“We’d like to have a quality designer come in and have freedom, as opposed to a list of specific items that must be included. The designer might feel limited by the ideas already in the heads of elected officials.” -Downtown Sarasota Condo Association President John Moran, on the redesign plans for Five Points Park.


Points Of Interest: The City Struggles To Include Community Members In Five Points Park Redesign
At a special city commission workshop Monday, the Sarasota City Commissioners discussed how to include leaders from groups such as the Five Points Condominium Association in the decision on a new landscape architect for the park.City leaders want to redesign the park, which sits in the middle of downtown, as a passive space where there are no curbs and bricks line the streets–much like the style of the Lemon Avenue and Main Street intersection.
But the commission could not decide first on the proper way to include community members in the initial rounds of discussion. One commissioner feared that the allowing too many members on the committee might lead to complications.The matter was left undecided, but interim Sarasota City Manager Peter Schneider said he would come up with a viable way for the public to work with city officials to help decide the fate for the park’s design.