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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 Framework 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 hired a project manager and national planning firm to develop a master plan for the land, which the City Commission approved in September 2018. In January 2019, the SBPO evolved into The Bay Park Conservancy (BPC) to work with the City of Sarasota to create, co-fund, build, and operate a park for the community.


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Why does The Patterson Foundation support The Bay?

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 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 approach 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 Bay Park Conservancy and The Bay?

For more information about the Sarasota Bayfront Planning Organization, visit

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

Sarasota County Commission Chair, Chris D. Hines, talks with Mayor Liz Alpert and Managing Director of The Bay, Bill Waddell, to bring viewers up to date on the vision and plan for the fifty-three acres of Sarasota’s bayfront
(total time: 22 minute 25 seconds)

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