Sarasota Tourism

Creative Traffic Solutions for Downtown and Siesta Key

City and county leaders are on the verge of hailing new, creative efforts to reduce traffic congestion in downtown Sarasota and on Siesta Key. The plan would involve consolidating one of the bus routes on the key now, stretching south along Beach and Midnight Pass roads from the village area to Turtle Beach and back.

Boutique resort opens at Siesta gateway - Siesta Key Palms Hotel

Henry Rodriguez has taken motel more than a half-century old at the gateway to Siesta Key and spun it into a luxury, boutique resort. The Elephant Ear Suites at 1800 Stickney Point Road, just east of the bridge to Siesta Key, has gotten a complete facelift since Rodriguez bought the 21-unit property for about $2 million this spring.

New Hotel Planned for Rosemary District

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A Boston developer plans to build a boutique hotel in the city's Rosemary District, joining a throng of new projects targeting the hospitality industry.

The 76-room hotel, called The Sarasota Modern, is planned on about one acre at the southwest corner of Boulevard of the Arts and Cocoanut Avenue, just east of U.S. 41.

The five-story building would include a 151-seat restaurant, outdoor pool, juice bar and gym and spa, according to plans recently filed with the [...]

Florida Breaking Tourism Record in 2015

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The Sunshine State welcomed an estimated 79.1 million visitors during the first nine months of 2015, the most of any such period in Florida's history.

The nine-month count was a 5.5 percent increase when compared with the same period in 2014.

The third quarter of this year saw an estimated 25.5 million visitors, an increase of 6.8 percent, [...]