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Hundreds gathered for the town hall.

Hundreds gather for town hall over Sarasota YMCA closures

Wednesday, Jul. 31, 2019 |

Hundreds gathered for the town hall.

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YMCA members swarmed around Interim CEO Steve Bourne to ask questions after the meeting.

Wednesday, Jul. 31, 2019 |

YMCA members swarmed around Interim CEO Steve Bourne to ask questions after the meeting.

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Members filled out hundreds of cards with memories, wishes and suggestions.

Wednesday, Jul. 31, 2019 |

Members filled out hundreds of cards with memories, wishes and suggestions.

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Sen. Joe Gruters shared his experiences at the Sarasota YMCA.

Wednesday, Jul. 31, 2019 |

Sen. Joe Gruters shared his experiences at the Sarasota YMCA.

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Members filled the gym floor and overflowed onto the mezzanine.

Wednesday, Jul. 31, 2019 |

Members filled the gym floor and overflowed onto the mezzanine.

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Jim Becherei, one of the founders of Save Our Y, led the town hall discussion.

Wednesday, Jul. 31, 2019 |

Jim Becherei, one of the founders of Save Our Y, led the town hall discussion.

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Lucia Barrett explains all the various measures Save Our Y has taken.

Wednesday, Jul. 31, 2019 |

Lucia Barrett explains all the various measures Save Our Y has taken.

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Town Hall attendees were greeted with signs.

Wednesday, Jul. 31, 2019 |

Town Hall attendees were greeted with signs.

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Hundreds turned up to express their concerns and hear from officials.

Wednesday, Jul. 31, 2019 |

Hundreds turned up to express their concerns and hear from officials.

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Children colored pictures and wrote messages to YMCA staff.

Wednesday, Jul. 31, 2019 |

Children colored pictures and wrote messages to YMCA staff.

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Members leaned over the mezzanine rail and stood on fitness equipment to get a better view.

Wednesday, Jul. 31, 2019 |

Members leaned over the mezzanine rail and stood on fitness equipment to get a better view.

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Members asked Interim CEO Steve Bourne and other board members questions following the meeting.

Wednesday, Jul. 31, 2019 |

Members asked Interim CEO Steve Bourne and other board members questions following the meeting.

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Signs advocating against the closure of the two fitness branches lined the lobby.

Wednesday, Jul. 31, 2019 |

Signs advocating against the closure of the two fitness branches lined the lobby.

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Attendees had to park in the grass and across the street.

Wednesday, Jul. 31, 2019 |

Attendees had to park in the grass and across the street.

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