Local Government

County Sarasota Chamber of Commerce: (941) 955.8187

County Site: www.scgov.net

Library: www.suncat.co.sarasota.fl.us

School System: www.sarasotacountyschools.net

Manatee Chamber of Commerce: (941) 955.8187

County Site www.mymanatee.org

Library www.mymanatee.org/library/master.html

School www.manatee.k12.fl.us

State Better Business Council: (941) 748.1325

Boat Registration: (941) 951.5600

DMV: (941) 741.4801

Fishing/Hunting License: (941) 362.9898

Marine Patrol: (941) 954.7017

Marriage License and Records: (941) 362.4066

Tax Deeds: (941) 362.4066

Vehicle Registration: (941) 741.4800

Voter Registration: (941) 951.5307

Zoning: (941) 749.3070

Emergency Services

Animal Control: (941) 861.9500

Coast Guard: (800) 232.0154

Crisis Center Helpline: (941) 741.3117

Emergency Management: (941) 861.5300

Fire Operations: (941) 861.5470

Police department: (941) 366.8000

Wildlife Rescue Service: (941) 750.9453"

Hospital and Health

All Children’s Specialty Care: (941) 917.8805

Blake Medical Center: (941) 792.6611

Bon Secours.Venice Hospital: (941) 485.7711

Doctors Hospital of Sarasota: (941) 342.1100

Elder Helpline: (941) 742.5818

Englewood Community Hospital: (941) 475.6571

Health Department: (941) 748.0747

Lakewood Ranch Medical Center: (941) 782.2100

Manatee County Medical Center: (941) 755.3411
Manatee Memorial Hospital: (941) 746.5111

Sarasota County Health Department: (941) 861.2837

Sarasota Memorial Hospital: (941) 917.9000

VA Clinic – Ellenton: (941) 721.0649


Sarasota Bradenton International Airport: (941) 359.2777

SCAT: (941) 861.5000


Florida Power and Light: (941) 379.1424

Manatee County Utilities: (941) 792.8811U.S.

Post Office: 800.275.8777

Local Media

News ChannelsABC7 www.mysuncoast.com (941) 552.0777

SNN News 6 (941) 361.4000

Tampa Bay www.abcactionnews.com

WEDU (941) 363.9338

Blab Television Network (941) 371.2522

Sarasota Area Stats

Estimated population in July 2006: 52,942 (+0.4% change)

Males: 25,627 (48.6%)
Females: 27,088 (51.4%)

Sarasota County

Median Resident Age: 41.1Years
Florida Median Age: 38.7 years

Estimated 2005 Median Household Income in Sarasota: $36,100
Estimated 2005 Median Household Income in Florida: $42,433

Estimated 2005 Median House/Condo Value in Sarasota: $185,100
Estimated 2005 Median House/Condo Value in Florida: $189,500

Population Trends & Projections: Sarasota County, 2002-2015

2015: 394,697
2010: 371,702
2009: 367,241
2008: 362,807
2007: 358,362
2006: 353,901
2005: 349,400
2004: 344,834
2003: 340,178
2002: 335,485

Population Composition By Race, Sarasota County, 2000:

White 301,985 92.64%
African American 13,621 4.18%
Native American 717 .22%
Asian 2,522 .77%
Other Pacific Islander 92 0.03%
Some Other Race 3,708 1.14%
Two or More Races 3,312 1.02%
Hispanic or Latino (of any race) 14,142 4.30%528,803 population, 161,800 households (Sarasota County)
681,197 population, 270,000 households (Sarasota and Manatee Counties)
681,197 population, 270,000 households (Sarasota and Manatee Counties)
176 New Residents Per Week (
Source: University of Florida 2001 Population Study February 2000)

Asolo Center for Performing Arts

From the origins of our name to the stages on which we have performed, the "Asolo" story is rich in history both in our community and abroad. For those of us who have played a part in the story, it is familiar. For others, it is newly discovered. But for all of us, it is a treasure.

