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Sarasota County commissioners approved an April 24 public hearing to consider amending an ordinance to ban parking-space saving in public parking lots. The ordinance would ban people from blocking vacant spaces, with a $97 citation for violations. It gives the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office a tool to avoid parking lot altercations at Siesta Key Public Beach and elsewhere.

 Siesta Key Village Association Annual Breakfast — 8 a.m. Saturday, March 23, St. Boniface Episcopal Church, Community Room, 5615 Midnight Pass Road, Siesta  The Lexicon of Sustainability public event — Monday through Thursday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; March 24 to April 1, Selby Public Library, 1331 First St., Sarasota.  Siesta Key Village Association Meeting — 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 2, Daiquiri Deck Raw Bar, 5250 Ocean Blvd., Siesta  Siesta Key Association Meeting — 4 p.m. Thursday, April 4, St. Boniface Episcopal Church, 5615 Midnight Pass Road, Siesta

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The board complied with 2012 state legislation mandating an independent valuation and justification to remain public. Ponder & Co. used three methodologies to value the system. But, Sarasota Memorial CFO William Woetjen and Chief of Medical Operations Stephen Taylor presented statistics that showed Sarasota Memorial was competitive with — and at times ahead of — similar non-profit and for-profit health-care systems. Taxes fund less than 7% of operations at Sarasota Memorial, Woetjen said. The average homeowner in Sarasota County paid about $200 in the 2012 fiscal year to the Sarasota County Public Hospital District. The taxing authority, which the Florida Legislature established

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+ Hospital Board votes to keep SMH public The Sarasota County Public Hospital Board agreed unanimously March 18 that Sarasota Memorial Healthcare System, worth between $425 million and $475 million, isn’t for sale. Formally, the board determined selling Sarasota Memorial to a for-profit firm wouldn’t benefit the system any more than remaining a nonprofit and being supported by taxes. The vote came after presentations of financial and healthcare data and several tearful speeches from members of the audience at the Waldemere Medical Plaza.

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