Part A---General Information
Sarasota is on the West Coast of Florida, 54 miles south of Tampa and 35
miles south of Saint.Petersburg. It is on Sarasota Bay and the Gulf of
Local bus service: Sarasota has five buses used for local service.
Highways: U. S. Highway 41 and Florida Highways 72, 780 and 789 enter
Rail; Rail service is provided by Atlantic Coast Line Railroad and Seaboard
Air Line Railroad.
Intercity bus service: Tamiami Trailways provides intercity bus service.
Air lines: 'Air service .is provided by National Airlines.
Charter flight operators: J. & J. Aircraft and Gulf Airmotive operate charter
flight services from Sarasota-Bradenton Airport.
Passenger boat lines: None.
1948 Estimate 1945 Census 1940 Census
Total county 24,000 19,202 16,106
Total city 17,000 13,857 11,141
(Based on U. S. Weather Bureau records for a 16 year period.)
Normal Normal Normal Normal
Temperature Rainfall Temoerature Rainfall
January 61.5 2.54 July 80.1 .10.25
February 62.6 2.49 August 80.1 11.25
March 65.0 2.25 September 79.2 8.40
April 69.7 2.43 October 73.4 3.18
May 74.3 3.34 November 66.2 1.73
June 78.1 6.93 December 62.3 2.32
Annual 71.0 57.11
The origin and meaning of the name Sarasota are unknown. Sarasota as now
spelled appeared on the first complete map of Florida published by the
government in 1839. On maps published in 1768, 1774 and 1794, the location
appeared respectively as Porte Sarasota, Boca Sarazota, and Sara Zota. Span-
ish and Cuban fishermen maintained camps here for over a century before the
coming of Americans. William H. Whitaker, the first American settler arrived
December 14, 1842. Sarasota was incorporated October 20, 1902.
6. Maior Sources of Income
Since 1940 the population of Sarasota has increased more than 50%. Its in-
come is derived approximately as follows: 30% tourists, 30% agriculture and
40% miscellaneous. In 1947 it had postal receipts of $213,465; building
permits, $3,464,798; and real estate sales, $10,276,600.
6. Maior Sources of Income (Cont.)
Among the unusual industries are: The shell industry with classes in shell-
craft; lychee nut nursery and collection of tropical fruits and plants from
all over the world; furniture manufacturing from bamboo and palms.
Daily: Sarasota Herald-Tribune, circulation, 7,000.
8. Radio Stations
Station WSPB operates on a frequency of 1450 kilocycles, with power of 250
watts. It is a member'of CBS Network.
9. Private-Schools and Colleges
Ringling School of Art, 33rd Street, coeducational, college level.
McClellan Park School, 'cClellan Park, private, elementary.
Out-of-Door School, Siesta Key, day, boarding, tutoring, elementary.
The Prew School, 250 Morrill Street, private, elementary.
S.Tiny-Tot Nursery, 210 Laurel Street, private.
Part B---Recreation and Entertainment
1.. Special Events
"Pageant of Sara de Sota", reek of parades, sidewalk art shows, beauty con-
test, sailing regatta, golf tournaments, fashion shows, county fair, fire-
works, water show, coronation ball, street dances, lawn bowling tournaments,
usually begins about February 15.
"International Tarpon Tournament", May 15 through July 31. First prize,
1948 automobile; second prize, $500 U. S. Savings Bond for largest tarpon
Year around fishing tournaments sponsored by Sarasota Angler's Club.
2. Athletic Events
Boston Red Sox spring training, Payne Park, March April.
Boxing and wrestling matches weekly during winter season,
Sarasota High School football, basketball and baseball in season.
A. A. U. swimming meets, summer, outdoor.
3. Commercial Attractions
Sarasota Jungle Gardens, Ringling.Art Museum, Ringling Residence, Ringling
Circus Winter Quarters, Sarasota Reptile Farm end Zoo, Sarasota Kennel Club
greyhound races, Sarasota Lido Beach and Casino, Museum of the American Circus,
quarter.horse racing, Myakka State Park, yacht races and the "Yearling" sight-
seeing Boat with Bay and Gulf trips daily.
4. Tourist Clubs
Sarasota Recreation Club, composed of between 700 and 800 winter visitors
Swho pay $5 annual membership fees. The club uses the facilities at the
Municipal Auditorium and Recreation Center and sponsors dances, dinners, card
parties, shuffleboard tournaments, lawn boiling and minstrels. They also
conduct State parties.
