County seeking nominations of names for three sites purchased through environmental program

Deadline is July 19

The Carlton Memorial Reserve is located in the vicinity of Venice. Image courtesy Sarasota County

Sarasota County staff is asking the public to submit names for environmental lands in the eastern part of the county, including the Churchill Ranch, Jordyn Holdings and Carlton Ranch sites.

Those three sites, which are adjacent to the T. Mabry Carlton Jr. Memorial Reserve, were purchased through the Environmentally Sensitive Lands Protection Program, a news release explains. Together, they protect 5,665 acres of native habitat, the release notes.

The deadline for name submission is 5 p.m., Wednesday, July 19, the release says.

A map provided by the Bike Venice Florida website shows the Carlton Ranch. Image from

Per Section 2-2 of the Sarasota County Code, the lands will be named for one or more of the following, the release points out:

  • Geographic location: clearly located or associated with a distinct portion of the county.
  • Historical value: specific historical value or significance to the county.
  • Individual or group: must fulfill at least one of the following: a well-known, elected, appointed or volunteer community leader; an individual or group that has positively influenced a large populace of the county through a significant contribution of money, time or material; an individual or group that had a major involvement in the acquisition or development of the facility; or an individual or group whose civic leadership contributed to the betterment of the community.

Nominations may be submitted via regular mail to the Sarasota County Administration Building, attention Brie Ondercin; email at; or via social media.

For more information, call the county Contact Center at 861-5000 or visit