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Owen Burns

Posted By Lourdes Fernandez, Thursday, April 24, 2014

The important Floridian that I was assigned to, and I am dedicating this garden to is the late Owen Burns. Who was a well-known entrepreneur, banker, builder and developer during the 1900s era in Sarasota, Florida. He was originally from Chicago. He came to Sarasota for vacation, and he decided to make it his permanent home. His legacy still lives today making it a milestone for Florida’s history. He transformed the city of Sarasota by making the first improvements on paving roads, constructing seawalls, divided counties and continued to develop the city until his death. His hard work and dedication to the city of Sarasota is the foundation of the great city it is today. In the year 2001, the city of Sarasota commemorated Burns hard work and efforts to improving the city of Sarasota. The city of Sarasota has dedicated a memorial plaque in honor of his remembrance.

I was motivated to part-take in the Flor500 project created by Xavier Cortada because this project helped me give back to an important Floridian. I decided to plant my Florida Native Wildflower in Coral Gables, Florida. The area that I selected is a public historical area, which is always very populated, filled with Floridian landscapes architects. I selected this area in hopes of informing visitors of the dedication and contributions Owen Burns put forth in efforts to better his city and state by making this area a memorial remembrance to the late honorable Owen Burns. I was able to inform my helpers of the contribution Burns made for our state.  I addressed them to report all the findings to family and friends and share the historical site with them.

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