Siesta Key Association, Siesta Key, Florida

SKA actions on proposed Siesta Promenade project

Updated December 4, 2018

SKA is actively working to follow the progress of the Benderson Development proposal to build a mixed-use development at the corner of Stickney Point Road and US-41.  Our goal is to ensure that the final development has the least possible impact on Siesta Key and its residents. 

Projected timeline UPDATE

Key dates:
  • County Staff sufficiency declaration: Issued July 17, 2018
  • End of County Staff formal review: August 31, 2018
  • Planning Commission recommend approval: November 15, 2018
  • County Commission public hearing: December 12, 2018
SKA submitted a letter to the Planning Commission requesting that they recommend that the project not be approved as currently proposed.  Despite this and hours of testimony opposing approval, the Planning Commission voted 5-2 to recommend approval of the project as submitted.

The final Public Hearing before the Board of County Commissioners will be held at 9am on December 12, 2018.  If you have comments you want the commissioners to consider, they should be emailed to them before 5pm  on Wednesday, December 5, 2018 to be sure they are included in the official briefing packets.

SKA has submitted a letter to the BCC requesting that they not approve the project as planned and either require that it be resubmitted conforming to standard zoning limits or approve the project with changes to reduce the density and height limits from those in the current proposal.

It is important for as many people as possible to attend the Public Hearing on the 12th to make sure the commissioners understand the magnitude of the opposition to this project.  Whether you  plan to speak or not, your attendance shows that you care about the outcome of the commissioners' vote.

In the interim, please take a minute to sign the iPetition created by Sura Kochman.  Benderson has been gathering "Likes" on the marketing website they set up for their proposal, and they likely will try to use this to show that people in favor of the project outnumber the people opposed.  It is up to you to help prove they are wrong.

Neighborhood Workshop

Todd Mathes, Benderson Development project manager for Siesta Promenade, held a county-mandated Neighborhood Workshop on Thursday, August 23, 2018 at 6pm at the Pine Shores Presbyterian Church, 6135 Beechwood Ave, Sarasota FL 34231.  County staff were in attendance.  Here is the official notice from the county.

There was a large public turnout and many comments from residents.  Local news outlets provided coverage, but SKA is not currently aware of any official report on the outcome of the meeting.

Benderson Development Promotional Activity

Benderson Development has issued a press release and launched a website promoting the development.  Links are below.

They are marketing the development heavily and even launched a survey to engage residents in the selection of an organic grocer for the retail section.

SKA encourages members to compare the statements made on the website against the text of the actual CAP submission.  Also compare the assumptions on roadway reconfiguration against statements by FDOT on will not be done.

Documents filed with Sarasota County

Below are links to the documents filed with Sarasota County by the developer along with the latest advisories on the project from the County Planner.  Newest documents are at the top.
Siesta Key Association • PO Drawer 35200 • Sarasota, FL 34242 • 941-364-4880info@siestakeyassociation.com