City Commission endorses Sarasota Police Foundation

Print
Font Size:
Default font size
Larger font size

Posted: Monday, January 6, 2014 9:38 pm | Updated: 10:34 am, Tue Jan 7, 2014.

SARASOTA-- The Foundation at the center of some controversial comments made by the city of Sarasota's Mayor, now has the city's blessing, along with that same Mayor.

The Sarasota City Commission voted 5-0 Monday night to endorse the Sarasota Police Department Foundation. The Foundation, made up of non police-affiliated board members, will seek donations and provide them to the Department for events and items to benefit the officers and community.

"I truly believe this will help keep our community safe and make it even safer in the future," said Sarasota Police Chief Bernadette DiPino after Monday's meeting.

The biggest surprise of the evening was when Mayor Shannon Snyder voted in favor of the Foundation. Less than a month ago, Snyder compared the Foundation to a "slush fund."

Snyder, who declined to be interviewed on camera after the meeting, told ABC 7 he was satisfied the organization would be completely independent from the Department.

"I think once everyone understood it was an independent organization that would drive its own future without the city (police) managing it, that cleared the air," said City Manager Tom Barwin.

DiPino said she was "very pleased" by the way Snyder voted.

Rules of Conduct

  • 1 Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
  • 2 Don't Threaten or Abuse. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated. AND PLEASE TURN OFF CAPS LOCK.
  • 3 Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
  • 4 Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
  • 5 Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
  • 6 Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.

Welcome to the discussion.

Right Now

weather

Today

weather
86°
Details

Tomorrow

weather
84°
Details

Today

weather
82°
Details

Today

weather
81°
Details

SUBMIT PHOTOS & VIDEOS | VIEW ALL PHOTOS & VIDEOS

Send your photos & videos to Pix@MySuncoast.com and you could be featured on ABC 7 & our website.