The word Asolo originated in Asolo, Italy with a lovely 18th century theatre acquired by the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art for its collection more than 50 years ago. In this little jewel of a theatre, a fledgling acting company founded by faculty of Florida State University (FSU) began performing a summer series of plays under the name of the Asolo Theatre Festival and later as the Asolo Theatre Company.


Circus Sarasota

Pedro Reis and Dolly Jacobs have combined their expertise and passion for the circus by creating Circus Sarasota. Their mission is to provide a circus that represents the circus arts at the highest level and that is linked to the community through performance, education and integrated arts programming. They have helped bring the magic of circus to more than 200,000 people.

Their goals include creating a permanent, professional circus school where students will be encouraged to achieve professionalism and excellence in the circus arts while embracing all performing arts.


Farmer’s Market

The Downtown Sarasota Farmers' Market has been a downtown mainstay for more than 30 years. The year-round, Saturday morning market is a potpourri of fresh produce, food, flowers and plants, fine artisanship, friends and fun. It has become a community happening - a gathering place for people to bring families, friends and even dogs to peruse the displays of garden-fresh produce and unique craft products.

The beautiful Downtown setting, combined with smells of fresh coffee and baked goods, and the live performances of entertainers make for an exceptional Saturday morning experience. Meet your neighbors over coffee; enjoy a market breakfast with friends; introduce your dog to others in the area; purchase fresh produce for that special meal; find a special gift - it's all at the Downtown Sarasota Farmers' market.


Florida Gulf Coast Railroad Museum

The Museum offers one of the most unique museum experiences in the world. Here you "Ride the Exhibits!" The Museum operates weekend excursions year-round from the Train Station in Parrish, Florida. Special weekend events are scheduled throughout the year featuring themed train rides. The caboose is available to charter for small, private parties or you may charter the entire train for large family or corporate events.


Sarasota Orchestra

It all began in the fall of 1948 when Ruth Cotton Butler, a Sarasota music teacher, imagined how satisfying it would be to have an orchestra in her own community. She enlisted the support of businessmen Dr. W.D. Sugg and J. Lorton Francis of Bradenton; and George Gibbs, an amateur musician from Venice. Their combined tenacity produced the debut concert of the Florida West Coast Symphony on March 12, 1949.


Marie Selby Botanical Gardens

Marie Selby was born Mariah Minshall in Wood County, West Virginia, on August 9, 1885. When Marie was still a young girl, the Minshall family moved to Marietta, Ohio where her father studied geology at Marietta College and invented parts for oil drilling equipment. The Minshall family frequently went on camping and hiking trips along the Ohio River; perhaps it was this early introduction to nature that spawned in Marie her love of the out-of-doors.


Warm Mineral Springs

Visitors come from around the world to take a dip in this constant 87-degree Fahrenheit spring. Dig into a little of the springs’ prehistoric past while you’re there through exhibits tracing archaeological research.

(941) 426.1692

Mote Marine Laboratory

Mote Marine Laboratory is also one of the world’s few remaining private marine research laboratories and, as a nonprofit organization, is funded through federal, state and local grants and through the generosity of individual donors and foundations. Over the last five decades, the world has learned many things about its oceans. One lesson has remained constant: There is still much to discover.

Mote scientists are committed to that process of discovery: Advancing our understanding of the sea and what is needed to sustain it.


Myakka River State Park

Myakka River State Park is one of Florida's oldest and largest state parks. The "Florida Wild and Scenic Myakka River" flows through 57 square miles of wetlands, prairies and woodlands. Myakka is popular for hiking, fishing, camping, and wildlife observation.


Ringling Museum of Art

In 1911, John Ringling and his wife, Mable purchased 20 acres of waterfront property in Sarasota, Florida. Today, that investment welcomes visitors from around the globe with fine art, historic mansion, two circus museums and a jewel-box of a theater.


Sailor Circus

Sailor Circus now in it’s sixth decade of operation has grown from a small high school gymnastics class in 1949 to the present spectacular 4 ring youth circus production known world wide as the Greatest "Little" Show on Earth. Students from the 4th through 12th grades in Sarasota and surrounding counties have an opportunity to experience the performing arts in a circus atmosphere. Our dedicated students practice 20 - 30 hours a week and are trained by volunteer coaches who are retired circus performers, sailor circus alumni and enthusiastic parents.

