Do you value rural country landscapes in Sarasota County?

Places where you can still see cows, ride horses, appreciate agricultural endeavors, seek dark skies for starlight, watch birds, conserve pollinators and other native insects, and just breathe country air?

We're losing our countryside to suburban developments. Hi Hat Ranch plans to build 10,000 homes east of I-75. Lakewood Ranch continues to spread eastward and southward. A new 1,000-acre development has just been approved even farther east along Fruitville Road.

 

Sarasota's 2050 plan was supposed to keep development west I-75, close to utilities. Now developers want to take urban sprawl and the utilities to support it all the way to the end of Fruitville Road, and to more than triple the density of land currently zoned one house to 5 or 10 acres.

In response, the Old Miakka Community is asking to change 6,000 acres at the end of Fruitville Rd from Hamlet to Rural Heritage. Rural Heritage/Estate is the more appropriate designation for eastern rural lands. This may soon be the only designation left in Sarasota where people can own horses, cows, goats, sheep, chickens, and pursue a country lifestyle. Please ask Sarasota County Commissioners to keep the country, country at the end of Fruitville Rd by changing the Hamlet designation to Rural Heritage...

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