What Makes Sarasota Special

New Whole Foods Opens January 31st1

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A rendering of the new store

Whole Foods Market’s University Station store will open at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 31, becoming the chain’s second Sarasota location. The 40,000-square-foot store will offer a selection of grab-and-go prepared foods, grocery items, a coffee bar, cold-pressed juice on tap, Amazon lockers for package pickups and returns and Brasserie Honoré, an in-house restaurant serving rotisserie meats and French dishes like steak frites, charcuterie, beer and wine. The store is located at 5298...

Siesta Key Beach Is Number 1 - Again!

Back in 2011 Stephen "Dr. Beach" Leatherman put Siesta Key Beach as Number 1 on his annual list of the world's top 10 beaches.  Since that time beach lovers have flocked to Sarasota; discovered the many riches of Sarasota life and moved to the area.  Tourism has skyrocketed, and Sarasota is certainly on many people's radar.


Last year, Siesta Key Beach was named the Number 2 beach in the world.  This marked a change in Leatherman's criteria of eliminating beaches previously named as Number 1 from his annual list which has been likened to the "Environmental Oscars" of beaches.


In an unprecedented move this year "Dr. Beach" has named Siesta Key Beach Number 1 for the second time!  In announcing his list Leatherman pointed out the $21 million dollar renovation to the beach pavillion, parking amenities, bus service and the "no smoking" policy.


Siesta Key Beach has also been named Number 1 by TripAdvisor in 2015 and 2017.  


"It is an honor for Siesta Beach to receive this recognition for a second time," said Virginia J. Haley, president of Visit Sarasota County, the community's tourism promotion agency.


Dr. Beach's favorite feature of Siesta Key Beach is the powdery white sand.  "It's almost like a sin to walk out there with your shoes on.  If you can't feel that cushy sand under your feet, you're missing a lot of the experience."