The Sarasota County Centennial Steering Committee has created a bookmark reflecting facts, photos, and symbols celebrating the county’s history. More than 4,000 bookmarks were delivered to 37 local schools encouraging students to learn more about the county. Additional bookmarks were distributed to the Venice Library and Museum.
The double-sided bookmark shows a map detailing Sarasota County’s location in the state of Florida along with historical photographs and newspaper headlines celebrating the county’s formation in 1921. Also included are the Centennial Celebration logo and a special logo developed by Don Bayley, the Steering Committee’s director of communications, with his son David. The logo depicts a roadway to the future that passes by the area’s iconic palm trees on the right. It pays tribute to the Good Roads movement, a major player in Sarasota breaking away from Manatee County 100 years ago. The left side of the bookmark showcases the John Ringling Causeway Bridge passing over Sarasota Bay with the city skyline in the distance.