Sarasota city leaders may be forced to install parking meters downtown despite objections by merchants and their customers. Parking director Mark Lyons has told commissioners that unless a new revenue source materializes, taxpayers will have to make up for an expected $300 thousand budget shortfall next fiscal year and even more the year after that.
Hundreds of U.S. mayors are meeting this weekend in Miami Beach, mostly to complain about President Trump, just one hour by car south of the president’s posh Mar-a-Lago resort. 270 mayors will mix dinners, bar-hopping, beach volleyball, and other recreation with discussion about serious topics like the president’s policies on climate change and immigration.
Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi defended her leadership on Thursday in the face of needling from President Donald Trump and grumbling from fellow House Democrats exasperated after a high-profile special election loss. “So you want me to sing my praises, is that what you’re saying?” the California Democrat remarked dismissively to reporters when asked why she should stay on as leader. “Well, I’m a master legislator. I’m a strategic, politically astute leader. My leadership is recognized by many around the country.
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