Palmer Ranch, Florida
|Established||December 18, 1984|
|• Total||6,733 acres (2,725 ha)|
| • Estimate |
|• Density||1,700/sq mi (640/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC−05:00 (EST)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC−04:00 (EDT)|
Palmer Ranch is a master planned community in Sarasota County, Florida between the cities of Sarasota and Osprey. Palmer Ranch encompasses approximately 6,733 acres (2,725 ha), bounded by Clark Road to the north, U.S. Route 41 to the west, Interstate 75 to the east, and State Road 681 to the south. The area was part of the original 80,000 acres (320 km2) of Florida land purchased by Bertha Honoré Palmer, wife of Chicago businessman Potter Palmer.
Bertha Palmer, known as Mrs. Potter Palmer, came to Sarasota in 1910, and resided on Little Sarasota Bay for her winter home. She improved agricultural methods to the land, added lavish gardens, and buildings which the land is now the Historic Spanish Point garden and historic site. While the house The Oaks is gone, outbuildings and landscape remain, including remnants of designs by Achilles Duchene, after whom the Duchene Garden is named. Other former Palmer family holdings now open to the public include the Myakka River State Park and an expansion of Oscar Scherer State Park. After her death, Bertha Palmer gave the land to her sons Potter Jr. and Honore, who continued developing the property as a ranch.
Hugh Culverhouse, founder of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, bought 12,000 acres (4,900 ha) of the remaining land in 1972. Palmer Ranch was established in December 1984 as a Development of Regional Impact (DRI) under Section 380.06 of the Florida Statutes.
- "Master Development Order - Resolution No. 84-418" (PDF). Sarasota County Government. December 18, 1984. Retrieved April 1, 2018.
- "About - Palmer Ranch Master Association". Palmer Ranch Master Association. Retrieved April 1, 2018.
- "Community Facts for 34238". US Census Bureau. Retrieved April 24, 2018.
- "2013-2017 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates". US Census Bureau. Retrieved June 13, 2019.
- Russell, John J.; Spencer, Thomas S. (2005). Gardens Across America, East of the Mississippi: The American Horticultural Society's Guide to American Public Gardens and Arboreta. Taylor Trade Publishing. pp. 60–61. ISBN 9781461733669 – via Google Books.
- Bertha Palmer in Sarasota History
- NYTimes Myakka Park travel story
- Timeline of Myakka River from Sarasota Herald-Tribune
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