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The SKM Experience

By: Kandace P.

The Siesta Key Marina experience is your one-stop-shop for food, fun and family time on the water. The marina’s features include: boat rentals, sunset cruises and adventure trips aboard Fun Boat Tours; private, customized fishing charters with SiestaKation; and the brand-new tiki hut at Spear Fish Grille. We caught up with Sarasota residents Wally and Joanne Goulet while enjoying lunch inside Spear Fish. “A friend told me it was fabulous with fresh fish, a great atmosphere, but hard to find.” Co-owner Maurice Dentici says Siesta Key Marina is a local secret spot, and adds you must know Sarasota in order to find 1265 Old Stickney Point Road.

The marina has been serving boaters and fishermen since 1961. We will be highlighting ways you can enjoy the Siesta Key Marina Experience and get to know the locals involved with its evolution, each month here in the Siesta Sands publication.

This month we take a deep dive into Spear Fish Grille, with the fresh catch, craft brews and fun atmosphere. According to Chef James Wofford, the people are what make this place so special. “All of this is run by local Sarasota business owners, we know our local captains, the families that come here boating, it’s all about being really close and knowing one another, knowing the food we serve is the freshest catch,  and the best the Gulf has to offer.”

James started cooking with his Grandmother when he was 3 and says her inspiration is still alive today in the unique menu he’s constantly changing. “You won’t find our specials on any other menu. The focus is on local Gulf fish with a southern flare, eastern twist and Polynesian touch.”

The Gulf Gate residents we spoke with loved the middle grounds fresh tacos with hogfish and the ahi tuna sammy. “It was outstanding. We haven’t had fish this fresh since we lived in Guam and would get the fish off the boat ourselves” says Wally Goutlet. His wife, Joanne, agreed. “It’s a very casual atmosphere. I feel like I left reality and we aren’t anywhere close to home enjoying this kind of meal, almost like we’re on vacation. You usually have to go to a fancy establishment to enjoy the lunch we just ate.” Wally says they will definitely be regulars. “It’s so good that we don’t want others to find out about it, but we do want this place to succeed at the same time” Joanne says as she laughs.

We will shift our focus from food to fun in next month’s edition. In the meantime, you can check out Siesta Key Marina, Fun Boat Tours, SiestaKation and Spear Fish Grille online and on Instagram, Facebook, Yelp and Trip Advisor.