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Life Beyond The Beach

Siesta Key Beach

Siesta Key Beach

It was wonderful to read that tourism has skyrocketed in the weeks since Siesta Beach was crowned America’s best seashore. It couldn’t have come at a more accommodating time for our region’s recovering economy. The short-term impact has already rippled far beyond Siesta Key’s powdery white beaches, with the long-term economic benefits expected to be huge.

If you’re visiting for the first time, welcome to an area we affectionately call “paradise.” If you’re like most of us who’ve discovered Sarasota, you came for the beaches; but will end up staying for other key amenities—including top-rated schools and universities, medical facilities, recreational opportunities, cultural institutions and more.

Beyond our nationally-recognized beaches, here are a few of the other official accolades that have come our way over the past few years:

• Money Magazine, CNBC and Portfolio.com each awarded Sarasota-Manatee their top designation as “Best Place to Retire.”
• Money Magazine named Sarasota-Manatee the “Best Place to Retire Young.”
• Money Magazine calls Sarasota-Manatee one of the “Best Places to Live and Launch a Business.”
• AARP ranks Sarasota-Manatee tops among “Best Places to Re-invent Yourself.”

• Money Magazine dubs Sarasota the “ultimate beach town” for its 35 miles of pristine shoreline, more than 200 days of annual sunshine and its average year-round temperature of 71.
• American Style magazine ranks Sarasota 5th in the nation—and 1st in Florida—among the “Top 25 Small Cities for the Arts.” Bradenton is ranked 10th.
• Musical America pronounces the newly-refurbished Sarasota Opera House as “one of America’s finest venues for opera.”
• TimeOut London, calls the Ringling International Arts Festival—an annual collaboration between The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art and New York’s Baryshnikov Arts Center—a program that would rival anything in New York or London.
• National Resources Defense Council ranks Sarasota fourth among small “Smarter Cities” for its quality of air, water and environmental standards; including its programs involving recycling, green building and preserving green spaces.
• The Princeton Review and USA Today rank New College of Florida the #2 “Best Value College in America.”
• Imagine FX, a U.K. digital arts publication, selects Ringling College of Art and Design as the #1 “Digital Arts College in the World.”
• U.S. News recognizes Sarasota’s Pine View School for, at once, being the highest-rated elementary, middle and public high school in Florida; and the 14th best in the U.S.
• Golf Digest calls The Concession Golf Club—in eastern Manatee County—the “Best New Private Course in American;” and perhaps the finest 18 holes of golf in Florida. LINKS Magazine calls it one of their Top 10 choices to host a future U.S. Open Championship.
• Healthgrades, the leading independent health ratings company, names Sarasota Memorial Healthcare System to its elite list of “America’s 50 Best Hospitals”
and ranks it among the top 5% of hospitals for women’s health.

If Sarasota-Manatee strikes you as exactly the sort of place you’ve been wanting to live, work, retire, start a family, start a business or re-invent yourself, here are two more recent accolades that might help sway your decision:

• CNN/Money Magazine and U.S. News recently called Sarasota-Manatee one of America’s most undervalued real estate markets.
• The Today Show’s resident real estate expert, Barbara Corcoran, ranks Sarasota tops on her list of the “Best Place in the U.S. to Buy a Home Right Now.”

  • User Gravatar Garage Doors Florida
    July 2nd, 2011

    It sounds like my wife and I are going to have to take a little getaway down to Siesta Key! Better make it a long weekend, with everything going on down there!

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