The community is invited to celebrate enhanced bicycle safety and expanded multimodal opportunities when the Ringling Trail “complete street” opens with a special ceremony at 10 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 15. The event will take place on the north side of the Ringling Boulevard - Legacy Trail intersection, just east of School Avenue. 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.
Traffic Switched to Phase 2B on Saturday 12/16/2022
The new traffic pattern put the Gulfstream Avenue & US 41 intersection into the roundabout configuration; the crossover patterns at Main Street and Sunset Drive are being removed. The switch will occur at night and consist of pavement marking removal, temporary barrier wall removal, temporary traffic separator removal, signage installation and adjustment, and signalization work.
Even though the traffic will be using the roundabout, there is still a lot of other auxiliary work with landscaping, restoring parking and other activities before this project is completed in Spring 2023
NOTE: "We are working with FDOT on getting a heads up when they close lanes in the roundabout during the day so we can notify the public of the delay. Sorry for the trouble but we are working on smoothing this issue out. Apparently the lack of concrete is putting significant operational strain on the project forcing the daytime work to occur to avoid significant extension of the construction. We do expect these events to occur again, hopefully we will be in a position to let everyone know in advance." from City of Sarasota 1/11/2023
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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.
Phase One will be complete in August 2023!
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 early 2024.
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 now include the infrastructure for 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.
Estimated Golf Course Opening is mid 2023.
LKRA February Meet & Greet is Tuesday February 14, 2023, from 5:00 to 7:00 pm, Holiday Inn - Sarasota, Hotel Lobby Bar. No pre-registration needed, just bring your Valentine for "happy hour" with neighbors and enjoy.
LKRA Annual Breakfast Meeting - Saturday, February 18, 2023 at 9:00 am. Our Annual Member Breakfast is always well-attended and with our 2023 guest speaker John McCarthy, Vice President for Regional History (Marie Selby Botanical Gardens) this year will undoubtably sell out. Breakfast served buffet style. Registra