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Platform

“When a city like Sarasota experiences an unprecedented growth spurt, with luxury condo development at an all-time high, with Sarasota topping the US News and World Report list of best places to retire for two years in a row, with the real estate market increasing in value 35%, the issue becomes managing this rapid development. The city must retain the requisite ratio of workforce attainable housing for custodians, garbage men, school teachers, emergency service workers, servers, and housekeeping workers. The city must also maintain adequate police, fire, and emergency response capacity to keep pace with all the growth. People are drawn to Sarasota because of the small town feel with the big city amenities, and a location on the Gulf with unparalleled opportunities to enjoy nature and the best beaches in America. These pleasures are at risk of being lost if we don’t manage this development responsibly. The challenge is how to retain the character of this city while enjoying the benefits of having a growing population that will contribute to the economy year-round, and not just seasonally.  We must provide the necessary infrastructure to retain our standing on the “Best of” lists. My campaign is about taking a holistic approach to Sarasota’s development, which means considering the needs of all citizens: the people who collect the trash, maintain the pipes that bring water to your house, and the ones who teach our children, the ones who care for our aging family members, and the ones who respond to our 911 calls. This includes considering the needs of year-round residents, snowbirds, new residents, local business owners and developers, so that we can manage growth at a sustainable pace while retaining the character of Sarasota we all love.”

 

-Terrill Salem, April 15, 2022

Sustainable Development

Carefully examining new projects, considering zoning, safety, traffic and environmental impacts

 

Attainable Housing

Creating work-force housing and housing for fixed-income retirees

 

Fire and Police Capacity Development

Ensuring Fire and Police get the support they need to keep pace with Sarasota’s growing human population

 

Crime Prevention

Addressing mental health and homelessness on our streets

 

Environmental Protection

Countering pollution and increased potential for red tide with development

 

Climate Change Adaptation

Keeping ahead of sea level rise and global warming impact while maintaining local biodiversity

 

Preserving the Character of Sarasota

Fostering economic development while keeping the small-town feel