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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 C...

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