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Tag: Sarasota History

Van Wezel, Asolo opening acts were in January

By Paul Roat January has historically been a month of grand openings for Sarasota. Two of the area’s premiere performing arts venues opened to the public just after the first of the year. On Jan. 5, 1970, the Van Wezel Read More

Midnight Pass: lessons learned after 30 years

By Paul Roat Sarasotans have had a long-term love affair of damaging nature. We’ve scraped, scoured, cleared, filled, circumvented, and paved Mother Nature to the point that she can barely pick herself off the ground without help — and while Read More

November notable events on Siesta Key

By Paul Roat November appears to be an anniversary month for Siesta Key. From what passes for city government celebrates it's 65th anniversary this month. Two restaurants have their “birthdays” this month, and there is also a solemn anniversary of Read More

Bill Whitaker takes a wife, names a pass

By Paul Roat Bill Whitaker embarked on a great adventure throughout his life. Much of his Tom Sawyer-esque experiences took place in Sarasota as the eventual town’s first white settler. He first made ends meet through the bounty of the Read More

Bill Schustik – An American Troubadour

By Diana Colson A remarkable artist lives here in Sarasota: a creative historian, musician, and folklorist with a passion for America’s past. Bill Schustik is his name, and he has been on a lifetime adventure performing all over the world Read More

Big Pass & New Pass Shoals Eyed for Beach Renourishment

  By Paul Roat An ambitious 50-year project to renourish sand to the beaches of Lido Key is on its way to have preliminary plans presented to the public, hopefully by October or November. The project is estimated at an Read More