Posts Tagged ‘Things to do in Sarasota’


The Concession Golf Club

September 14, 2009

The Concession Golf club was just ranked in the top 100 courses in Golf Magazine’s 2009 Course Rankings. Other accolades include ranking among Golf Digest’s 75 Best Practice Areas and ranking in the top 10 Residential Golf Courses in the U.S. by Golf Week.

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Sarasota Baseball

July 18, 2009

Major League Base Ball Spring Training has been a Sarasota tradition since 1924.  Our town has hosted  many of base balls best teams.  With the Cincinnati Reds heading further south, Sarasota has been in talks with the Baltimore Orioles. Sarasota has been seeking to rebuild Ed Smith Stadium lure the Orioles.   The state of Florida has recently agreed to provide a $7.5 million grant to be used to help pay to rebuild Ed Smith Stadium. The new stadium which is expected to cost $31 million.  The following is a brief history of Base Ball in Sarasota.

  • 1912 The Sarasota Baseball Team was organized to “furnish amusement during the summer months and also to advertise the town by having a good baseball team.” The team’s colors were blue-grey trimmed with red. 
  • 1923 Payne Park, the original stadium for the city of Sarasota, was built on a portion of 60 acres of land donated by Calvin Payne and his wife, Martha. 
  • 1924 – 1927 The New York Giants held spring training in Sarasota. John Ringling is credited with scoring the Giants for Sarasota.
  • 1933 – 1958 The Boston Red Sox called Payne Park their spring training home (with a four-year hiatus during World War II).
  • 1959 The Los Angeles Dodgers used Sarasota’s spring training facilities for one year. 
  • 1960 – 1997 The Chicago White Sox called Sarasota their spring training home.
  • 1989 Ed Smith Stadium was built and named to honor the hard-working, multi-year president of the Sarasota Sports Committee – Ed Smith.
  • 1990 Payne Park was demolished in November 1990, after standing for 65 years. History of Sarasota’s Baseball Tradition 
  • 1998 – Present  In 1998, the Cincinnati Reds began their spring training and minor league operations at Ed Smith Stadium.
  • 2007 Payne Park reopens on Oct. 6, 2007.

Sarasota Boating

July 15, 2009

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Sarasota is a fantastic place to enjoy boating. Sarasota has 36 miles of beaches and numerous inlets and islands to explore. While there are many boat ramps and launch sites throughout the county, serious boaters will want a more permanent home for their vessel. Of course owning a home or condominium directly on the water is the most obvious choice but their are many alternatives including numerous marinas with dry storage, yacht clubs, leased or owned boat slips, dockuminiums or rackuminiums.

The most visible of these is Marina Jack’s which is located at the center of Sarasota’s downtown bay front.  This marina offers many amenities and a great location.  Prices for boat slips start at $14.50 per foot per month.  If you have a boat of at least 35 feet and are looking for resort amenities in addition to a boat slip you should consider the Longboat Key Club Moorings.  Boat slips are individually owned a the Moorings but leased slips are available for $20 per foot  per month.  Their is an additional charge of $100 per months that provide for full use of the amenities of the Longboat Key Club Resort.  Yacht Clubs such as the Bird Key Yacth Club and the Sarasota Yacht Club are another alternative which also feature resort amenities.  New additions to the boating scene in Sarasota are facilities like the Phillipi Harbor Club which offer dry storage in an enclosed building.  These rack spaces are called rackuminiums.  Prices start at $50,000.  

Here are just a few of the boating facilities here in Sarasota:

  • Marina Jack’s 941-955-9488
  • Siesta Key Marina 941-349-1970
  • Sarabay Marina 941-349-1970
  • Bird Key Yacht Club 941-955-2406
  • Phillipi Harbor Club 941-925-3214
  • Cannons Marina 941-383-1311
  • Longboat Key Club Moorings 941-383-8383
  • Midnight Pass Marina 941-349-9449
  • Sarasota Yacht Club 941-952-9451

Fourth of July

July 4, 2009

This weekend our family celebrated the fourth of July Holidays in the mountains of nort Georgia.  Those that celbrated the holiday here in Sarasota had many things to do and enjoy including the Suncoast Off Shore power boat races which are always a major part of the weekend festivities.  If you did not see the races you may want to check out the video highlights at:


Tortuga Siesta Key

June 3, 2009

Recently I had the pleasure of spending some time with past clients, Mr. & Mrs. Dabagian.  They purchased their beautiful penthouse at Tortuga condominiums on Siesta Key about 11 years ago.  They had much to say about their satisfaction with their island home and the Sarasota lifestyle.


Suncoast Off Shore Grand Prix

May 29, 2009

This year the Suncoast Super Boat Grand Prix Festival will celebrates its 25th anniversary. The races held in Sarasota’s one of the longest running race venues in the country. During the last the races and related events have raised over 14 million dollars for the benefit of the mentally and physically handicapped. Proceeds this year will benefit the Suncoast Foundation for the Handicapped. This year’s festival events will begin June 27 and run thru July 5th. For more information visit


Sarasota Yacht Club

April 30, 2009

The Sarasota Yacht Club is undergoing a dramatic transformation.  The original club which opened in 1951 has recently been demolished to make way for a new 27,000 sq foot state of the art facility which is expected to be complete by the end of this year.  Amenities will include a new resort style pool with an infinity edge overlooking the bay and shallow lounge areas and cabanas.  The new dinning area will seat 550.  Plans include upgraded boater amenities and a fitness center.  Although larger than the original building the new club will incorporate 15 % more green space and will incorporate the latest green building techniques.  The Sarasota Yacht club, founded n 1926 is one of the original 13 members of the Florida Council of Yacht Clubs.  Membership types include, seasonal summer, seasonal winter, social and full marina.

For more information visit the club’s website at