Rescind Rumble’s $825K Grant, Some Sarasota Residents Say

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SARASOTA COUNTY, FL — As Rumble, a YouTube alternative, continues to offer a platform to RT, a Russian state-controlled news network, during Russia’s ongoing invasion of Ukraine, some Sarasota County residents are protesting the company’s opening of a U.S. headquarters in Longboat Key.

An online petition is calling for Sarasota County commissioners and the Economic Development Corporation of Sarasota County to rescind an $825,000 incentive grant awarded to the Canadian-based tech company for making the move to Florida.

Commissioners voted to award the grant to Rumble, which was presented to them anonymously under the code name “Project Sunshine,” during their Oct. 26 meeting.

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As of Thursday, nearly 1,100 people have signed the petition at change.org that was created by Adrien Lucas. She also launched the…

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