Sarasota County was created in 1921. After acquisition by the United States as a territory and once Florida obtained state status, the area now included in the county had been governed by Hillsborough County, then Manatee County as the state was divided into smaller and smaller governmental organization. Manatee County was carved up to allow the creation of three more counties as well.

Although the name was associated with the area from the beginning of European contacts the origin of the name, Sarasota, is unknown. It may be named for a word in the indigenous Calusa language, whose meaning may be Point of Rocks or Place of the Dance. Some believe a fanciful story created for a popular early twentieth-century pageant held in Sarasota, that it was named after the daughter of famous explorer Hernando de Soto's daughter Sara.

According to the Florida League of Cities FLC, the name first appeared in print as "Zarazote" on a 1763 land grant map.

#2 Ranked Beach in America

According to "Dr. Beach" Stephen Leatherman

Los Angeles Times
, Siesta Key Beach in Sarasota County is the #2 best beach in America. As “Dr. Beach,” Leatherman has selected the annual Top 10 Beaches since 1991. DrBeach.Org
Fifty criteria are used to evaluate the beaches, including water and sand quality, as well as facilities and environmental management, as part of the National Healthy Beaches Campaign. [3]

Every year on Valentine’s Day, over 500 couples gather on Siesta Key Beach in Sarasota – made up of 99 percent pure quartz sand – to renew their vows of marriage [4] in a beachside ceremony at sunset. The event is open to anyone who would like to attend.


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