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Updated: 02/06/2014 08:00:04AM

Homeless help to headline joint meeting

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SARASOTA COUNTY — A regional discussion on homeless issues; a potential bus route connecting Port Charlotte, Englewood and North Port; River Road and an update on the RESTORE Act all headline Friday’s joint meeting of the Sarasota and Charlotte County commissions in Venice.

Dr. Robert Marbut of Texas, a national expert on homelessness brought to the area last year by Sarasota County and the city of Sarasota to help come up with a plan to combat one of the region’s growing problems, will lead a presentation on his 50-plus-page report to the boards. Marbut said that Englewood leads Sarasota County in homeless families, followed closely by North Port and Nokomis. According to his report, there are 348 homeless families and 637 homeless children in the county.

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