A change may be coming for major ranch development in Sarasota County


SARASOTA – A change may be coming for major ranch development in Sarasota County.

The proposed change is regarding development rules for the expansive Hi Hat Ranch, and it would give ranch owners a way to develop the large chunk of land east of Interstate 75.

Owners of the ranch are requesting a change specific to their land to allow for a two–step approval process that would allow a massive community that would take several decades to build.

Critics argue the potential change would undermine the county’s long range 2050 growth management plan.

This proposal will be considered by the Sarasota County Commission this week.

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Kathy Leon
New York born, morning anchor Kathy Leon has lived in Florida more than half her life and Sarasota is truly her home. She joined the Herald-Tribune in 2003 after her son was born, choosing to take a break from TV news after 10 years at Sarasota's WWSB, as a reporter and its first morning anchor. But, after a 10 month break, the opportunity to work together with paper and web reporters lured her back. She’s almost done it all; Weekend anchor, morning anchor, executive producer and even a weather forecaster! Along the way Kathy won an Associated Press award for Best Sports story, as well as five others for hard news. Still as a wife, and working mom of 2, she’s always striving to find the right balance. And, with all the resources Sarasota has to offer the hardest part is taking advantage of it all. Contact Kathy at Kathy.Leon@snntv.com


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