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Want to automate process of creating donut and separating from the island

Question asked by Jed on Aug 30, 2012
Latest reply on Aug 31, 2012 by dlee-esristaff
I want to make a donut hole "island" out of a polygon.  I cannot find a tool to use in my model that will automate this process.  UNION will create the island but I see no attribute that will identify the island from the remaining polygon that I want to keep.  I start  out with two polygons, the main poly and the island poly.  The union tool will create two polys from the main one, the donut and the hole.  I want to keep the donut but it has the same attributes and the hole.  Any suggestions would be helpful.

Thanks, Jim