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Updated: 04/18/2016 08:51:40PM

County transit plan gets nod — in theory

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MURDOCK — Early Tuesday morning, Bonnie Littrell, president of the nonprofit FISH (Friends In Service Here) of Englewood, personally made an emergency run for a resident to receive his regular dialysis treatment at the North Port Health Center. Later that same morning, Littrell told Charlotte County commissioners the man usually was driven by his father, who passed away last Friday. As a result, the dialysis patient missed his Saturday appointment.

Because Englewood is split over two counties, she said it literally is caught in the middle regarding public transportation, because neither the Sarasota County Area Transit system or Charlotte’s Dial-A-Ride will cross the county line. Already this year, FISH has provided 36 residents free transportation to the federally qualified health center, and, in April alone, 366 rides overall.

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