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Updated: 12/23/2013 03:42:56PM

Helipad location sought

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SUN PHOTO BY ELAINE ALLEN-EMRICH, eallen@sun-herald.com

At least through May, a Bayflite medical helicopter will remain at North Port Fire Station 81, along Sumter Boulevard, near City Hall.

By DREW WINCHESTER

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NORTH PORT — Just days after a raucous City Commission meeting, during which hundreds of people both supported and denounced the Bayflite helicopter stationed near city hall, Heron Creek Homeowners Association members said that particular agenda item was driven by a separate homeowners group and Commissioner Cheryl Cook, who failed to provide any backup information on the item to the public.

Cook, who didn’t return an email request for comment on her involvement with that separate group, made a motion at Monday’s meeting to sever ties with the life-saving transport company following a 60-day separation notice, a clause contained in the contract between Bayflite and the city. The motion ultimately failed, as Mayor Jim Blucher and Commissioners Linda Yates and Tom Jones voted against it.

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