Sarasota County

Sarasota County is located in Central West Florida south of Tampa Bay bordering the Gulf of Mexico and Charlotte, DeSoto, and Manatee Counties. 

Sarasota County was established in 1921 from a portion of Manatee county. The exact meaning of the name is unknown and may be of Indian origin. Early versions of the name include "Sarasote," "Sarazota," "Sara Zota," and "Zarazote."

 

 

Sarasota County Florida Image Map
Population - 2000
325,961
Population - 2010
379,448
Population - 2015 Est
392,090
Land Area (sq mi)
556
Water Area (sq mi)
169
Total Area (sq mi)
725
Average Rainfall
57
Temperature - Average High
81
Temperature - Average Low
61

Official Listings

Sarasota School District is home to 52 schools with a combined total of 42,600 students. It is one of only 10 school districts ranked “A” in Florida. Another notable feat is that the district has been recognized for outstanding arts education by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the National School Boards Association.

Asolo Repertory Theatre is a professional theatre in Sarasota. It puts on up to 16 productions every year, giving both artists and audiences a place to call home.

The Braille and Talking Book Library is a library dedicated to providing reading materials to blind and visually impaired residents. Its headquarters is located in Daytona and it has nine subregional locations in Coca, Ft. Myers, Ft. Lauderdale, Jacksonville, Clearwater, Miami, Orlando, Pensacola, and Lake Worth to serve residents throughout the state.

East West College of Natural Medicine is a college in Sarasota, Florida. It has programs in oriental medicine and massage therapy.

Florida Studio Theatre is Sarasota's leading center of performing arts. It incorporates a campus of ten individual theatres that each bring the arts to the community.

The Lemon Bay Playhouse is a community theater in Englewood. It has been aiming to enrich the community through performing arts since 1987.

New College opened it's doors in 1960 as a small liberal arts college in Sarasota. New College remains a small college with over 800 students offering a personal and collaborative learning environment. 

Pinnacle Academy is a private, non-denominational school, specializing in the education of children with autism and related behavioral disorders. Our goal is to provide children and families with a unique, supportive setting-a place to call “home”.

May 13, 2017

Location: Sarasota County Fairgrounds, Sarasota Florida

See live animals from around the world featuring reptiles and exotics, live seminars and demonstrations and vendors. 

Ringling College of Art and Design is a Sarasota based art school. It is named for circus magnate, John Ringling and focuses on fostering creativity for students studying in many different fields of art and design.

The Sarasota County Library System has 9 branches, 2 in Venice; 4 in Sarasota; and one each in Osprey, North Port, and Englewood.

April 13-22, 2018

The Sarasota Film Festival (SFF) is recognized as a world-class platform for thought-provoking films from some of the best known and emerging independent voices. Named one of the Top 25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World by Moviemaker Magazine, the Sarasota Film Festival celebrates international artists, storytellers while enriching Sarasota's cultural landscape.

June 8-24, 2017

Location: Holley Hall at the Beatrice Friedman Symphony Center in Sarasota, Florida

This 2 weeks event is a magical combination of youthful promise and acclaimed talent and is known as one of the finest classical music events in the nation. 

 

December 2-3, 2017

Location: Siesta Key

2nd annual festival featuring a unique blend of seafood creations and delicious drinks prepared by the top restaurants in Siesta Key and Sarasota. Live entertainment, crafts and more. 

June 10-11, 2017

Location: Sarasota, Florida

St. Armands Key lies just off the coast of Sarasota and for 2 days, features a unique craft festival with works from the best talent of crafters around the state. 

May 20-21, 2017

Location: St. Armands Circle Park in Sarasota, Florida

Inaugural seafood festival in Sarasota featuring delectable seafood dishes prepared by local Sarasota restaurants. Enjoy the entertainment from a mixture of musical genres, crafts and more from local vendors. 

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Christian Home School organization serving home school families located primarily in Sarasota and Manatee Counties in Southwest Florida. Currently, Learning and Families (LAF) provides: Co-op classes for grades K – 12, small groups for all school aged children, an annual curriculum fair, parent meetings, a high school prom, a yearbook, and a Senior Graduation ceremony, field trip opportunities and so much more.  Joining LAF also provides discounts when joining FPEA and HSLDA.