Stakeholder Spotlight: Laurel Park Neighborhood Association

Meet the organizations that have signed on to support Sarasota Bayfront 20:20!
Laurel Park Neighborhood AssociationIMG_3302
PO Box 1485, Sarasota, FL, 34230
How long has your organization been around?
Laurel Park Neighborhood Association was founded in the early 1990s.
How many condos and homeowners do you represent?
We represent over 200 residences.
Who are your board members and/or leadership?
  • Alice Sundstrom, President
  • Dan Bridinger, Vice President
  • Betsy Sublette, Treasurer
  • Kelly Franklin, Recorder
  • Jude Levy, Past President
  • Don Baillie, Board Member
  • Juliette Reynolds, Board Member
  • Marwan Khammash, Board Membern
  • Jim Lingley, Board Member
What’s your mission?
  • To protect the residential and historic integrity of the neighborhood.
  • To serve as a liaison between the neighborhood and governmental agencies.
  • To promote communication and encourage participation within the neighborhood and with other neighborhoods.
  • To promote and encourage the safety, improvement, beautification and general quality of life in the neighborhood.
What are your hopes for the future of the bayfront?
  • Maintain public access to the bayfront
  • Develop the 42 acres into an attractive green space/park/tree-lined bayfront
  • This space should not only be used for Van Wezel and the Symphony. They are both wonderful organizations and are important to the community, but there is a large contingency they don’t reach or even appeal to. We need to find uses for the bayfront that will attract and serve all of Sarasota’s citizens.
  • Currently, there are no amenities in the area that don’t specifically serve the arts organizations. We understand there are some restrictions on commercial uses, but daily public use would require some amenities, perhaps some nearby vendors who could provide things like food or bicycle rentals.
  • Parking should be underground. This would provide more open space and could help raise the elevation enough to meet requirements for new construction.
  • There needs to be better connectivity to the downtown bayfront for pedestrians and bicyclists. Though it is not strictly part of the Bayfront 20:20 area, the MURT is an important connector to downtown. Currently it is right on busy, US 41 for about a quarter mile between the Ritz Carleton and Boulevard of the Arts. That is not an attractive or inviting connection that would draw people from downtown to the Bayfront 20:20 area.