Sarasota County's Environmentally Sensitive Lands Protection Program (ESLPP) and Neighborhood Parkland Acquisition Program are voter-approved and taxpayer-funded programs designed to acquire and protect natural lands and parklands.
- In March 1999, voters approved the ESLPP to protect native habitats by not more than 0.25 mil ad valorem tax collected through 2019.
- In November 2005, voters approved a second referendum extending the program through 2029 and expanding the county’s land protection efforts to include neighborhood parkland acquisitions.
We also acquire land through other means, including grants, donations, partnerships and conservation easements.
Citizens who wish to nominate land to be considered for county acquisition may complete a nomination form (see the documents on the right side of page).
To be considered under the Environmentally Sensitive or Neighborhood Parkland Programs, a property must have a willing seller.
- The criteria for considering parkland acquisitions include location, broad community access, proximity and connectedness, natural features, cultural features, compatible community needs and water access.
- The criteria considered for environmental acquisitions are rarity, quality, connectivity, manageability and water quality benefits.
- The nomination form may be used for either program and contains more details
The Environmentally Sensitive Lands Oversight Committee and the Parks Advisory and Recreation Council are the two advisory boards authorized by the Sarasota County Commission to review nominated properties and make recommendations for land protection.
To submit a land acquisition nomination form, send the completed nomination form to LandNominations@scgov.net, or mail the form to:
Sarasota County Government
Attn: Land Nominations
1660 Ringling Blvd., Fifth Floor
Sarasota, FL 34236
For information on the county’s Environmental and Parkland Acquisition Program, call 941-861-5000.