In 2014, the Sarasota Bay Estuary Program, in partnership with the City of Sarasota, created a living shoreline along Bayfront Park in downtown Sarasota. The project featured 150 feet of native plants within three tidal zones (lower, middle and high) intended to stabilize sediments and provide intertidal habitat. The project was designed to showcase the natural beauty and benefits of these alternatives to more traditional hardened (sea walls) shorelines. An interactive sign provided the many bayfront strollers with information on the benefits of living shorelines and a link to the SBEP website to learn more about these alternatives to hardened shorelines and how to go about considering one for themselves. The project was funded by the Southwest Florida Water Management District and constructed by Stantec .