Dear Matt Osterhoudt and Jane Grogg,
On Sept. 12, 2018, the Board of Sarasota County Commissioners wisely decided that it was time to revisit the Critical Area Plan (CAP) for the Quad parcels near the Celery Fields in light of the current context and realities.
This provides a long overdue opportunity to envision what is possible, rather than trying to adapt it to outdated planning decisions.
Before starting the CAP process, the BCC will first need to approve the boundaries (i.e. aerial extent) and criteria (plan tasks) at a public hearing.
In advance of that hearing, it is appropriate for staff to proactively conduct public meeting(s) to solicit public input on the boundaries and criteria, much as was done at this stage of the Fruitville Initiative.
As the future of these public lands is of demonstrable public interest, please advise as to your timing, scope, and process.
Glenna Blomquist, Carlos Correa, Tom Matrullo, Gary Walsh
Executive Council, Fresh Start