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Selby Gardens’ Compromise Master Plan – Downtown Sarasota Campus

As we celebrate Selby Gardens’ 45th anniversary, we invite you to look ahead to the next 45 years, with a focus on the Compromise Master Plan for our Downtown Sarasota campus. This undertaking is vital to preserving our history, safeguarding the world’s best scientifically documented plant collections of their kind, and sustaining our future — both environmentally and financially.

In a 4-1 vote, the Sarasota City Commission approved the applications necessary for Selby Gardens’ Compromise Master Plan to become a reality at our Downtown Sarasota campus!  This is a huge step forward in preserving our history and sustaining our future.

There will be one additional hearing and vote by the City Commission in the coming weeks before we earn final approval.  We will be sure to let you know once the date is set.

Last year we listened to 40 hours of public testimony on our project – ranging from City Commissioners and Planning Board members to neighbors and community residents.  We also held countless meetings to garner feedback.  As a result, we have made key compromises to address compatibility, noise, and traffic concerns —  including the following:

Compromise Master Plan: Before and After

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before and after chart

Selby Gardens has secured $35 million in private funds restricted solely to the implementation of this Master Plan. In the wake of the pandemic, the construction jobs and economic impact created by the project will give the local economy a much needed boost as the challenges for our community continue. The wide-ranging effects of COVID-19 have also emphasized the importance of bayfront sanctuaries like ours that can provide outdoor refuge and respite, while underscoring the ever present need to safeguard our site from hurricanes and sea-level rise for the generations to come.

We look forward to keeping you updated as we continue to move ahead with the goal of realizing this vital vision for Selby Gardens’ future in Downtown Sarasota.

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