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  • Sarasota's downtown has so much potential!! I think that this is a great "grass roots" effort. But, the biggest problem with downtown......even before the recession....is the large amount of vagrants who congregate near the downtown businesses. We have basically stopped going downtown because we don't want to have to see this. We certainly don't bring out of town guests downtown, as it is embarrassing to see that after 9 pm, many times the vagrants outnumber the patrons of the businesses.

    Unfortunately, through VERY POOR LONG-TERM PLANNING, the Salvation Army was built way too close to downtown. Perhaps there needs to be new laws which protect the businesses by not allowing loitering? Something has to be done. If not taken care of in the near future, there may be no more downtown as we know it sooner than later.
  • Karen Palmer
    Fri 21st Aug 2009
    at 8:28pm
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