It came down to two. One hotel concept would cater efficiently to a downtown business crowd; the other concept would provide tourists with a high-end, artsy place to stay. Both concepts could work â€” the latter won.
The Main Street makeover that has been in the works for the last two-and-a-half years finally received approval from the Sarasota City Commission Monday, May 21, at its regular meeting.
The Sarasota City Commission voted unanimously Monday to keep benches out of Selby Five Points Park, citing as their main reason for doing so the recommendations of the Sarasota Police Department and two organizations that are champions of the homeless community.
The downtown historic Laurel Park neighborhood is in the midst of an ongoing dispute over future development just outside its boundaries.
The morning after Mayor Suzanne Atwell successfully called for the resignation of former City Manager Bob Bartolotta, the mayor said she was "focusing on the larger picture."
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The sale would encompass two buildings for a total of 200 feet of storefront space on Main Street. It would be the third major downtown investment for entrepreneur Jesse Biter in two years.