More than 200 volunteers donating over 25,000 hours of their time each season to PAL Sailor Circus demonstrates strong community involvement.


Sarasota Ballet of Florida

The Sarasota Ballet is a collaboration of many individuals working together to bring high quality artistic performances to the community. The following pages are an introduction to the artistic and administrative staff of the Sarasota Ballet. Meet Director Iain Webb and learn more about the history of the company. See if any employment opportunities are available and learn more about what has become the "crown jewel" of Sarasota's vibrant classical arts scene.


Sarasota Film Festival

In July 1998, international and independent film enthusiasts founded the Sarasota Film Festival, Inc. (SFF). They sought to create a balanced festival of foreign and domestic film complemented by the participation of the film and entertainment industry.


Sarasota Jungle Gardens

Sarasota Jungle Gardens is one of the oldest continuously operating attractions in the State of Florida. Open to the public in December of 1940, the “Gardens” has retained its old Florida charm and very little has changed over the past sixty-eight years. A visit to the Gardens will bring back the memories of Florida days gone by. The area’s only ZOOlogical Gardens!


South Florida Museum and Bishop Planetarium

The museum’s exhibits cover our local heritage from the Indians to De Soto to the Crackers who settled the region; the planetarium offers laser-lightshows and stargazing.

(941) 746.4131

The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art

For a quiet afternoon of cultural appreciation, visit the historic Ringling Museum, and view the sculpture garden, art and heritage that created the cultural foundation of our area. The Ringling’s brought much more than the circus to Sarasota -- they engendered a sense of appreciation for the arts, and the philosophy of preservation for paintings, sculpture, architecture, performance and much more. Also, enjoy the opportunity to explore The Gallery of the Circus and the CadZan, the expansive Ringling mansion.

(941) 351-5100

Movie Theaters

AMC Sarasota East: (941) 924.1383

Burns Court Cinema: (941) 955.3546

Cobb Parkway 8: (941) 360.6741

Frank Theaters: (941) 408.0011

Regal Hollywood 20: (941) 954.5768

SunStar Theaters: (941) 379.4660


Blackburn Point Marina & Yacht Sales (941) 966.3735

Boathouse On Longboat (941) 383.7778

Boca Del Rio Marina (941) 792.9610

Bowless Creek Marina (941) 753.5040

Bradenton Beach Marina (941) 778.2288

Bradenton Pier & Yacht Basin (941) 747.8300

Buccaneer Inn Restaurant & Marina (941) 383.5565

Cannons Marina (941) 383.1311

Captain's Marina (941) 778.1977

Caretaker Yacht Sales (941) 792.9100

Casey Key Marina (941) 966.1730

Chemar (941) 362.7887

City Yacht Basin (941) 747.8300

Cortez Fishing Center (941) 795.7796

Cove Sound Moorings (941) 795.4852

Cut's Edge Harbor Marina (941) 729.4878

Galati Perico Harbor Marina (941) 795.2628

Great American Marine (941) 365.1770

Gulfwind Marine (941) 388.4411

Hix Marine Service (941) 758.4471

Holiday Inn (941) 355.2781

Holmes Beach Marina (941) 778.2255

Landing Marina (941) 922.0668

Longboat Key Moorings (941) 383.8383

Marina at the Landings (941) 922.6100

Marina Jack (941) 955.9488

Midnight Pass Marina (941) 349.9449

Osprey Marine Center (941) 966.5657

Palm View Marina (941) 729.8384

Phillippi Shores Marina (941) 924.6864

Regatta Pointe Marina (941) 729.6021

Sarasota Mobile Marine (941) 954.1603

Siesta Key Marina (941) 349.8880

Southpointe Marina (941) 924.9693

Stump Pass Marina (941) 697.3600

Tropic Isles Marina (941) 729.8128

Yacht Center (941) 365.1787