Since 2013, Bayfront 20:20 has spearheaded a broad community discussion regarding the future of the Bayfront, organizing 220 meetings ranging from six major community forums to informal discussions throughout the community. Bayfront 20:20 and its 55 member organizations continue to play an active role in building support for Bayfront redevelopment.
In October 2016, the City endorsed the establishment of the Sarasota Bayfront Planning Organization (SBPO) for the specific purpose of guiding the creation of a professional, comprehensive master plan that reflects the desires of the Sarasota community for a family friendly green space that also provides an exceptional home to Sarasota’s arts and cultural organizations.
The SBPO builds on the foundation work completed by Bayfront 20:20 in establishing the vision and guiding principles desired by the Sarasota community for the development of the Bayfront site. Once the Bayfront master plan has been completed and approved by the City, the SBPO’s mandate will be complete and the organization will sunset.