Fresh start for celery fields no time soon


SARASOTA – A fresh start for the famed Celery Fields may not take place in the forseeable future.

The Sarasota County Commission heard plans from Fresh Start, a citizens group trying to keep the land out of the hands of industrialists, but the commission rejected the proposal.

In the spring, Fresh Start gave some ideas for a proposed outdoor sports complex by the YMCA with a soccer field, tennis courts, clubhouse, and possibly shops and restaurants, and the commission asked that more details be brought to yesterday’s meeting.

According to the Hearld-Tribune Commission Chairwoman Nancy Detert expected a more detailed plan, but instead of providing detailed plans, the group highlighted the need to avoid selling the land for industrial use.

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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


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