The City of Sarasota’s next step in its ongoing negotiations with FPL over renewing its franchise agreement — which I covered in-depth earlier today — is to hold a town hall event on the issue. The town hall goes down 2-5 p.m. Wed., June 16. (If you’re a Facebook user, you can see event details here.) I’ll be in attendance, and will update this site after the event.

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