The Bay

March 2016 – Present

The Bay

The Purpose

Fifty-three acres of Sarasota’s bayfront are designated for legacy development. The Bay, a multi-sector, community-focused effort to create a vision and long-term plan for this land, is underway.

Strengthening the Impact

The Patterson Foundation has supported the work of this multi-sector community strengthening effort by providing expertise to the team of volunteers who developed the framework to create the Sarasota Bayfront Planning Organization (SBPO).

Following the positive response from Sarasota City Commissioners in 2016, The Patterson Foundation expanded its support by providing $300,000 in catalytic funding and consulting support benefiting the formation and work of the SBPO. The planning organization has hired a project manager and national planning firm to develop a master plan for the land.


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Why does The Patterson Foundation support this initiative and the Sarasota Bayfront Planning Organization?

The Patterson Foundation supports strengthening the community by providing consulting expertise that helps organizations explore possibilities for greater impact. The Patterson Foundation's financial commitment served as a catalyst by providing immediate support and challenge opportunities that propelled fundraising by community volunteers.

What is the impact of The Patterson Foundation’s support for The Bay?

The Patterson Foundation provided consulting support for a Framework Team of volunteers who focused on developing a framework to create the SBPO to advance the vision and guiding principles of this effort. Additionally, The Patterson Foundation contributed $300,000 in catalytic funding benefiting the formation and work of the SBPO. With its continuing interest in helping the community achieve its aspirations through The Bay, The Patterson Foundation has engaged Bo Medred to provide value-add to the master-planning process.

Why do we need to spend time and effort here? Why not move on with the work?

Such a large and complex project requires thoughtful use of resources while being careful about how to execute the planning phase of this wonderful challenge. It will take more time to do it right, but it will be worth the effort for both current and future generations. There is one chance to get it right.

Who can I contact about the Sarasota Bayfront Planning Organization and The Bay?

For more information about the Sarasota Bayfront Planning Organization, visit

For more information about The Bay, contact The Patterson Foundation’s Strategic Communications Lead Roxanne Joffe at

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