Learn More About Sarasota, Florida
Learn More About Sarasota:
Sarasota is a midsize city in Sarasota County on Florida’s southwestern coast. The city is located in the southern end of the Tampa Bay area just north of Fort Meyers and has a population of just over 53,300.
The town’s official slogan is “where urban amenities meet small town living” and this very aptly described the appeal of Sarasota. There’s everything here you could want without having to leave the city. And yet, there is still a very strong sense of community which the residents take pride in.
Sarasota has a humid subtropical climate which closely borders a tropical savannah climate featuring hot humid summers and warm dry winters. The average high in the winter is 70° and in the summer it commonly reaches in the high 80s and low 90s.
Unless you absolutely hate nature and the sunny outdoors, one of Sarasota is major draws is its proximity to the Sarasota Cays, a group of small islands just off the coast. The cays feature some of the softest white sand and clear blue water you will find anywhere. This is a paradise for anyone who likes to enjoy the sun, swim, or do some boating.
Culturally, Sarasota has a lot to offer for lovers of the fine arts. The Sarasota Orchestra, which for years was known as the Florida West Coast symphony, is famous for its three weeks Sarasota music festival which attracts performers, teachers and students from all around the world. Altogether Sarasota has more than a dozen cultural performance centres and organizations such as the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, the Sarasota Film Society, Sarasota Opera House, and the Sarasota Ballet just to name a few
One of the city’s true gems is the Mary Selby Botanical Gardens which is a 15 acre natural wonder that features beautiful plants and natural wildlife. Here you’ll find a children’s rainforest garden with a waterfall and a koi pond.
It was widely viewed that Sarasota was the epicentre of the 2008 housing crash. Perhaps no area of the country was hit harder than this one. However, nearly 10 years later, the housing market has rebounded fully.
Schools in Sarasota are administered by the School Board of Sarasota County. The district is made up of nine high schools, nine middle schools, 24 elementary schools, six special schools, 11 charter schools, and two alternative schools. The district has consistently scored above national averages in both college testing programs and on scholastic aptitude tests.
Amongst the highest rated schools in Sarasota are: Tatum Ridge Elementary School, Ashton Elementary School, Suncoast Polytechnic High School, and the Sarasota school of Arts/Sciences
Sarasota’s best of both worlds appeal is one of the strongest drawing points. It has fully modern amenities, access to beaches and water, and a strong sense of community. This is why it has received several community designations this decade including 100 Best Communities for Young People in 2011, Top 10 Best Places to Retire in the US in 2012, and the Number One Arts Destination Among Cities With Populations of 1000 or Smaller in 2012.