Tourism

Tourist Tax Collections Down Again

Tourist Development Tax collections were down by 5.9 percent last November when compared to November 2017, according to new numbers.

01/17/2019 By Staff

Hospitality

Anna Maria Island Resort Looking to Hire

Waterline Marina Resort & Beach Club is hosting a job fair for full- and part-time positions on Tuesday, Jan. 29.

01/15/2019 By Staff

Tourism

Tourist Development Tax Collections Down

Collections were down by 12 percent in October when compared to October 2017, a drop-off likely due to red tide.

12/26/2018 By Staff

Tourism

Florida Airports High in On-Time Holiday Travel Ranking

Southwest Florida International Airport in Fort Myers was ranked No. 3 in the nation and Tampa International Airport was ranked No. 4.

12/14/2018 By Staff

Hospitality

New Downtown Hotel Opens

The new Embassy Suites By Hilton houses 180 units, including two-room and studio suites.

12/14/2018 By Staff

Hospitality

Stylish New Rosemary District Hotel Opens

The Sarasota Modern, the new Rosemary District hotel designed as a tribute to the Sarasota School of Architecture, opens for business this week.

12/11/2018 By Staff

Tourism

Despite Red Tide, Tourist Tax Collections Up in Most Recent Fiscal Year

Collections increased almost every month of the most recent fiscal year, but declined by 19.8 percent in August and by 32.2 percent in September.

11/16/2018 By Staff

Sand Sport

Siesta Key Crystal Classic Brings Friendly Competition to a Childhood Pastime

The 2018 Siesta Key Crystal Classic International Sand Sculpting Festival is less "fun in the sun" and more "blood, sweat and tears."

11/08/2018 By Giulia Heyward

Deals

Sarasota County and Mote Agree to Terms for Land for New Aquarium

The deal will allow Mote Marine Laboratory to move forward with plans to build its new Science Education Aquarium on 11.5 acres at Nathan Benderson Park.

10/25/2018 By Staff

Limelight

Women's Sports Museum Gala

The third annual gala honored five trailblazers in women's sports and awarded two scholarships to young female athletes.

10/22/2018 Photography by Lori Sax

Hospitality

New Rosemary District Hotel Looking to Hire

The Sarasota Modern, a new hotel set to open in December, is holding a job fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 22, and Tuesday, Oct. 23.

10/18/2018 By Staff

Tourism

Selby Gardens Releases More Details of Long-Term Property Overhaul

Depending on fundraising, zoning and permitting, Selby aims to break ground on the first phase of the project in late 2019.

10/15/2018 By Staff

Deals

New Hotel Planned for 12.5-Acre Palmetto Parcel

California's BACC Hotel, LLC recently purchased land adjacent to the Bradenton Area Convention Center for the hotel for $5.3 million.

10/04/2018 By Staff

Tourism

Selby Gardens Names New Vice President

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens recently hired Lynn Hobeck Bates as its new vice president of external relations.

09/20/2018 By Staff

Tourism

Report Puts Powerboat Race Economic Impact at $21.9 Million

That's down from last year's event, which generated $36.2 million in economic impact.

09/10/2018 By Staff

Retail

'Shoptember' Retail Promotion Returns

The promotion is intended to encourage retail business during a typically slow month, slower than usual this year because of red tide.

09/05/2018 By Staff

Sports

Atlanta Braves Announce Date of First Game in New Spring Training Facility

The Atlanta Braves will play their first spring training game in their new North Port stadium on Sunday, March 24, 2019.

08/30/2018 By Staff

Hospitality

New Downtown Hotel in the Works

L. Ronald Gray is working with Hoyt Architects, Gilbane Building Company and the design firm Cooper Carry to build Hotel Laurent.

08/28/2018 By Staff

Nonprofits

Attorney Joins Women's Sports Museum Board

Attorney Katharine Vestal was recently elected to the board of directors of the nonprofit working to build a Women's Sports Museum in Sarasota.

08/09/2018 By Staff

Media

Networks to Air Footage From Sarasota Powerboat Grand Prix

This week, Fox Sports and CBS Sports are beginning to broadcast footage from this year's Sarasota Powerboat Grand Prix.

07/17/2018 By Staff