In return, the coalition offered to support their petition for a right-in turn lane from Bee Ridge Road. The coalition has kept its part of the bargain, but when Tom Hardy, project manager for Racetrac, was asked why there was not a single plant more than the minimum required by the County, here's Mr. Hardy's reply in toto:
I have considered your request for the additional trees along Bee Ridge Road. We will not be adding any additional trees. We feel we have a balanced landscape that meets Sarasota County’s requirements. We have provided significant base shrubs and groundcover along the frontage that is well above code.
As far as the residents of Sarasota Lakes, we look forward to serving them and will embrace our presence in the community.
We opened today, so I hope you had a chance to grab some Crazy Good Coffee and SwirlWorld yogurt.
Thanks for all your concern and participation throughout this entire process. I hope you enjoy your RaceTrac.
Tom Hardy, PLA | Senior Engineering Project Manager
Racetrac Petroleum, Inc. | racetrac.com | 3225 Cumberland Blvd., Suite 100, Atlanta GA 30339