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Ernst: In Phillippi Creek sewer project, a 'nobody' makes a splash

By Eric Ernst

Who is Mike Scarborough?

Most of us have not asked that question. We're not among the 216 homes known as Area N-3 in the Phillippi Creek sewer project.

When Scarborough poses the question to himself, in a blog, he comes up with a disarming answer: "I'm nobody in particular."

But ask the Sarasota County commissioners who Scarborough is, and they'll say he's the guy who's making them rethink how they'll accomplish the sewer project in his neighborhood, and maybe the next one, as they try to replace 14,000 septic tanks with central sewers.

The experience is a good example of how government is supposed to work.