Politics is changing Florida’s brand

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Politics is changing Florida’s brand

About a year ago, in this space, I wrote a series of columns about how much Sarasota was changing.  These columns triggered more and longer emails than at any other time I have been a columnist here at the Herald-Tribune.  The thrust of the columns was that the sleepy, cultured, beautiful, affordable slice of paradise we call Sarasota was fast becoming unrecognizable.

Since that time, and for the first time since I have lived here, I have had numerous conversations with people about how Sarasota is turning unpleasant.  The most frequent complaints have been around housing costs, traffic gridlock, overdevelopment, and the real issue of employers being unable to attract employees from out of state due to these problems.

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