I lived Sarasota for three years and I don't like it.
There's a significant problem with police corruption for starters. Despite being part of the South geographically, almost everybody is a transplant from the Northeast: New York state, New Jersey, Massachusetts, etc. You kinda get the impression there are a lot of ex-cons and deinstitutionalized mental patients in Sarasota.
All I can say is, if you have decent money and are a good egg, come on down.
But please, treat everyone with respect, regardless of station.
(Just behind Main Street and over into Bradenton) I warn you because what this leads to, along with OUTRAGEOUSLY skyrocketing rental prices, is the local drug trade.
The prescription drug problem is rampant and is present, with varying degrees of visibility, in all parts of Sarasota and in all walks of life.
There is a film festival that comes around, bringing celebs.
A keen eye may spot Stephen King or Jerry Springer out and about.
The City of Sarasota parking department is too eager to get my money!
It can be avoided, if you have the means to stay in the "money" areas.
I would hesitate to raise an adolescent there though.
There is no State Statute stating that there is any penalty for not attaching the registration sticker.
There is a penalty for not renewing your registration, but that was not the case here.
The City of Sarasota parking department is too eager to get my money!It can be avoided, if you have the means to stay in the "money" areas.I would hesitate to raise an adolescent there though.There is no State Statute stating that there is any penalty for not attaching the registration sticker.There is a penalty for not renewing your registration, but that was not the case here.Some people in Sarasota can be quite antisocial, even hostile, and it's not unusual to be insulted by total strangers in public. Don't be surprised if some stranger makes a remark about your personal life 20 years ago. There's hardly anybody raised in the South, the Midwest, or anywhere else. Many of those guys are hostile and go around insulting strangers everywhere. About the only thing I like about Sarasota is the weather. I owned a home there (Gulf Gate neighborhood) from 2002 until 2011.