Selby Gardens: Public Benefit to All

Guest Correspondence


There’s a reason nearly 5,000 people have signed a petition in support of Selby Gardens’ Master Plan – it’s because this plan contains significant benefits for the approximately 480,000 people who live in and near Sarasota. Here are a few:

1. The addition of almost 50,000 square feet of free public access through the creation of a 12-foot wide multi-use recreation trail, several parklets, and maintenance of the City-owned park adjacent to Selby Gardens’ property.

2. The opportunity for Selby Gardens to welcome more underserved populations through programs such as the My Garden family membership program and the Family Togetherness program.

3. The ability to enhance research programs that contribute to world-wide conservation efforts while expanding the ability to educate everyone on sustainability and plant life.

4. The contribution of more than $78 million in economic impact to the region as well as the creation and support of nearly 3,000 jobs, with priority for hiring given to City residents.

Selby Gardens has been an iconic destination for thousands of citizens for decades, and our Master Plan will allow us to ensure that citizens can enjoy all we have to offer in the years to come.

Jennifer Rominiecki is president and CEO of Marie Selby Botanical Gardens

Visit the Selby Gardens Master Plan Website

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