Current Threats

Updated April 5, 2017

Restaurant Depot

Threat Type: Industrial Development
Next Event Date: April 26, 2017, 1:30pm (Public Hearing) Canceled

Summary

The Restaurant Depot project includes a 60,000 square foot building just a few feet from the western boundary of the Celery Fields Park. The proposed development is located on the northwest corner of Apex Road & Palmer Boulevard, on the property that currently includes the Sarasota County Fire Department station.

View details about Rezone Petition 16-33: Restaurant Depot on the Celery Fields wiki.

Current Status

  • This project was recommended for approval by the Sarasota County Planning Commission.
  • The petition was on the agenda for the Sarasota County Commission meeting on Wednesday, March 1, 2017 at 9:00am, but Commissioners tabled it at that time due to legal technicalities related to the applicant’s failure to properly disclose ownership interests.
  • During the March 21, 2017 meeting of the Board of Sarasota County Commissioners, it was announced that the developer had exercised its right to terminate its contract, citing its failure to receive the required approval for rezoning within its contingency time period.

Events

Along with other local groups, we helped organize a protest on February 25th at 11am. The protest was held at Apex Road & Palmer Boulevard.

Check out our Facebook album for photos of some of the more than 200 protesters who came out to show how they feel about this petition.

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TST Ventures “Recycling Center”

Threat Type: Industrial Development
Next Event Date: Unknown

Summary

This petition is in its very early stages. The developer plans to combine 3 adjoining properties in order to build a facility to process construction and demolition debris and yard waste with concrete crushers, wood chippers, and dozens of inbound and outbound truckloads per day of waste.

View details about Rezone Petition 17-01: Recycling Center on our wiki .

Current Status

This petition is currently will be reviewed by the Sarasota County Planning Department once the petition has been deemed to be “complete.” Currently, it has been deemed incomplete due to a deficiency related to a traffic study.

Events

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Sale of Surplus Lands

Threat Type: Sale of Celery Fields Properties
Next Event Date: Unknown

Summary

Three of the four parcels of lands known as the “Quads,” and located at the intersection of Apex Road and Palmer Boulevard are currently for sale by Sarasota County.

Through some process which we are still working to fully understand, these parcels were identified as “Surplus Lands,” and place on a list of properties which Sarasota County could sell.

Since these parcels are designated as part of the Celery Fields on numerous maps and County publications, including this Field Guide to Conservation Lands (see page numbered 18), questions have been raised as to the appropriateness of the “Surplus Lands” designation.

Current Status

We are calling upon Sarasota County to revisit its process for determining “Surplus Lands” status for Public Property, and asking the County to reverse this designation for the Celery Fields properties, pending an open, public discussion as to the best use of these properties.

Events

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