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    Candidates’ Forum City of Sarasota City Commission Election District 2 – Audience Questions

    Presented by the DSA and DSCA on June 11, 2020 What can be done to make our downtown more vibrant to compete with UTC area where businesses seem to be relocating? Joe Barbetta: I believe that a quality beautification program with additional street trees and plantings is a start.  Also meeting with the various Merchants and other businesses including the various restaurants to discuss a Storefront Improvement Program to assist in making the businesses more attractive.  Also an ease on the metered parking & Garages, possibly with first 2 hours free or certain periods of the day offering free parking. I’m not in favor of the meters but they are…