SARASOTA - Private donors have invested $5 million of the Bay's master plan and the first of three potential $1 million gifts to go to project's funds. 

This adds to a previous $2 million grant from Patterson and this grant makes a total of $8 million for the bay. 

The Patterson Foundation hopes this will speed up a transformation of the 53 acres on Sarasota's Bayfront into a public park and performing hub.