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Elected Mayor Initiative To Be Revisited By Commission

5 Things To Know: Elected Mayor Referendum | First Day of School | Facebook Fans | Trump In SRQ | FEMA Aid For TS Debby

1. The Sarasota City Commission will hear a presentation today on a .

The proposal, led by Commissioner Paul Caragiulo, was up for debate last month, but the commission decided to continue the discussion of the proposed amendment negating a chance for the amendment to appear on the November ballot and for the public to speak that day. Commissioners had taken issue with the late addition of the proposal to the agenda.

In the proposal, the elected mayor would become the city's chief executive officer and chief administrator, rendering a city manager useless or at least, virtually powerless.

The city commission would still have five members voted by district, according to the proposal. 

The discussion is slated for unfinished business during the 2:30 p.m. portion of the session today at . If the commission selects to place the issue before the voters, it would appear on the municipal elections ballot in March.

2. Today is the first day of school in Sarasota County! Make sure to watch out for the buses and give them plenty of space today. Parents — share your child's first day of school in our !

3. On Sunday, our the Sarasota Patch Facebook fan page reached 1,300 fans! Thanks to everyone for following along, and if you haven't Liked the page already, help us get to 2,000!

4. We're just a week away from the Republican National Convention in Tampa, and the pre-party starts in Sarasota when Sunday at . Tickets are still available, and are close to selling out.

5. If you're planning to file for aid due to damage from Tropical Storm Debby, the deadline is fast approaching. , which could be in the form of a low-interest disaster loan.

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