Managing Director Announced to Oversee Master Plan of Sarasota’s 42-Acre City-Owned Bayfront

The Board of Directors of Sarasota Bayfront Planning Organization announced Nov. 21 William Waddill has been selected as Managing Director. After a selection process that spanned nearly six months, Waddill will lead the Master Plan development with design and planning firm Sasaki to re-imagine the 42-acre city-owned Bayfront.

The announcement was made at a publicly noticed meeting and marks another major milestone in SBPO’s role to ensure the delivery of a professionally prepared master plan for the City of Sarasota and its community that is fiscally feasible, operationally viable, and environmentally sustainable. Last month, SBPO announced internationally renowned Sasaki as the selected design and planning firm tasked with creating a comprehensive and phased master plan.

“After an extensive two-phased interview process, we believe Bill Waddill’s leadership and strategic vision will be key ingredients to reimagine the possibilities for our bayfront based on the vision and guiding principles adopted by the City of Sarasota,” said Cynthia McCague, board member for SBPO and retired Senior VP of Global Human Resources for The Coca-Cola Company. “We sought a talented local professional adept at building and managing productive teams, organizing effective outreach and collaborative efforts, and facilitating and implementing master plans. Bill’s experience as a certified planner and landscape architect with strong project management skills make him the perfect candidate for this position.”

Waddill previously served as Senior VP at Kimley-Horn and Associates and has 31 years of experience in transforming public spaces like the Bradenton Riverwalk, Perry Harvey Park in Tampa and Baker Park in Naples.

“When I decided earlier this year to retire from Kimley-Horn, I knew I wanted to find an opportunity that would allow me to use my experience in a way that could make a difference in our community; maybe even create a legacy for the future. I can’t imagine a better opportunity than The Bay. The SBPO selected a stellar design team in Sasaki, for whom I have a great deal of respect. I am enthusiastic about the opportunity to help our community to imagine the possibilities of this waterfront project.”

Waddill will begin his work as Managing Director on January 3, 2018.

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