The Ringling Trail "complete street" features protected bicycle lanes for one mile between Lime and Pineapple avenues in downtown Sarasota creating a safer road experience for recreational cyclists and commuters. The lanes also provide connectivity between The Legacy Trail at Payne Park and the downtown core, Pineapple and Lime avenues in downtown Sarasota. It enhances connectivity from The Legacy Trail to the downtown core, making the road safer for recreational cyclists and commuters. Project Completion - December 2022.
"The Bay is a community, city and park conservancy initiative to transform 53 acres of city-owned land, that is mostly parking lot, into a signature public park on Sarasota Bay. Once complete, The Bay includes a wide range of park uses that will be open and accessible, free and welcoming, to the full and rich diversity of our community. Sign up to receive their newsletter via EMAIL
The Bay Park GRAND OPENING was October 14, 2022. Many portions of the park are open and available.
For the latest, visit: The Bay Sarasota - The Bay Sarasota
In February 2021, the Sarasota City Commission gave final approval to the applications necessary for Selby Gardens’ Master Plan (updated) to become a reality! This undertaking is vital to preserving the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens history, safeguarding the world’s best scientifically documented plant collections of their kind, and sustaining its future — both environmentally and financially. Project Updates
Phase One is on schedule for Late 2023 and will include:
In November 2020, Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium broke ground for their new $130 million, 4 story, 110,000 sq. ft. Mote Science Education Aquarium (Mote SEA) at Nathan Benderson Park. Although Lido residents are sad that we will lose the convenience of the existing Mote Aquarium on City Island, we are excited with the cultural, educational and economic opportunities this brings our community. Research and Labs will remain on City Island.
Anticipated opening is late 2024.
Renovations to the Bobby Jones Golf Club & Nature Park are closer to completion, with a December 15, 2023, grand opening, The fully refurbished 18-hole Donald Ross-designed course will open first, along with the nature park. A nine-hole adjustable par three course – tentatively scheduled to open in January 2024 - is being built on the other side of Circus Boulevard on the Gillespie Course. A large driving range, short-game practice area and new clubhouse are included in the plans. The City Commission in early 2022 unanimously approved placing a conservation easement on Bobby Jones Golf Club, restoring the historic 18-hole Donald Ross golf course, and constructing a new 9-hole adjustable course and clubhouse. The conservation easement will limit the use to recreation, parkland and green space in perpetuity. The reconstructed Bobby Jones municipal golf course will be downsized from 45 holes to 27 holes and will include a 150-acre nature park while improving water quality. Wetlands will be created to filter stormwater as it flows through the Bobby Jones property, which is located within a significant regional watershed, and ultimately ends in Sarasota Bay. The Southwest Florida Water Management District approved a $1.5 million grant for a wetlands and water quality improvement project on the site. Also approved is a conservation easement with the Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast over the 261-acre Bobby Jones Golf property. Groundbreaking was held on March 4th, 2022.
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A Sandcastle event on Tuesday, March 12th will prevent us from holding our Meet & Greet. Stay tuned for either a new date or a new venue.
LKRA's March Resident Meeting will be held on March 16th - 10:00 am at the Lido Beach Resort. Topic will be the Sarasota Bay Estuary Program.
LKRA's 2024 Beach Party “Cheeseburger in Paradise". Friday, April 5th on the beach at the Sandcastle Resort. Tickets $65.00 are now available!