How to Sound Like a Local: A Sarasota Pronunciation Guide
Once you learn how to pronounce the names of these eight well-known local places, you can teach longtime residents how to do it, too.
Spanish for bay view, this street south of downtown Sarasota is pronounced BAY-a-vis-ta.
Officially opened in 1928, this highway, also known as U.S. 41, connected Tampa and Miami. Say TAM-ee-AM-ee.
Back in the early 1900s, smart Chicago socialite Bertha Honore Palmer once owned a quarter of what is now Sarasota County. A north-south road is named in her honor—and is pronounced AHH-nor-ay.
Asolo Repertory Theatre
It’s pronounced like the city Oslo (two syllables only) in Norway.
Even we got this one wrong in a previous version of this story. This longtime home of the Sarasota County Fair is named after funeral director W.T. Robarts—pronounced Rob-erts, like Julia Roberts. No more ROW-barts, everyone!
Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Don’t you dare say “weasel.” Our iconic art hall on the bay, which opened in 1969, was named after philanthropists Lewis and Eugenia Van Wezel, pronounced WAY-zel.
It’s a body of water and a popular restaurant. Be a local and accent the first syllable like this: FILL-i-pee.
It’s not Bradington, everyone. ’Nuff said.