Sarasota County, Florida Print
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Lead Agency: Sarasota County Government
Action Plan Download
Sarasota developed its second 5-year action plan with the goal of continuing to engage individuals, government, business, nonprofits and media to on age-friendly practices, programs and policy. The Sarasota Age-Friendly Initiative remains committed to this work and to continuing the collective age-friendly journey as a community. Developing this action plan during the COVID-19 pandemic, Sarasota recognizes growing older is not just about fragility or diminished abilities, it is also about active aging, participation and recognizing the talents and resources older adults bring to the table.
Action Plan Highlights
HousingProvide affordable and safe housing for older adults with innovative options to age in place. Increase awareness of new zoning accommodations, including Universal Design concepts for Accessory Dwelling Units within the city.
Health and Community ServicesImprove access to community-based health and social supportss, including promoting the value and availability of telehealth options.
Outdoor SpacesExpand beach access for all members of the community by building infrastructure for mobility impaired residents.
Progress Report Download
Sarasota County's age-friendly progress report shows a committment to achieving age-friendly goals through the use of technology. The county has developed and implemented broad, user-friendly applications, such as Silvernest and Nesterly--intergenerational homesharing and roommate finding apps, SeeClick Fix to enable communcation with local government about non-emergency infrastructure, MultiModalMap for quick access to Transit, Bike Lanes, and Sidewalks within a half-mile radius, and a location tracking app for their free, frequent trolley. Sarasota County also hosted the nation's first age-friendly festival in October 2017, and received an Award of Excellence, American Planning Association-Florida for Innovation in Planning for all ages for its Universal Design (UD) Resolution from the Florida chapter of the American Planning Association.