Sarasota County's protected lands provide safe habitat for many threatened and native species including gopher tortoises, Florida scrub jays, bobcats, eagles and migrant birds. Acquisition and protection of these lands ensures that environmentally sensitive nature and habitats will be there for future generations.
Eligibility and Criteria
To be considered under the Environmentally Sensitive Lands Protection Program or Neighborhood Parklands Acquisition Programs a property must have a willing seller.
- The criteria for considering parkland acquisitions include:
- Broad community access
- Proximity and connectedness
- Natural features
- Cultural features
- Compatible community needs
- Water access
- The criteria considered for environmental acquisitions are:
- Water quality benefits
- The Environmentally Sensitive Lands Protection Program or Neighborhood Parklands Acquisition Program nomination form may be used for either program and contains more details with regards to the criteria.
Sarasota County Government
Attn: Land Nominations
1660 Ringling Blvd., Fifth Floor
Sarasota, FL 34236
For more information call 941-861-5000.
Acquiring Land for Neighborhood Parks
In 2005, Sarasota County voters overwhelmingly approved adding ESLPP's sister program, Neighborhood Parklands Acquisition Program, to create new recreational opportunities to showcase Sarasota County's natural environment and cultural heritage. The intent was to optimize opportunities and more efficiently acquire parklands and other open space for the increasing population while providing accessible facilities, diverse programs, increased water and beach access and connectivity within parks for pedestrians and bicyclists.
The program has made efforts to acquire numerous parcels throughout the county, including in incorporated areas.
The Environmentally Sensitive Lands Oversight Committee and the Parks Advisory and Recreation Council are the two advisory boards authorized by the Sarasota County Commission to review nominated properties and make recommendations for land protection.