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Sarasota City Commission Approves The Bay Master Plan

After 9 months of planning and community input, on September 6, 2018, the Sarasota City Commission approved the Master Plan proposed by the Sarasota Bayfront Planning Organization (SBPO) and Sasaki. Work is underway to evolve the SBPO into its permanent form, The Bay Conservancy (TBC), partnering with the City of Sarasota. The Bay Conservancy will provide fundraising, planning, implementation and maintenance of the 53-acre project.

RFQ Responses

The SBPO received RFQ responses by the September 1 deadline from 22 teams representing 81 firms with outstanding credentials. We appreciate and acknowledge the considerable time and resources that these firms put into their submittals. Submittals were confidential for thirty (30) calendar days from September 5, 2017, through October 4, 2017, and are now available for public review at the Blue Pagoda (by appointment only).
SHORTLIST: 4 teams
The SBPO advised all respondents of the results after approval of the shortlist at the SBPO Board meeting on Tuesday, September 19. Shortlisted firms participated in publicly-noticed interviews on October 3-4, 2017.

INTERVIEWS: Public Attendance and Questions
The interviews included questions from the SBPO that candidates received in advance, and at least two questions from the public (summarized from over 50 that were submitted between September 19-October 1) that were asked during the interviews. The interviews were held from 9 AM-12 PM and 2 PM-5PM on October 3-4 at the Robert L. Taylor Community Complex, 1845 34th Street, Sarasota, FL 34234. The SBPO thanks all of the members of the public who attended the interviews and made the interactive sessions so successful.

View Segments of the Interviews:

Cooper Robertson
Rogers Partners

On October 11, 2017, the SBPO Board unanimously voted to move forward to the next stages with Sasaki of Watertown, MA. (The full press release is available under the "News" tab.) Sasaki will work with the SBPO to complete their master planning team by selecting Round II subconsultants, developing a scope of work, and finalizing a contract. If these steps are successful and a contract is signed, then project kick-off meetings will be held during the first week of December.