Just the Facts
December 2020 - Conservation Foundation is in final negotiations for the conservation easement agreement with the City of Sarasota. The agreement will go before the City Commissioners for final approval in 2021. The easement will ensure the permanent conservation of green space and allow compatible future uses, which would be limited to golf, light recreation, natural resource restoration and protection as parkland or open space.
The City of Sarasota is preparing the grounds for earthmoving while completing the engineering drawings and permitting necessary for golf and park development. The "trails" you see now are actually golf cart paths and will eventually be destroyed in order for restoration work, water improvement (a la the canals), golf course re-design, etc. to begin. However, the City is committed to having the public be able to enjoy the property - as much as is safe - during the entire project.
April 2021 - Learn more about our role in the conservation of the Bobby Jones Golf Club with president Christine Johnson and Cathy Antunes, host of The Detail, on WSLR radio aired on April 1, 2021. The discussion begins approximately 1 minute into the recording.
Why it Matters
The historic Bobby Jones Golf Club of nearly 300 acres plays a significant environmental role for the region. Enormous volumes of storm water, including runoff from as far away as the Mall at University Town Center, are retained and filtered by the property before flowing into Sarasota Bay. The almost 300 acres of green space situated within an urban area serve as habitat for more than 45 species of birds and many other wildlife species. The hundreds of trees on the property play a critical air quality role by processing carbon from the atmosphere, thereby improving local air quality, cooling the region, and helping to counter climate change.
On February 18, 2020, the Sarasota City Commission voted to accept Option III(3) and directed staff to work with Conservation Foundation to draft a conservation easement agreement. Read about it in the Sarasota Herald-Tribune.
Option III (3) Download the design and options here.
Community Benefits of Option III (3)
Option III (3) also provides the following advantages: