By Trebor Britt
More than 400 romantic couples celebrated a renewal of their wedding vows at sunset on beautiful Siesta Key Beach, recognized numerous times as America’s number one beach. The nondenominational annual event is organized by Sarasota Parks, Recreation & Natural Resources Department. 12th Judicial Circuit Court Judge, Debra Johnes Riva led the ceremony as the sun set over the Gulf of Mexico. Siesta Beach Manager, Cindy Turner related several new features added this year. These included an incredible themed sand sculpture, created and designed by Sarasota resident and Master Sand Sculptor, Brian Wigelsworth. As well as a violinist and photo opportunities for couples to enjoy, sponsored by local wedding planners. This year’s gift bag contained a heart shaped candle, rose and a framable certificate. Nearly half to 3/4 of the couples have participated in the event before, which speaks loudly about the value and success of one of Sarasota’s most popular events.