Save the Celery Fields!

Save The Celery FieldsLike so many, we have come to love the Celery Fields in Sarasota.

Whether you come for the exercise, the birding, or just to enjoy the natural beauty of the area, the Celery Fields will leave an indelible impression on you and you’ll want to return again and again.

But now, due to a series of circumstances that have been brewing for decades, the beauty and tranquility of this area is threatened. And that’s why we created this project, to provide a resource for people just like you to help Save The Celery Fields.

What Can I Do To Help?

We’re so glad you asked!

  • First: sign up for email updates.
  • Second: Spread the word. You can email your friends, join the Facebook Page, and post links to this website in online forums, discussion groups, on social media, and anywhere else you see a conversation about Sarasota, the environment, birding, or any other relevant topic. (You can also follow our new Twitter account).
  • Third:  Help us add relevant information to the Celery Fields Wiki. The goal of the Wiki is to develop the definitive collection of information that might be useful to anyone who is working to put a stop to the threats that face the Celery Fields. Note: contributing to the wiki requires a user account, which you can request by contacting us here or sending an email to:

Have a suggestion? A question? Please don’t hesitate to leave a comment below! (Please note that comments are moderated and may not appear immediately.)

We look forward to working with you to save the Celery Fields!

4 Replies to “Save the Celery Fields!”

    1. Hi Jake,

      Thanks for visiting the site! We’re actually preparing an entire write-up on the Recycling Center project, including all the actions for people to take. I’m sure this petition will be included, along with some other steps that might have a bit more weight in the minds of the Planning Commissioners and County Commissioners for Sarasota.

      Thanks again, and we hope to stay in touch with you!

    1. Hi Patricia,

      Thanks for your question! The Celery Fields lands were purchased by Sarasota County with public money in the mid-1990s following major flooding in the Phillipi Creek basin in a 1992 storm. Today, the County still owns the land, but several of the properties (3 out of the 4 properties known as the “quads” at the corner of Apex Road & Palmer Boulevard) have been quietly offered for sale by the County. The property on the SW corner is under contract to be sold to TST Ventures, LLC, which is owned & operated by Jim Gabbert. That’s the property that is the subject of the August 23, 2017 public hearing before the Sarasota County Board of County Commissioners.

      I hope this is helpful! If you have additional questions, please don’t hesitate to let us know!

      ^David Johnson

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