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City and county end joint pursuit of homeless shelter

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SARASOTA, Fla. -- A partnership between the City of Sarasota and Sarasota County to create a homeless shelter for those in need is officially over.

This week, the city commission decided to end the joint pursuit of a shelter.

Now Sarasota County is trying to decide its next move. At a meeting Tuesday, homelessness expert, Dr. Robert Marbut, suggested the county move forward without the city's involvment.

County commissioners, who have supported Marbut’s recommendations for a "come as you are" shelter, want to discuss the idea further before making any decisions.

In the meantime, the county is continuing to search for shelter sites.

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