Our beautiful county beaches may be closed temporarily, but you can still take comfort in a Sarasota sunset—broadcast live Tuesday and Friday evenings on the Sarasota County Play Facebook page—thanks to Sarasota County government’s Access Sarasota television and communications team.
Each livestream starts 10 to 15 minutes before sunset—which this week is around 7:50 p.m.—and will last for those golden minutes for five to 10 minutes after.
In just two weeks, the three sunset videos already produced at Siesta Beach, Lido Beach and the Celery Fields have had 14,000 views either live or in archived form and have reached more than 30,000 people, says Seth Marcantel, Access Sarasota television supervisor. “We know everybody wants to get out and see the sunset for themselves,” says Marcantel, “so we’re doing our part to bring it to people.”
This Tuesday and Friday, Marcantel plans to livestream at least once from either Caspersen Beach or Brohard Beach in Venice.
Comments have been overwhelmingly positive. “My sanctuary; this is such a gift right now,” wrote one viewer. “Almost like being there in person, except for the sand in between your toes,” wrote another.
The Access Sarasota team is also offering story times from public libraries on Mondays and Thursdays, and nature walks on Wednesdays with staff from Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources. This Wednesday will feature a snake expert.
“These are all efforts to connect people with our area’s natural beauty and the county services, like Libraries and Parks services, we know they’re missing during this time,” says Marcantel.