The following press release was submitted for publication by the city of Sarasota:
With the completion of a significant landscape enhancement project to make our community even more beautiful, thousands of new shrubs and hundreds of new trees now line U.S. 301, stretching from Mound Street to Myrtle Street. A portion of Mound Street, north of the U.S. 301 split, also was landscaped.
“Sarasota is a beautiful city,” said City Manager Tom Barwin. “Now, after this landscaping project, our gateways are even more inviting. If you haven’t driven along U.S. 301 lately, I encourage you to do so. The new landscaping is stunning and long overdue. Congratulations to all involved.”
The improvements included planting almost 200 new trees including 147 palms plus 16,000 shrubs and groundcover. Irrigation systems also were installed and brick pavers were placed along select medians.
The project contractor will provide one year of maintenance.
Residents are encouraged to contact Keep Sarasota Beautiful to report litter issues: 941-861-5000.
The project cost $851,700 with more than half funded by the Florida Department of Transportation. The remainder was funded through the Local Option Sales Tax II which was approved by voters throughout Sarasota County in 1997.
For more information contact Neil Gaines, project manager: 941-365-2200 ext. 6309.