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Bayfront plan: Just do it

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Bayfront plan: Just do it

The city hasn’t had a signature accomplishment since the Ringling Bridge.
The message from city residents appears unequivocal: Redevelop the bayfront.

Bill Waddill, managing director of the Sarasota Bayfront Planning Organization, has helped plan and develop 30 parks in his 31 years as a senior vice president, land planner and landscape architect at the Kimley-Horn engineering firm.

Of all those parks, Waddill says, he has never experienced a more extensive process — “by far”; never had more “amazing consensus” from the community; never had more public hearings; and never reached more people in the community(more than 50,000) than he has working on Sarasota’s 52-acre Bayfront project.

That should send a powerful, undeniable, convincing message to the Sarasota City Commission members when they meet Thursday, Sept. 6 to consider three requests from the Bayfront planning organization.

There should be no debate.
The time has come.

Read the opinion piece from Matt Walsh of The Observer here.

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