SARASOTA COUNTY - After a struggle, a small but symbolic Sarasota 2050 subdivision will move forward.

A long and bitter battle ended with a 3–2 vote to allow the landowner to proceed with a plan for 37 homes clustered on a little more than 12 acres east of Sarasota and Interstate 75 — offset by a buffer of green space and wetlands.

The Arbour Lake Preserve must preserve the rural heritage of a region that, up to now, has been lightly populated and characterized by five–acre residential spreads. The fate of this 49–acre parcel just south of Fruitville Road and north of Palmer Boulevard, has been dangling in suspense for some time.

The owner, Sam Rogers Homes, originally petitioned for a 70–home development but that was cut nearly in half. Along with a promise to create 25 acres of wetlands, the builder is obligated to create a buffer around the residential lots and improve Boleyn Road without causing harm to its existing oak canopy.