Transportation

Free Siesta Key Trolley Service Starts Today, March 20

Sarasota County's new open-air circulator trolley, Siesta Key Breeze, will begin operations today, Monday, March 20.

03/16/2017 By staff

Tourism

Half Marathon Returns Sunday

The First Watch Sarasota Half Marathon returns Sunday, March 19, for the 12th year. Last year's race drew 3,000 participants and added almost $3.5 million to the Sarasota economy.

03/16/2017 By staff

Honors

Sarasota Restaurant Picks Up 28th Straight Award From AAA

Sarasota's Michael’s on East was recently awarded its 28th consecutive Four Diamond Rating by AAA.

03/13/2017 By staff

Tourism

Busiest Spring Break Travel Date This Saturday

American tourists' top spring break travel date is this Saturday, according to a review of booked trips published last week by Allianz Global Assistance.

03/09/2017 By staff

Tourism

New Company Offers Fitness, Food in Exotic Destinations

Sarasota's Loren Ann Mayo recently founded a new company, luxeFIT, that offers weeklong luxury fitness retreats to exotic destinations.

03/07/2017 By staff

Transportation

Free Open-Air Trolley Coming to Siesta Key

Sarasota County Area Transit recently contracted with the private company Ride Right Transit to operate an open-air transit vehicle on Siesta Key.

03/01/2017 By staff

Sports

Brewery to Offer Growlers at Baseball Stadium

Darwin Brewing Co. is launching a new partnership with LECOM Park, the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Bradenton Marauders.

02/23/2017 By staff

Data

Florida Tourism Hits New High

Florida set a new record for tourist visitation in 2016, according to new numbers announced by Florida Gov. Rick Scott on Thursday.

02/16/2017 By staff

Data

Sports Tourism Numbers Way Up in 2016

The Sarasota County Sports Commission hosted 135 events in 2016, a 20 percent increase over 2015, and generated an economic impact of $178.6 million, a 23 percent increase.

02/14/2017 By staff

Tourism

Whiskey Festival Now America's Largest

Sarasota's fifth annual Whiskey Obsession festival, scheduled to take place March 29-April 1, will make the event the "largest world whiskey festival" in the United States.

02/14/2017 By staff

Sports

Bradenton Ballpark Gets New Name

The Pittsburgh Pirates and the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine announced on Friday that the Pirates' Bradenton spring training and minor league ballpark will be renamed from McKechnie Field to LECOM Park.

02/13/2017 By staff

Entertainment

Film Festival Unveils Promotional Artwork

The Sarasota Film Festival on Thursday released new promotional artwork for the 2017 festival, which takes place March 31-April 9.

02/10/2017 By staff

Sports

Atlanta Braves Reps to Discuss Spring Training Relocation Tuesday

Representatives from Major League Baseball's Atlanta Braves will attend the next Sarasota County Commission meeting to "publicly introduce themselves and express their desire to relocate spring training operations to Sarasota County."

01/23/2017 By staff

Health Care

Sports Commission, Health Care System Forge New Partnership

Visit Sarasota County earlier this month announced a new partnership between the organization's Sarasota County Sports Commission and the Sarasota Memorial Health Care System.

01/19/2017 By staff

Marketing

Tourism Agency Unveils New Branding

Elements include a new logo and images and videos intended to convey the feeling that Sarasota County is a place where visitors can feel “at ease.”

01/18/2017 By staff

Tourism

Winning Rowing Mascot Name Announced

After a public vote, organizers behind the 2017 World Rowing Championships announced Wednesday the winner in its contest to name the event's pelican mascot: Scully.

01/18/2017 By staff

Sports

Baseball Team in Negotiations to Bring Spring Training to South Sarasota County

The Atlanta Braves are currently in exclusive negotiations with Sarasota County to possibly bring its new spring training complex to south Sarasota County.

01/17/2017 By staff

Tourism

Selby Gardens Picks Landscape Design Firm to Develop Master Site Plan

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens recently selected the landscape design studio Olin to develop a master site plan and establish different uses for the gardens' 15-acre property for the next 25 to 30 years.

01/13/2017 By staff

Tourism

Visit Sarasota to Unveil New Ad Campaign

Visit Sarasota County, the county's tourism promotion agency, will unveil its new advertising campaign, shaped by new market research.

01/13/2017 By staff

Tourism

Rowing Mascot Name Contest Enters Final Round

The contest to name the pelican mascot of the 2017 World Rowing Championships concludes Sunday.

01/10/2017 By staff