Just the Facts
Why it Matters
The historic Bobby Jones Golf Club of nearly 300 acres plays a significant environmental role for the region. Enormous volumes of storm water, including runoff from as far away as the Mall at University Town Center, are retained and filtered by the property before flowing into Sarasota Bay. The almost 300 acres of green space situated within an urban area serve as habitat for more than 45 species of birds and many other wildlife species. The hundreds of trees on the property play a critical air quality role by processing carbon from the atmosphere, thereby improving local air quality, cooling the region, and helping to counter climate change.
The City of Sarasota is considering a permanent conservation easement which would ensure the permanent conservation of green space and allow compatible future uses, which would be limited to golf, light recreation, natural resource restoration and protection as parkland or open space.