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PelicanPress SIESTA KEY AN OBSERVER NEWSPAPER FREE • Thursday, OCTOBER 11, 2012 DIVERSIONS NEIGHBORHOOD Community shows support for teen during fundraiser. Page 1B OUR TOWN taxed out Fall into favor with this season’s popular flavor. INSIDE SPORTS ODA senior Haley Preininger is a true team player. pAGE 17A by Alex Mahadevan | News Editor Board abolishes Village parking district Sarasota County commissioners voted to end assessments on Siesta Key Village for a municipal parking lot. Rachel S. O’Hara Peter and Barrie McKenzie with Rachel O’Briend, center, with their pugs. Two months after county commissioners directed staff to prepare a report on the Siesta Key Parking Public Improvement District, they received five options Oct. 9. The following day, county commissioners voted 4-1 to abolish the special taxing district, which saves Village property owners $344,000 in taxes over the next seven years. The funds, which are used to pay down debt from construction of the municipal parking lot in the Village, will now come from the county’s general fund. That was the second of five alter- natives included in county Chief Engineer Jim Harriott’s memo, which Commissioner Joe Barbetta moved to approve. “We don’t go building parking lots for commercial districts elsewhere,” said Sarasota County Commissioner Nora Patterson, a longtime Siesta resident and rep- resentative, who voted against the motion and questions its fairness. Siesta business owner Chris Brown’s third lawsuit against the county is directly related to parking assessments. The lawsuit alleges the county selectively enforced the assessment method for the district, thereby increasing his taxes from 2010 to 2011 SEE PARKING / PAGE 6A + Pugs on parade Peter and Barrie McKenzie invited fellow Pug Rescue member Rachel O’Brien for a weekend of fun in Sarasota. O’Brien, who lives in Fort Myers, brought her two pugs, Starsky and Ali, along with her so that they could play with the McKenzie’s pugs Sophie, Rosie and Frankie. The McKenzies met O’Brien a year ago at a pug rescue event and became her “adoptive parents.” The threesome and their five pugs enjoyed their Sunday afternoon wandering around Siesta Key Village. COOL TREAT Rachel S. O’Hara Lex Sayre, No. 15, was one of many Riverview players sporting pink socks to show support for National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. + Real men wear pink Friday night’s Riverview homecoming game was not only about school spirit but served as the school’s salute to breast-cancer awareness. Students in the crowd wore pink, and the cheerleaders used pink pom-poms in honor of breast-cancer awareness month. All the Riverview football players wore pink socks. Some even had the breast-cancer ribbon design on them. Also, more than 60 Kiltie Band members performed at the Riverview homecoming game. The Kiltie alumni performed four songs during pre-game and during the half-time show. Jake Nicolson, 8, enjoys a snow cone while hanging out underneath the pavilion at Siesta Key Beach Sunday, Oct. 7. watchmen Rachel S. O’Hara by Alex Mahadevan | News Editor Sarasota County beefs up code enforcement Military veteran Kevin Burns started working overtime to monitor weekend violations. Kevin Burns doesn’t have the strict demeanor of a U.S. Army sergeant, even though he served in military intelligence before joining the National Security Administration. “I’m a people person,” he said during an Oct. 8 interview with the Pelican Press. The code-enforcement officer, dressed in a black Sarasota County baseball cap and jeans with black military boots, sipped a cup of coffee at the Siesta Key Sheriff’s Office sub station. That trait has served Burns well in his yearlong career with the county’s code enforcement department and is key in his new mission to root out weekend violations across the county. “You don’t want to go out there and start a war,” said code-enforcement officer John Lally, who was sitting behind his own desk at the substation. The relationship between code-enforcement officers, residents and business owners starts with clear communication and building relationships, he explained. This year, county commissioners voted to expand the 2013 fiscal year budget for overtime code enforcement during weekends, when some violations have gone unreported. The push for the expanding enforcement came partly due to Siesta residents’ complaints about noise levels in the Village, which are most prominent during weekends. “My experience so far has been all positive,” Burns said. During his first month on the job he has con- SEE CODE / PAGE 2A INDEX Briefs....................4A Classifieds ........ 30B Cops Corner....... 12A Crossword.......... 29B Opinion .............. 8A Real Estate........ 26B Sports................ 17A Vol. 43, No. 11 | Three sections Weather............. 29B

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