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The Master Plan Preserves our History
- GROWS walkable garden space by 50 percent.
- DESIGNATES our privately owned 15 acres as a botanical garden and downtown oasis in perpetuity.
- PRESERVES our historically designated buildings and the Augusta block promenade of South Palm Avenue.
The Master Plan Sustains our Future
- SAFEGUARDS the world’s best scientifically documented collection of orchids and bromeliads.
- CONNECTS underserved families and children in our region to nature.
- ENSURES private revenue streams, like the revenue from a new Sky Garden restaurant on the U.S. 41 commercial corridor, that will ensure quality operations for the future.
- SERVES as an international model for sustainability and the latest green building technology.
- OFFERS diverse opportunities for more individuals to engage with the Gardens and our mission.
- MAINTAINS current level of traffic along Orange Avenue (upon completion, it’s estimated that the Gardens will account for ONLY 4 percent of the traffic on Orange Avenue).
KEY FACTS AND INFORMATION
- Significant Benefits to Our Community
- Myths vs. Facts
- Proffers Submitted to the City of Sarasota －Formal Commitment to Neighborhood Input
- Incorporated Neighborhood Feedback (text)
- List of Meetings to Garner Input (text)
- Roadway Improvements (images)
- Sky Garden Diagram (image)
- Existing Zoning (images)
- Proposed Public Access (images)
- Noise Mitigation (images)
- Master Plan at a Glance
MYTH VS. FACTS VIDEOS
WHAT ARE PEOPLE SAYING?
“The Gardens are one of the few areas where nature is still served in downtown Sarasota. The zoning being requested for the Master Plan will designate the land as a botanical garden in perpetuity, strengthening Marie Selby’s intent for a garden in downtown Sarasota.”
– Dr. Calaway H. Dodson is a botanist of world renown. He is now a senior research associate at
Selby Gardens and serves on its Advisory Committee.
“When you see the vision, you cannot help but say: What’s not to like? You cannot help but think what a great asset that would be for the city of Sarasota….
When we think of Sarasota’s potential, the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens should be what it aspires and deserves to be. Its board and CEO are doing its job — creating a world-leading botanical jewel that will add value and pride for all of Sarasota. Just like the Ringling Bridge.”
– Matt Walsh, Editor & CEO, Observer Media Group
“There is considerable excitement for me in the current effort of the leadership of Selby Gardens to implement a master plan that would do exactly what a botanical gardens should do — protect its environment, expand its green space, create sustainability and educate the community about the fruits of its activities.
Best of all, city residents and visitors will have greater access to the Gardens and its property. It will prove that this city is not just a pretty face, but that there are brains behind that attractiveness, and that we can make a real contribution to science as well as the arts.”
– Ken Shelin, former Sarasota city commissioner
“If Selby had not been created, that whole area would probably now be condos.”
– Marlane Wurzbach, Sarasota
“We love this city and all it has to offer. To have Selby Gardens as an integral part of downtown Sarasota is a privilege you won’t find in many cities. Please vote to support the Selby Master Plan as currently presented.”
– Betsy and Bill Roe, Sarasota
“What won me over, however, was that the closing of Palm Ave. to all but pedestrian traffic will allow for installation of a 12-foot multi-use recreational trail around the entire perimeter of the property, open to everyone, free of charge — nearly 50,000 square feet of public use green space. Anyone who’s ever enjoyed the bucolic serenity of a stroll around the five acres Marie Selby originally donated (which will be preserved as is) will understand the appeal.”
– Carrie Seidman, Columnist, Sarasota Herald Tribune
“As Aunt Marie’s closest living relatives, her eight great-nephews and great-nieces — half of whom live locally, we strongly believe she would have been thrilled by the Master Plan. It saves the property as a garden into perpetuity, reflects Aunt Marie’s legacy of public access and education, and uses green technology to make the property energy-efficient and resilient to hurricanes and sea level rise.”
–Richard B. Hayes, Lawrence E. Zehring, Christine Zehring Schou, Robert A. Haynes III, David R. Haynes, Sarah Haynes Cowan, Diana Haynes Runyon and Michael R. Minshall, Marie Selby’s great-nephews and nieces
A fly-through of Phase One of Selby Gardens’ Master Plan. Renderings courtesy of Overland Partners and WP Visions.
If you would like more information or to discuss this further, you can do so by contacting MasterPlan@selby.org.
Help Selby Gardens’ Master Plan come to life!
To make the Selby Gardens Master Plan a reality we need your help.
- Call or write City Commissioners and voting members of the City’s Planning Board.
- Submit a letter to the editor explaining why you support Selby Gardens’ master plan.
Thank you for ensuring the future Marie Selby Botanical Gardens in Sarasota!