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The Sarasota Lifestyle

Sarasota offers many amenities to its residents.  With a population of about 434,000, Sarasota is large enough to afford a vibrant arts and cultural scene, abundant choices in restaurants, numerous parks and recreational areas, and - of course - miles of award-winning beaches, while avoiding the drawbacks that are often associated with densely populated urban cities.  


 Those interested in the arts can select from touring Broadway shows, professional and community theater productions, and comedy and performing art venues.  Sarasota hosts critically acclaimed ballet and opera companies, a well-regarded symphony, and numerous film, fine art, and arts and craft festivals.  There are frequent music concerts and festivals, and live performances at local restaurants and pubs, covering a wide array of musical styles.  Additionally, a number of museums, art galleries and botanical gardens call Sarasota home. 


Restaurant options range from fine dining at sophisticated establishments, to more casual eateries, to sports bars and breweries, to open air outdoor spots, and include several farm-to-table options.  Menu choices can include “caught today” seafood and fish, as well other dishes deliciously suited to every taste, including a number of international cuisines, and traditional favorites.  For culinary treats at home, grocery options include up-scale national chains offering many organic options, regional grocers who source many products locally, well known full-service grocery stores, local and specialty stores, and farmer’s markets. 

Retail therapy is available to shoppers in Sarasota.  Shops offer everything from luxury apparel to practical necessities.  Persons can pursue open-air shopping by strolling between the stores located in the historic shopping district, find that special gift by patronizing any of the specialty shops run by local entrepreneurs throughout the area, or go on a spree by visiting one of the local shopping centers.  Big box store shopping is also available in the area.  Additionally, delivery services for on-line or local shopping are widely available.  

In additional to relaxing at the beach and swimming in the beautiful blue waters of the Gulf, outdoor activities in Sarasota include private and public golf courses, boating, fishing, kayaking, paddle boarding, biking, hiking, and birding, to name just a few.  Sarasota boasts a number of nature preserves, state and city parks 

just a few.  Sarasota boasts a number of nature preserves, state and city parks (which host well-regarded regattas and other organized events), and recreational areas, where Sarasota’s exotic, native wildlife and migratory species can often be spotted.  In some areas, there are maintained off-road trails dedicated to bikers, joggers and walkers.  Wellness buffs can also patronize one of the many health clubs and gyms, or get pampered at one of the several local spas.  Sports enthusiasts can enjoy baseball’s spring training at the local sport arenas.  

Health care options abound.  Sarasota has several hospitals, including a highly rated facility in downtown Sarasota.  Urgent care clinics appear throughout the region, and numerous physician practices and health clinics attend to wellness, routine and specialty care. 


A number of schools in Sarasota’s public-school system rank highly among their peers in Florida.  In fact, the Sarasota school district has received an “A” grade rating from the Florida Department of Education for 17 consecutive years, and is ranked third best in the state.  There are many opportunities for participation in sports, social and enrichment activities.  At the collegiate level, there are several colleges and universities in the Sarasota area.  Also, adult education opportunities are offered on a wide variety of topics, including both in-person and on-line programs. 


While many consider Florida to be a lovely destination for retirees, and indeed Sarasota has been recognized on several occasions as one of the best places to retire, Sarasota’s population of persons aged 65 and up stands at about 37%.  For those in the work force, Sarasota’s highways include easy access to the interstate system, spacious highways with “smart” technology to facilitate traffic control and alerts, and navigable city roads, resulting in an average commute time of about 20 minutes.  And for those travelling by air, the Sarasota airport is conveniently located and easy to navigate to board a domestic or international flight.


With all that it has to offer, it’s no wonder Sarasota is well recognized as an exceptional place to live, work, play and enjoy.  Sarasota will welcome you home.

SRQ Phone Number

Sarasota:   Important Local Information

  Fire (non-emergency)   941-951-4211
   Sheriff (non-emergency)   941-316-1201
  Sheriff (trespassers)   941-316-1201
  Poison Information Center  800-282-3171


  Sarasota Memorial   941-917-9000
  HCA Doctors Hospital   941-342-1100
  Venice Hospital    941-483-7421

Animal Control/Alligator Complaints:  

   Animal Services:          941-861-9501
  Alligator Complaints: 401-965-2190

Cable services:

   Frontier Communications 800-921-8101
  Comcast     800-266-2278

Electrical service:
  Florida Power & Light Company  800-554-4375
  Customer service   941-917-0708
  Customer service (outside Fl) 800-226-3545
  Report power outages   800-468-8243

Water & Sewer services:
  Sarasota County 941-378-6100
  General information   941-861-7237
  Billing questions   941-861-6790
  Water restrictions   941-861-6790

Waste Management services:
  Trash Collection   941-924-1254
  Recycling    941-924-1254
  Disposal Instructions  941-493-4100
  To Schedule a Pickup   941-493-4100

  Herald Tribune  941-365-6060

Postal Service:
  Questions            800-275-8777
  Gulf Gate Branch  941-922-2339

Public Libraries:
  Gulf Gate Library   941-861-1230
  Fruitville Library   941-861-2500
  North Sarasota Library   941-861-1360
  Selby Public Library   941-861-1100

  Sarasota-Bradenton   941-359-5227
  St. Pete - Clearwater 727-453-7800
  Tampa International   800-767-8882

Sarasota County Government:
  General information   941-861-5000
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Voter Information:
  Registration    941-861-8600
  Questions    941-861-8600

Tax Collector's Office:
  Property Appraiser   941-861-8200
  Homestead Exemption   941-861-8200
  Property Taxes    941-861-8300

  Vehicle Tags/Plates/Decals  941-861-8300
  Drivers license information  941-361-6217
  Vessel Titles/Registration  941-861-8300
  Hunting and Fishing   941-861-8300
  Disabled Parking Permits  941-861-8300

   School Board    941-927-9000
  Ashton Elementary   941-361-6440
  Lakeview Elementary   941-361-6571
  Sarasota Middle    941-361-6464
  Riverview High    941-923-1484
  Pineview    941-486-2001
  Cardinal Mooney    941-371-4917
  Sarasota Suncoast Academy 941-924-4242
  Out-Of-Door Academy 941-554-3400

Chamber of Commerce:
  General Sarasota area   941-955-8187

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