for Sox organizers packed the room Thursday night to launch a grassroots effort comparable to a political campaign. The goal of this effort is to convince the Boston Red Sox to locate the team's spring training in Sarasota. The team has trained in Fort Meyers and played home spring...

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Sarasota Democrats launch campaign listen

06/09/08 Virginia Hoffman
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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The Sarasota County Democratic Party held a press conference on Friday to officially launch a coordinated campaign effort for 2008. A slate of 20 Democrats vying for 18 local races was introduced.

A crowd of approximately 60 people gathered at Five Points Park in downtown Sarasota. It has been decades since this county known as a Republican stronghold has seen such competitive activity from Democrats.

Sarasota vice Mayor Ken Shelin introduced Rita Ferrandino, chair of the Democratic Ex...

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Sarasota officials consider tax for ball park listen

01/23/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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A revised plan to keep Sarasota as the spring training home of the Cincinnati Reds remains in question today.

On Tuesday Sarasota County officials opted to delay a vote until next week on whether to set aside $18-million in tourist tax dollars to help rebuild Ed Smith Stadium.

The total cost of rebuilding the park would be $41-million – that’s $13-million cheaper than a plan for a new park that was voted down by Sarasota City residents last fall.

A supermajority, or four County Commi...

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