At the City Trailer Park there are State Clubs for Ohio, Indiana, Illinois,
Michigan and Wisconsin. These clubs sponsor their own picnics and other ,
group meetings and share with the public the recreational facilities of the
5. Recreational Clubs
Sarasota Bay Country Club: The club has a fine 18-hole golf course designed
by Donald Ross. It also has a beautiful club building with dining room, bar,
swimming pool, and terrace.
5. Recreational Clubs (Cont.)
Sarasota Yacht Club: The Yacht Club can accommodate about 40 or 50 boats and
owns its own fleet of fish class sailboats. It has an excellent clubhouse,
bar and dining room and regularly sponsors regattas, dances, game nights and
other social events.
Recreation Center: The municipally-operated Recreation Center has an audi-
torium with facilities for balls, dances, cardparties, tennis, lawn bowling,
shuffleboard and picnics.
Bobby Jones Golf Course: This is a municipally-operated 18-hole golf course
and has a clubhouse, bar and dining room.
6. 'Civic Organizations
Business & Professional
Chamber of Commerce
Sarasota Music Club.
Federation of Garden Clubs
Community Concert Assoc.
Sarasota Choral Society
7. Fraternal Organizations
Rebekah Lodge (Harmony)
8. Organized Entertainment
Day & Time of Meeting
Friday 12:15 p.m.
Friday 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday 12:15 p.m.
1st & 3rd Monday
1st Tuesday 4 p.m.
4th Tuesday noon
1st Thursday noon
Twice a month
3rd Tuesday 8 p.m.
Day & Time of Meeting
2nd & 4th Tuesday 8 p.m.
1st & 3rd Tuesday 8 p.m.
1st Friday 8 p.m.
Wednesday 8 p.m.
2nd & 4th Monday 8
1st & 3rd Monday 8
1st & 3rd Thursday
3rd Monday 8 p.m.
Place of Meeting
Johnny's Coffee Shop
Chamber of Commerce Bldg.
Chamber of Commerce Bldg.
Place of Meeting
Golf Street Club House
Odd Fellows Hall
Odd Fellows Hall
Odd Fellows Hall
Recreation Club cards all week, dances on Wednesday and Saturday nights,
classes in shellcraft on Wednesday. Shuffleboard, tennis, lawn bowling.
City Trailer Park, dances on Thursdays end Saturdays.
Boxing on monday nights at the American Legion Arena and bor'ling at the
The Players "Little Theater" present Broadway productions and have play
The Sarasota Community Concert Association presents a series of concerts for
members during season.
The Sarasota Choral Society presents music on Christmas and Easter.
Night Clubs are Cypress Club, The Manhattan, Tropical Gardens, M'Toto Room,
Sara-Bar and Jungle Room.
9. Recreational Facilities
Lido Beach Casino, white sand beaches, gulf swimming, outdoor fresh water
pool, cabanas, ballroom, dining room, drink stand, dancing, card parties
Bobby Jones IKunicipal Golf Course, 18-hole course, greens fee $1.50, club-
house with clubroom bar and lunch counter.
Municipal Parks: Gillespie Park, tennis courts, scout huts, swings, sand
boxes; Lukewood Park, lawns, flo,'er gardens and picnic grounds; Bay Front
Park, benches, and flower gardens.
Kyakka State Park: Fresh water fishing, boating, picnic grounds, cottages.
The park consists of 15,693 acres and is famous for its tropical scenes,
trees, plants, and wild life.
Bay Country Club, a Donald Ross designed 18-hole golf course. Club facili-
ties include an outdoor swimming pool.
Yachting and sailing: There are facilities at the Municipal Pier and the
Yacht Club for over 100 yachts and boats. Sarasota Bay is one of the
finest and most beautiful bodies of water in the state for sailing, yacht-
ing, skiing, and other wvater.sports.
Hunting,nearby consists principally of quail and duck shooting, but in the
not too distant Everglades turkey, deer and other game are found. Hunting
guides and lodges are not available.
Fresh water bass and bream are caught in the Myakka River and Lake. King-
fish and sharks are caught in the Gulf of Mexico. Sheepshead, flounder, drum,
mangrove snapper, bluefish, ladyfish, redfish, cobia, catfish, mackerel, jack,
speckled trout, snook, pompano and grouper are caught in the Bay and Gulf.
