SARASOTA - Selby Gardens is extending an olive branch to the Sarasota City Commission, and citizens of the city, in the quest for a parking garage and rooftop restaurant.


According to the Herald Tribune, at the eight-hour City Commission hearing on Monday, Selby Botanical Gardens officials pledged to reduce the size of the rooftop restaurant by 25%, move a dining terrace to the north side of the building and eliminate elevator access to the rooftop, which will reduce the overall height of the "Sky Garden" by 7 feet.

These changes are in addition to the millions of dollars in improvements that Selby says it has made to the $92 million plan as a result of neighborhood input. Opponents have argued that Selby's construction plan will increase noise and traffic and reduce quality of life along Orange Avenue.

On Monday, members of the city planning department recommended that the City Commission approve zoning changes required by Selby's master site plan.

The City Commission public hearing will continue November 5th at City Hall.