Part A---General Information
Laurel is on the West Coast of Florida, 12 miles south of Sarasota, and three
miles north of Venice. It is near the Gulf of Mexico. The elevation is
about 12 feet.
U. S. Highway 41 passes through Laurel. The Seaboard Air Line Railroad pro-
vides rail service. Bus service is provided by Tamiami Trailways. ,r
service is not available.
Sarasota County had a population of 19,202 in 1945. The population of
Laurel was approximately 500.
(From observations at Sarasota, Florida.)
5. Mnjor Sources of Income:
Tourist trade, agriculture, citrus,
sources of income.
and commercial fishing are the main
Part B---Recreation and Entertainment
1. Special Events:
International Tarpon Tournament, usually held from May 15 to August 31.
2. Athletic Events:
3. Tourist Clubs:
4. Recreational Clubs:
5. Civic Organizations:
6. Fraternal Organizations:
7. Organized Entertainment:
8. Recreational Facilities:
Quail and dove are found in this section. It is about five miles to unposted 0
hunting areas. Hunting lodges and hunting guides are not available.
Salt water mullet, redfish, trout, sheepshead, snapper, pompano,'and king
fish are caught in the Gulf of Mexico. Fishing camps are not available.
Charter fishing boats are operated by Captain L. B. Roberts, Captain S. S.
Blackburn, Captain Ike Roberts and Captain Herbert Blackburn. Average price
is from $25 to $35 per day, Boats will accommodate three or four persons.
A guide goes with each boat.
2. Tourist Courts:
3. Guest Homes:
4. Trailer Parks:
Shennandoah Trailer Park on U. S. 41, 23 spaces, electrical and water con-
nections, store and filling station, rates.750 per day, $2 per week.
Target Trailer Park, U. S. 41, 15 spaces, gas, eating facilities, and a
place to dance.
5. Specialized Eating Places:
Further information on Laurel can be obtained from:
CHAMBER OF COMMERCE