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The Rise of Sarasota: Ken Thompson and the Rebirth of Paradise

The Rise of Sarasota: Ken Thompson and the Rebirth of Paradise

by Jeff LaHurd
     
 

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Ken Thompson served as Sarasota's city manager from 1950 to 1988, making him the longest-serving manager in United States history. During these years, Sarasota experienced a population explosion and an unprecedented modernization of city services. The city moved from a sleepy little town to an independent city with an identifiable economy. This period of growth gave

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Ken Thompson served as Sarasota's city manager from 1950 to 1988, making him the longest-serving manager in United States history. During these years, Sarasota experienced a population explosion and an unprecedented modernization of city services. The city moved from a sleepy little town to an independent city with an identifiable economy. This period of growth gave residents a vastly improved bayfront that included Island Park and the Marina Jack development and saw the creation of the current city hall and the Van Wetzel Theater. In thirty-eight years, Sarasota moved from the Circus City to the multifaceted city it is today. Follow well-known Sarasota historian Jeff LaHurd as he recounts the sometimes controversial era of Sarasota's greatest growth.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940015734386
Publisher:
The History Press, Inc.
Publication date:
12/10/2012
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Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
160
File size:
4 MB

Meet the Author

Jeff LaHurd moved with his family to Sarasota in 1950. He attended school at St. Martha's and Cardinal Mooney and graduated from Sarasota High. He has a bachelor's degree in history and a master's degree in counseling from the University of South Florida. He has been researching and writing about Sarasota's history for over twenty years.
Jeff and his wife, Jennifer, have four children. He is employed as the history specialist for Sarasota County and is a regular contributor to the Sarasota Herald-Tribune and other local publications. His video, Sarasota, Landmarks of the Past, was shown on the History Channel and won the Award for Communication from the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation.

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