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5 Things You Need to Know Today: July 25

Each weekday, Sarasota Patch will give you a brief rundown of need-to-know information and events for the day.

1. It is a . There are 56 consent agenda items Tuesday morning. The BCC will also be discussing designs plans for Siesta Key Beach.  After a busy summer full of resignations, procurement scandals and falling budgets the commissioners will get a monthlong vacation in August. 

2. The city of Sarasota begins its yearly residential this week. On Wednesday residents north of Fruitville Road and east of U.S. 301 will begin to see the resurfacing projects begin. The project is slated to end in November. 

3. Sarasota Crew's, and recent Riverview High graduate, Hunter Leeming will begin competition in the Men's 8+ at the 2011 on Aug. 3. “My friends told me that I could make it, but I didn’t want to believe it until it happened,” Leeming said. “That’s just my mentality. I never want to expect something to happen, so that way I’m not disappointed. I was happy and relieved (about making the U.S. Junior National Team) before I realized I was going to be training a lot longer.”

4. Free Mondays at the . The gallery, grounds and even the parking is free every Monday. Regular Admission is $25. The museum is open from 10am - 5pm.

5. On Tuesday during a special city commission meeting, commissioners will vote to ratify a new agreement with local unions that will be good through October 2013. In the tentative agreement, the City of Sarasota and Teamster Local No. 173 agree on an opportunity for up to a 3% general wage  increase on October 3, 2012 if the City’s general fund assessed taxable valuation for FY 2012-13 increases by 5% or greater over FY2011-12 valuation.

canary July 25, 2011 at 02:10 PM
gee that 3% is a real bee bonnet buster for our government employees! Why do they demand that they do not take any personal responsiblity for their own retirement account?! The general public is not getting any raises. Unemployment figures are still off the charts. The president even says that Congress needs to reauthorize the 99 weeks for the unemployed because they are now the chronic unemployed, yet Sarasota is proposing giving in to the workers on the backs of taxpayers without jobs? At what and when does our elected officials understand their first and foremost responsiblity is to the voters? Would any elected official like to answer that? A vote to approve an increase to anything is a vote against your constituents

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