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Welcome to Sarasota, Florida

Here you will find many 'visitor requested links to information about Sarasota, Florida. Whether you are planning to visit us or are already one of our neighbors, please feel free to look around. We hope these links will provide you with useful information to increase your knowledge and enjoyment of our area. We recommend your first stop be at the Sarasota Florida's Cultural Coast website. They are the Official Travel & Tourism Site of the Sarasota Convention & Visitors Bureau.
Below is an introduction to the Sarasota area followed by a brief history from their website.

Introduction to Sarasota

Rolling white-sand beaches and sparkling azure waters combine with a sophistication and charm to make Sarasota the gem of Florida's Gulf Coast. The endless array of activities and the exhilarating mixture of attractions, restaurants, shopping, and accommodations are a sure fit for any traveler.

Relax at a four-star resort or a quaint sea-side inn, explore master works of art, catch a round of golf, stroll through world-class shopping, canoe through unspoiled waterways lined with mangrove, dine on a bay front cruise, or just dig your feet in the sand and bask in the glow of an evening Gulf sunset, whatever your pleasure.

A brief History of Sarasota

Sarasota first became a modern town in the 1880s when the town was promoted in Scotland by the Florida Mortgage and Investment Company in 1885. It was a breath of fresh air, promising an abundance of fertile land, plentiful citrus groves, and affordable housing. Scottish families looking for a new start boarded steamer ships and set sail for Sarasota. Unfortunately, upon their arrival, the town was little more than a frontier camp. Needless to say, most of them left. But among the hardy souls who stayed to complete their dream was John Hamilton Gillespie, a Scottish aristocrat, lawyer, and member of the Queen's Bodyguard for Scotland. It was this man who is believed to have built America's first golf course, right here in Sarasota. Quite an entrepreneur, Mr. Gillespie also built the upscale DeSoto Hotel on Main Street for tourists and prospective investors. For his efforts, he was later elected as Sarasota's first mayor in 1902.

A Paradise for the Pampered as early as the 1910s, Sarasota began attracting some of America's most wealthy, who, with their own style, helped to define the county of Sarasota. Today's Historic Spanish Point was once the posh waterfront winter estate and gardens of Bertha Palmer, widow of Chicago developer Potter Palmer. That's not all what is now Myakka River State Park was once Palmer's 30,000 acre ranch in eastern Sarasota, called Meadowsweet Pastures.

Most Requested Sarasota & Florida Links    

SARASOTA LOCAL EVENTS
SARASOTA HIGHLAND GAMES AND CELTIC FESTIVAL
SUNCOAST OFFSHORE GRAND PRIX
WWSB Suncoast Scene
SELBY GALLERY ART EXHIBITIONS
THE CROWLEY MUSEUM AND NATURE CENTER

§ Florida Attractions §
Disney World
Busch Gardens
St Augustine
NASA
Medievil Times
Universal Studios
Florida Keys

Gator Land
Sea World
Sarasota Jungle gardens
§ Travel / Vacation Guide Information §
Sarasota/Bradenton Airport
Florida Travel Magazine

Travel Destinations
and Information
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Florida USA
Florida Guide
§ Real Estate §
Sarasota Real Estate
Florida Real Estate
Toronto Real Estate Listings Sarasota Property Search


§ News / Magazines §
WWSB Channel 7 Florida Magazine
Sarasota Magazine

Sarasota Herald-Tribune
§ Education / Learning §
Sarasota Public Schools
New College of USF
Ringling School
of Art Design

Argosy
University/Sarasota


University of
South Florida
§ Hospitals §
Sarasota Memorial Hospital Bon Secours - Venice Hospital
Englewood Community Hospital

Sarasota Doctors Hospital
§ Community Libraries §
Sarasota County
Public Libraries

Selby Library
Gulf Gate Library
Venice Library
North Port Library

Elsie Quirk Library
F.T.B. Jacaranda Library
§ Sarasota County / City Links §
Sarasota County
City of Sarasota
City of North Port
City of Venice
Sarasota Co. Property Appraiser

City of Englewood
Sarasota Attractions
§ State of Florida §
MyFlorida.com
Florida Dept. of
Environmental Protection

Florida Department of Education
Florida Statutes
FL Government Info Locator
Florida Assoc. of Counties
Florida Department of State
Florida Vital Statistics
Joshua (Florida Court System)
Online Sunshine
Florida State Parks
Department of Veteran's Affairs
Exec. Offices of The Governor
FL Supreme Court Opinions
FL Dept. of Banking & Finance
State & Local Gov
on the Net


§ Sarasota Neighborhood Association Websites §
Arlington Park Neighborhood Assoc.
Bird Key
Golden Gate Point Assoc.
Indian Beach-Sapphire Shores Assoc.
Laurel Park Neighborhood Assoc.
Towles Court

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§ Sarasota Fine Arts §
Van Wezel Performing
Arts Hall


Asolo Center for Performing Arts

Ringling Museum of Art

Sarasota Arts Council

Sarasota Ballet

Sarasota Film Society

Sarasota Opera House

§ Sarasota Dinning §
Dine Out Today

Captain Curts Crab and Oyster Bar

Sarasota Restaurants

4 Sarasota Restaurant Review

Sarasota Downtown Restaurants & Map

Yoders Amish Restaurant

Michael's on East

Dine Sarasota

Troyer's Dutch Heritage


§ Nature & Outdoors §
Mote Marine

Marie Selby Botonical Gardens

Pelican Man Bird Sanctuary

Myakka State Park

Crowley Museum and Nature Center

Florida State Parks
List of Events

§ Fishing & Water §
Sarasota Florida Fishing

Dolphin Dive and Kayak Center

Catch the Spirit Sport Fishing

Sarasota Sailing Charters

Sarasota Bay Explorers

Jung Charters

Sarasota Bay Fishing

Saltwater light-tackle Sport Fishing

Southwest Florida Boating and Fishing Guide

§ Sports & Health §
Sarasota Family YMCA

Sarasota County Golf Courses

Golf Course Guide & Locator Map

Pinebrook Ironwood Golf Club

Smugglers Golf.

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