16 Facts About Sarasota


Sarasota is a city in Sarasota County on the southwestern coast of the U S state of Florida.

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The municipal government of Sarasota was established when it was incorporated as a town in 1902.

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Sarasota has a humid subtropical climate, with hot, humid summers, and warm, drier winters that closely borders a tropical climate.

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Sarasota later was designated as the county seat when Sarasota County was carved out of Manatee County in 1921 during the creation of several new counties.

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Sarasota's purchased the building and later sold it to Florida Studio Theatre.

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Sarasota is the home of the Sarasota Orchestra, which was founded by Ruth Cotton Butler in 1949 and known for years as the Florida West Coast Symphony.

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The Jazz Club of Sarasota is one of the largest and most active jazz clubs in the United States and has promoted jazz events in Sarasota for 39 years.

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Sarasota was home to the Flint School, a type of boating school.

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Sarasota is home to New College of Florida, a public liberal arts college and the honors college for the State University System of Florida.

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Sarasota is part of the Nielsen-designated Tampa-Saint Petersburg-Sarasota television market.

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Sarasota Herald-Tribune is the daily newspaper published in the city and the weekly newspaper is the Sarasota Observer.

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Sarasota is home to Ed Smith Stadium where the Baltimore Orioles have held spring training since 2010.

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Sarasota Sailing Squadron is a highly active facility that has hosted many nationally renowned regattas for both dinghies and larger vessels.

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In 2013, Sarasota became the home of the Sarasota Thunder, which was to play in the Ultimate Indoor Football League, but the team folded.

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Sarasota is home of the Whiskey Obsession Festival, the largest whiskey festival in Florida.

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Sarasota County has joined the Tampa Bay Area Regional Transportation Authority to plan and build future transportation infrastructure including light rail, commuter rail and longer range bus service.

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