Sarasota boasts some of the oldest and newest homes in the area. Some homes were built over 50 years ago as winter vacation cottages. Others are new, gated bay-front estates with manicured grounds, marble foyers, soaring ceilings, the newest fixtures and technological advances, and spectacular views. Residents from any neighborhood can enjoy the wide range of activities available throughout Sarasota. Whether your taste in art leans more toward circus posters, Rubens and Poussin, seashell creations, sand sculptures or the new art of the Ringling School of Art, Sarasota has it all.
If you prefer theater, there is the annual French Film Festival, the Asolo Theatre Company, Florida Studio Theatre, Island Players, Lemon Bay Playhouse, or Theatre Works, for a start. If you want to add music to your diet, you could begin with the Florida West Coast Symphony, Key Chorale, Gloria Musicae, the Jazz Club of Sarasota, Sarasota Ballet of Florida, Sarasota Blues Society, Sarasota Opera Association, or the Sarasota Concert Band.
Educational opportunity abounds in Sarasota County, including some of the nation's most unique and effective public and private school programs. The Sarasota County School District is a pioneer in incorporating leading-edge technology and distance learning into the classroom. There are over 10,000 instructional computers with an average ratio of 3 students per workstation. All schools have Internet access and closed circuit TV through the County's Instructional Television System. And the finest, most complete planetarium of its size in all of Florida's schools is housed within a local high school.
For recreational enthusiasts, it's no surprise that water sports top the list. Sailing, skiing, snorkeling, swimming, wind surfing, canoeing, kayaking and all types of fishing are available. On land, Sarasota offers spectacular golf courses, some of the world's finest tennis facilities, exciting nature trails, bicycle paths and picnic areas.
One of the most popular vacation trends these days is eco-tourism and Sarasota's unspoiled beauty makes it a natural. Discover pristine beaches and safari tours, state parks and wildlife preserves, bird sanctuaries and jungle gardens. There are dozens of family-oriented attractions in Sarasota, as well as romantic little hideaways. And the area is filled with fabulous restaurants and shopping options.
Sarasota, together with its neighbors to the North and South, Manatee County and Charlotte County, form the 7th-largest market in Florida. It is also Florida's third-fastest growing major market. With over 600,000 people, the Sarasota/Manatee/Charlotte area is one of the largest, most affluent markets in Florida. In the last five years, it has grown four times faster than the national average. The per capita retail sales are almost 20% above the national average.
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