Welcome to Rosemary District Association

Our vision is to become Sarasota's complete live/work/play neighborhood — celebrating creativity, innovation and the arts while respecting and preserving the area's cultural heritage.

Working together, we can make it happen.

Learn more — here.

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You Did It !!!

Rosemary District presented a check for $120,000 to the City of Sarasota to purchase the land and efforts to develop it into a park have begun.


Rosemary District

The Historic Marker near the corner of Central Avenue and Boulevard of the Arts (formerly 6th Street) marks the heart of Rosemary District. Established in the 1880s, the area called Overtown was a thriving live/work/play African-American community.

Today, it is a growing, thriving and diverse live/work/play community.

Learn more about Rosemary District — past and present.


Get Involved

RDA is a unique organization comprised of neighborhood residents, business owners, non-profit agencies and property owners working together to achieve our common vision. We welcome your participation, whether it's subscribing to our newsletter, becoming a member, volunteering for a committee or project, or running for the Board of Directors.

Find your place — here.


News & Events

Save the Dates
July 21 & August 18
Tentative Community Meeting dates

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In-Person Meetings may resume soon
with the option to attend remotely 


As we all practice "social distancing," RDA will communicate via email and Facebook. Feel free to use the envelope "button" at the top right corner of this page to Contact Us.

Read the monthly RDA Newsletter — here — for more news about events in Rosemary District and local government actions affecting our community.

View photos of past events — here.