'Living seawall' helps bring new marine life to Sarasota Bay

Paid for with funds from BP oil spill

SARASOTA, Fla. — The waterfront in downtown Sarasota is getting a new look. Crews just constructed a “living seawall” near O’Leary’s bar and grill.

“This has been put in front of a regular seawall to make the wave reflection less and to give a home for marine life,” said creator Todd Barber.

Barber used natural rocks to create the habitat. He said marine life has already started calling the wall home.

"We’ve seen fish arrive. Baby and adult fish, birds, manatees all enjoying the seawall,” said Barber.

The wall will help stop erosion, but it could help future red tide.  

“It’ll be a home for sea squirts, oysters, scallops, things that are actively eating the red tide out of the water,” said Barber.

The City of Sarasota paid for the wall with BP oil spill funds.

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