Standoff takes shape on Selby expansion plans – Sarasotans rally to protect trees and residential neighborhoods.

With a hearing in front of the city’s Planning Board tentatively set for next month, supporters and opponents of Marie Selby Botanical Gardens’ proposed renovations are staking out arguments regarding the project. Residents remain critical of the scope of commercialization proposed, as they have been since Selby's leaders first made the plan public. They dispute the notion Selby has been responsive to public feedback and say the organization is misrepresenting the nature of the project.