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Downtown Sarasota

Found 18 blog entries about Downtown Sarasota.

No matter where you are in Florida and up the east coast of the United States, chances are pretty good that you'll see some level of weather from Hurricane Dorian.

Below is a link for the Sarasota County Hurricane Preparedness website, which contains information about closures, sandbag distribution and more. Each county may have different protocol in place, so please check your county Emergency Services website for more information.

Please stay safe through this holiday weekend and into next week.

CLICK HERE FOR SARASOTA COUNTY HURRICANE PREPAREDNESS INFORMATION

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Sarasota once again took a spot in U.S. News & World Report's 125 Best Places to Live in the USA, coming in at No. 18. Sarasota also ranked No. 1 in Best Places to Live in Florida and No. 3 Best Places to Retire. 

This is no surprise to those of us who live here. Sarasota has elements of what many consider paradise. Warm temperatures year-round, award-winning beaches and a thriving arts and cultural scene have made Sarasota a go-to place for retirees and families, not to mention a handful of celebrities. The area continues to attract new residents with great restaurants and plenty of shopping options. 

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Sarasota makes the grade once again as U.S. News & World Report names the city #3 in its list of Best Places to Retire. Sarasota also ranks #34 in U.S. News' Best Places to Live. 

U.S. News analyzed 125 metro areas in the United States to find the best places to live based on quality of life and the job market in each metro area, as well as the value of living there and people's desire to live there. Sarasota's beautiful weather, award-winning beaches and amazing arts and cultural scene are some of the reasons noted that make the area a popular destination for retirees and families. For those of us who live here, that's no big surprise.

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The tide is high but we're holding on... The canal is up over the seawall cap today. Even though we may not feel the worst direct effects from Hurricane Michael, we're very aware that the storm is looming nearby! The ducks don't seem to mind...

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Florida's Southwest coast has been in the news lately due to the recent red tide bloom, and it's been cause for great concern for both residents and tourists. 

Red tide has been occurring in this area and other areas across the globe for hundreds of years and generally lasts for just a few weeks. But this particular round of red tide, caused by higher-than-normal concentration of a microscopic alga named Karenia brevis, has been more severe and has lasted much longer than usual.

Governor Rick Scott has declared a state of emergency for seven counties most affected by the red tide - Sarasota, Charlotte, Manatee, Collier, Hillsborough, Lee, and Pinellas. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has sent teams of biologists and

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National Relaxation Day is observed annually on August 15th.  It is time to slow down, unwind and relax!

National Relaxation Day is an important day as we all need a break from the fast-paced and often hectic lifestyles we live. Taking time to recuperate and rejuvenate our tired minds and bodies may help prevent many health risks.  Like the founder of this day suggested, too much work can make us sick, run down, tired and that’s just wrong.  

But he was right! It has been proven that stress can be harmful to our health, both mentally and physically.  Most doctors will agree that finding ways to relax and finding ways to reduce stress will improve overall health.

What is your favorite relaxation activity?

  • Reading a book
  • Fishing with a
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Red tide continues to affect our coastal areas, killing hundreds of fish and causing respiratory irritation for many individuals. 

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission posts regular updates for areas affected by red tide. Click here for more info.

The FFWCC also has a FAQ page that addresses everything from why red tide occurs to swimming safety to eating seafood in an area affected by red tide. Click here for answers regarding red tide.

Hopefully this red tide bloom will not last long so we can enjoy our local beaches and fish and wildlife can flourish!

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"May we think of freedom not as the right to do as we please, but as the opportunity to do what is right." -Peter Marshall

There is plenty to do in Sarasota and the surrounding areas to celebrate Independence Day! If you need some ideas, check out these 4th of July Events at Escape-to-Sarasota.com. 

Wishing you a very happy and safe 4th of July!

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Sarasota has been selected a top retirement destination by Where to Retire, a magazine geared toward helping people with retirement relocation decisions.

Sarasota is profiled in a feature titled “8 Cities for Downtown Living” in the July/August 2018 issue, available on newsstands June 12.

According to Annette Fuller, Editor of Where to Retire Magazine, many retirees like to carve out a niche for themselves in a larger city’s lively, walkable downtown.

“Retirees often look for locales that provide easy access to dining, shopping and entertainment, and downtown districts often afford these and more within a confined area,” Fuller said.

Sarasota's downtown amenities such as art galleries, theater, ballet and orchestra are a prime

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The National Weather Service is monitoring a system in Caribbean that is expected to move into the Gulf of Mexico. Forecasters say there is only a small chance it could develop into a tropical depression. Locally heavy rain is expected across the state regardless of whether the system strengthens. So keep those umbrellas handy!

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