Fishing camps are Happyland Camp at Midnight Pass, accommodates about 14 and
has cooking facilities in cabins; Midnight Pass Fishing Camp at Midnight Pass,
about four cottages and boats for rent; Tarpon Center at Venice Inlet,
cottages, clubhouse, dining room, tennis courts, boats and guides. Fishing
guides are Captains David Ogden, Frank Roberts, Sr., Chester Fox, Marien H.
Ruffner, Sam Sweeting, Sam Hall, Ernie Bright, Ben Seale, Neil Winnie, L. R.
Biorseth, Paul Noble, T. C. Jacobs, C. E..Crandell, Woodie Roberts, Joe Way,
Stanley Leech, Frank Roberts, Jr., Clarence Roberts and Ed Seale. "Captain
Anderson III", a charter fishing boat, goes out every morning and can take
about thirty persons. Rate is $4 per person per day.
Methodist, Baptist, Presbyterian, Episcopal, Catholic, Christian, Christian
Science, Lutheran, Jewish, Salvation Army, Church of Christ, Church of God,
Latter Day Saints, Mennonite, Nasarene, Seventh Day Adventist and Spiritua-
listic Science denominations have services in Sarasota.
Name Rooms Plan
Bay Island Hotel* 31 American
Hibiscus Hotel. 35 European
Hill Top Hotel .20. American-European
John Ringling Hotel* .150 American-European
Lido Beach Hotel* 50 American
Mayfair Hotel. .51 European
Mira Mar Hotel* 100 European-American
Navajo Hotel 23 European
Orange Blossom Hotel 125 European-American
Poinsettia Hotel 25 European
Sarasota Hotel 100 European-American
Sarasota Terrace Hotel 125 European-American
Siesta Inn 46 European-American
Villa Goodrich Hotel 46 European
Watrous Hotel 34 European
Whispering Sands* 24 European-American
*Closed during the summer.
SARASOTA, FLO: DA
2. Cottage Groups and Tourist Courts
The Admiral Benbow
Bel Air Beach Cottages
Cheeri-Ho Beach Cottages
Crescent Beach Cottages
Fred's Tourist Cottages
Heppyland Fishing Camp
Thomas I:eade Cottages
Oakwood Court Cottages
Sarasota Beach Colony, Inc.,
Saratami Court Apartments
3. Guest Homes
Bay View House
Cardinal Guest Home
Mrs. E. G. Charbonneau
Clearview Guest House
Colonial Guest House
El Rene Tourist Hotel and
Mrs. Lona Exum
Gulf Breeze Guest House
Gulf Trail Guest House
Holland Guest House
The Hopewell House
F. A. Nisley Guest Home
Oaks Guest Home
Quimby's Tourist Home
Siesta Key Terrace
Trail Guest House
Twin Palms Guest House
Treasure Island, P.O. Box 2164
N. Tamiami Trail
Box 184-X, Route 1
Broadway at 53rd
S. Tamiami Trail
Sarasota Beach, Route 1
525 E. Bahia Vista Ave.,
2450 N. Tamiami Trail
St. Armand's Key, P.O. Box 1793
32nd and Cocoanut
Siesta Key, Box 177-Y, Route 1
1224 S, Tamiami Trail
S. Tamiami Trail
Route 1, Box 216X, S. Tamiami Trail
300 Gulf Stream Ave.,
1365 Palmetto Lane, R.R. 3, Box 595
Rt., 2, Box 167 S., Walker Drive
131 Cedar Point Drive
Laurel and Washington Blvd.
132 W. Mound St.
535 S. Washington Blvd.
Rt. #1, Box 174, Siesta Road
839 Main St.
367 W. 8th Street
506 Golf Street
366 N. Gulf Stream Ave.
227 N. Orange Ave.
1557 Fruitville Road
337 S. Osprey Ave.
525 S. Washington Blvd.
542 W. 7th Street.
4. Trailer Courts
City Trailer Park, off U. S. 41.
La Tosca Trailer Park, Fruitville Road, east of town.
North Orange Avenue Trailer Park, North Orange Avenue.
Pine Shores Trailer Park, off U. S. 41 going south.
Hasty Trailer Park, U.S. 41.
5. Other Accommnodations
Further information on guest homes and apartments can be obtained from the
Chamber of Commerce.
Further information on Sarasota can be obtained from:
SARASOTA COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
Post Office Box 308