Save Sarasota County
For over 25 years, Control Growth Now has attempted to protect and enhance all that makes Sarasota County a special place to live, work and visit.
Together, we endeavor to balance the big developers who use their largess with politicians to gain at the expense of our mobility, neighborhoods, environment, schools and quality of life. We work to control development in a way that is responsible and to make growth pay its own way rather than placing the costs of growth on the backs of the taxpaying public.
We also seek integrity in our elected officials, by calling out breaches of the public trust and supporting ethical candidates who seek to serve you, not just the special few.
Join us today in striving for a better tomorrow, for ourselves and for generations yet to come.
Join Control Growth Now, attend our events if you can, and do your part for a better tomorrow.
It's too important not to care.
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Now more than ever, Sarasota County needs Control Growth Now and Control Growth Now needs you. Please click here to join today. Annual dues are only $20. As a member, you get an invitation to our events, receive email alerts and help our web site and other activities. Together we can do much that we cannot do alone. Thank you very much for your valued support.
Over 25 Years of Service
On April 14, 1989, an organization was born with the mission of controlling growth and development in Sarasota County in a way that protects residents, taxpayers and the environment. Originally named GEO and changed in 2003 to Control Growth Now, our grassroots citizens group has had a major impact on the growth and environmental policies of Sarasota County and its cities.
The CGN Agenda
Leading state and local politicians are calling for weaker controls on development, to allow more traffic congestion, taxpayer subsidies of developers and environmental harm in order to spur even more of the overdevelopment that has crashed our economy. Control Growth Now has a six-point plan to counter these schemes, in order to protect our homes and our community.
Paving Paradise and Gridlocking Roads
The Sarasota County Commission breaks precedent by allowing a developer to pave over valuable wetlands for a Whole Foods at University Parkway and Honore Avenue and to build without needed road improvements to handle the traffic. Click here
Small School Impact Fee Cheats Children and Taxpayers
The Sarasota County School Board sets the school impact fee at a mere fourth of what it expert recommends, the third lowest in the state, leaving a shortfall for school construction which will rob funds needed for maintenance, improvement, technology and safety.
A Victory for Sarasota Utility Customers
The Sarasota City Commission finally restores the water and sewer impact fees on developers and studies a rollback of utility bills on residents and businesses, after four years of advocacy for this by Control Growth Now. Click here
Normille and Zimmerman for Sarasota City Commission
In the Sarasota City Commission election March 10, 2015, and in a May 12 runoff if that occurs, Control Growth Now endorses incumbents Eileen Normille in District 2 and Stan Zimmerman in District 3. Both are experienced, intelligent public servants with superior principles to serve the interests of taxpayers, mobility, neighborhoods and the environment. CGN also congratulates District 1 City Commissioner Willie Shaw, who also has those attributes, on his reelection without opposition.
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At the Integrity 2016 Rally 4/1/15
CGN 2014 Annual Meeting featured In TV News
We call out County Commissioner Christine Robinson's conflict of interest
County Commission pays to be told to repeal all growth controls
Dan Lobeck debates Amendment 4 on Bay News 9 - 2010
Tiger Bay debate on Amendment 4 - 2010