International Dragon Boat Federation’s Club Crew World Championships

Dragon Boat Festival

Sarasota’s Benderson Park will host the International Dragon Boat Federation’s Club Crew World Championships in 2022. The event, which is organized by the sport’s world governing body will feature over 100 dragon boat teams representing corporations and non-profits as well as competitive teams from across the world. Look for an upcoming announcement on the dates for the festival. #DragonBoatFestival #Sarasota #SiestaKey

2017 World Rowing Championshop Benderson Park

World Rowing Championship getting back on track now that Irma has passed

The organizers of the 2017 World Rowing Championship at Nathan Benderson Park are getting back on track now that Hurricane Irma has passed. The championship is partnering with several organizations in the Sarasota and Bradenton communities. Their goal is to celebrate cancer survivors and raise donations for breast cancer research.




Siesta Key Beach Sand is Prized Around the World

Siesta Key Beach Sand is Prized Around the Globe

On May 25, Stephen Leatherman, aka Dr. Beach, named Siesta the best beach in America. Most people know Leatherman from his yearly rankings and media appearances, including on The Oprah Winfrey Show. But few know that Leatherman is a card-carrying member of the International Sand Collectors Society, some 200 people dedicated to acquiring little vials of sand from all over the world.






Rowing Championships at Benderson Park

Park preparations coming together for World Rowing Championships

Finish Tower’s completion just part of work for Sept. 23-Oct. 1 event. SARASOTA COUNTY – With 65 days left until the biggest international sports event in Southwest Florida history, preparations are continuing at Nathan Benderson Park. The biggest make-or-break project for the Sept. 23-Oct.




Shelling on Siesta Key and Sarasota Area

Shelling Siesta Key Sarasota Venice CaspersenThe key thing about shelling is to know the Tide tables, since the best shells are found just before low tide.

Another great time is after a storm passes.  Cold fronts tend to push water away from the beach and tropical storms churn up the water bringing shells ashore like augers, left handed whelks, and coquinas.

Need to identify the shells you find – check out this site  Shell Museum.  

One rule of thumb: If you see something still living in a shell, leave it on the beach.

Siesta Key

Siesta Key beach has awesome sand, but isn’t the best place around for shelling.  There are plenty of coquinas though.  Head to the southern end of Siesta Key to Turtle beach for better shelling.  If you kayak or walk south from Turtle beach you can get to the area known as Midnight Pass, which is a closed in pass.  Fewer visitors = more shells. You can find  a variety of shells including crown, fighting, and horse conches, and banded tulips.  Or, you can  head north on Siesta to the public access on North Shell Road.  The beach at North Shell Road faces Lido Key and Big Pass.  The sandbars there produce sand dollars, augers, lightning whelk, spiny jewel box, and olives at low tide.  Watch for the currents though.


Looking for  fossilized shark teeth? Venice beach has some and if you head a bit further south from Venice beach, you will happen upon Caspersen Beach, which is ideal for shelling and finding sharks teeth including Megalodons. If you are really into it, you can pick up a shark tooth sifter, known as “Florida snow shovels” at the Osprey Walmart, or a local tackle store.  Check out the Venice Fossil Guy.

Longboat Key

On the only public beach, Whitney Beach, you can enjoy relative solitude by grabbing a patch of sand that feels miles from your nearest neighbor.  You’ll find shore birds a-plenty including pipers, egret, pelican, heron, petrels, gulls, and skimmers.  Keep you’re eyes peeled, because It’s not unusual to spot pods of dolphin fishing in the surf and sea turtle nests protected by tape and stakes along the shore.  Longboat has great shelling.  Sand dollars, spiny jewel box, augers, olives and lightning whelk can be found as well as others.








AquaPalooza 2017

AquaPalooza Longboat Key New PassTo put a little fun in the dog days of a Siesta Key summer it’s the AquaPalooza 2017, an on the water party for boaters with music and fun.  Tie your boat up to the party where you can enjoy music, free Giveaways, and more! AquaPalooza takes place on a sandbar near Jewfish Key, a private island, near Longboat Key. The fest is being called “the largest party on the water” by organizers. East of north Longboat Key. Have fun, stay safe and be safe. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.  Party will be at Jewfish Key Sandbar from 10 AM – 4 PM. Please RSVP at the link below! Remember all giveaways are first come first served! Don’t miss out!  Don’t have boat – stop by My CB’s or Siesta Key Marina and rent one.







Sarasota Powerboat 2017 Grand Prix Festival

2017 Offshore Grand PrixSarasota Offshore Boat Races with Superstock & AquaX Races.



Friday, June 30


1000 Boulevard of the Arts, Sarasota, Florida 34236

12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.




400 Benjamin Franklin Dr, Sarasota, Florida 34236

9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Lido Beach Best Viewing (Free Admission/Open to the public)

Saturday, July 1


Van Wezel Parking Lot
1105 10th St, Sarasota, Florida 34236

10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

(Free Admission/Open to the public) – Please No coolers allowed


400 Benjamin Franklin Dr, Sarasota, Florida 34236

9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Lido Beach Best Viewing (Free Admission/Open to the public)


Sunday, July 2


1105 10th St, Sarasota, Florida 34236


(Free Admission/Open to the public)



400 Benjamin Franklin Dr, Sarasota, Florida 34236

9:15 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Lido Beach Best Viewing (Free Admission/Open to the public)