Members of the Downtown Sarasota Alliance, who are trying to bring an ice rink to downtown during the holidays, made a second pitch to the Downtown Improvement District for funds.
John Simon, DSA board member, previously asked the DID board for $15,000 to help reserve the full-size rink that would be placed on First Street, between Selby Five Points Park and the library.
DID board members told him if they got a financial commitment from the city and county, then they would likely pitch in the funds.
The city agreed to a $25,000 loan and to waive more than $100,000 in permit fees. But the county would not immediately commit any money.
Simon asked the DID Aug. 10 if it would consider offering more than the $15,000, possibly in a loan, to make up for a lack of county funding.
About $150,000 is needed by September to secure the skating rink.
He warned that Lakewood Ranch and Bradenton may be competing for the services of the skating-rink contractor.
Organizers believe the an ice rink would be a huge downtown draw for families during the holiday season.
DID Chairman Larry Fineberg said he was open to discussing the matter more fully.
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