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In a recent article, Forbes Magazine contributor Jennifer Kester explains why Sarasota is such a great travel destination (and place to live!). From our beautiful beaches to local shops and restaurants to amazing arts and cultural offerings, the list of the things that make Sarasota so great is extensive…

Come stay at the The Ritz Carlton and visit

Ringling Circus Museum

The Cà d’Zan

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens

Golf at  the Ritz's Tom Fazio-designed Golf Club or one of the many other great courses

And eat at any of the hundreds of wonderful restaurants Sarasota has to offer

 Read the full article in the 2016 Forbes Travel Guide Section of the Forbes website. 

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Take a virtual tour of the best of all worlds – a rare, spectacular North Siesta Key Gulf-front estate-sized parcel. Build your custom estate and create a special island lifestyle. This lot offers 240 feet of Gulf-front living with panoramic water views on this 2.52-acre building site (88,540 square feet). Savor sunsets in a most coveted location surrounded by other multi-million-dollar estates. There is a concrete seawall with rock revetment with access to the sand and azure Gulf waters for swimming, fishing, kayaking, paddle boarding and dolphin watching. At night, you’ll enjoy sparkling views to the north of downtown Sarasota, Lido Key and Bird Key. It is close to world-famous, powdery white sands of Siesta

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International rowers have been arriving in Sarasota-Manatee as organizers work to finish preparations for the World Rowing Championships. Delays occurred because of Hurricane Irma, but the event is on schedule to begin Saturday, September 23 with an Olympic-style Opening Ceremony at Nathan Benderson Park. Competition begins Sunday, September 24, and the event runs through October 1. Thousands of spectators are expected at the event to watch 1,700 athletes from more than 60 countries. Aside from the races themselves, the 2017 World Rowing Championships will be a celebration of the sport itself.

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We are thankful that Hurricane Irma has passed, and I hope you and your loved ones are safe in the aftermath of the storm. Sarasota has dodged another one of Mother Nature’s bullets – can the ancient legends be correct? As we clean up and move forward, our thoughts and prayers are with those whose lives have been impacted by the two most recent hurricanes. It's heartwarming to see communities come together and offer support to one another during these challenging times. 

If you are looking for a way to help, donations can be made to a charities such as The American Red Cross and The Salvation Army.

You may be wondering how the storm will impact real estate in our area. The West Coast of Florida’s beautiful beaches, culture, warm weather and easy

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In the midst of Hurricane Irma, the significance of Monday, September 11 was almost washed away. It was difficult to focus on anything but the storm that was right in front of us. But being evacuated, power outages and concern for our homes and loved ones did not change the fact that 9/11 deserved appropriate recognition. So today we remember the events of that day, the shocking loss we endured and the way this tragedy pulled us together as a nation. In times of great crisis, the American spirit always seems to prevail…

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Local rowing coach Dragos Alexandru at the Finish Tower of Nathan Benderson Park.

Canadian National Team members in January 2008 row in a shell that belonged to the Sarasota Scullers Youth Rowing.

Dragos Alexandru saw potential for a park owned by Sarasota County. His vision and persistence eventually evolved into Nathan Benderson Park where the World Rowing Championships will soon be held. Alexandru, a local rowing coach and former Olympic athlete, created momentum behind the idea for the world-class rowing venue and it eventually came to fruition. Such an amazing reminder that if one has a dream, anything is possible…

 To read more about the inspiring story of Dragos Alexandru, check out this article in the Sarasota Herald-Tribune written by Business Editor Terry Galvin.

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It survived a flood and now the close passage of a hurricane. The World Rowing Championships is still happening just 9 days from now.

A statement on 9/13/2017 from the local organizing committee on Hurricane Irma said:

“First and foremost, we would like to thank the Sarasota County Emergency Management Department and all of the local and state officials for their preparation, communication, and mobilization efforts in keeping the community safe. The Local Organizing Committee is determining appropriate resources to support not only the event but also the local community.

The Sarasota/Bradenton area did not come under the direct impact of the hurricane as predicted thus, luckily, damage is limited. Tampa and Sarasota airports are operational,

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In an article in the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, writer Anna Scott explores a local legend that has been told for years. The legend claims that Sarasota is protected from hurricanes because of the American Indians who once lived here.

 According to Scott, the story goes something like this:

 Sarasota is protected from hurricanes because the American Indians who once lived here knew it was a safe place, which is why they decided to live here.

 Or, the American Indians who once lived here blessed this place and made it safe from hurricanes.

 Or, the ancient American Indian burial grounds scattered throughout the county are keeping the storms at bay.

 There is also the legend of Sara De Sota, which can be read here.

 

 Sara De Sota

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Siesta Key Beach Club

The Beach Club on Siesta Key has seen it all since it first opened as The J and K Beach Club in 1947. It has maintained its reputation as an icon of Siesta Key Village. On September 2nd The Beach Club celebrated its 70th anniversary with a full day of festivities.

In 1946 the original building was constructed at 5151 Ocean Blvd. The club remains at the same address today, but what was once a cozy one-room watering hole with a few tables now boasts three bars, 20 TVs and a 400-square-foot dance floor. It still remains a great place to grab a drink and listen to live music.

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