Visit Sarasota

Visit Sarasota Countyis the official provider of visitor information for Sarasota County where tourism is a top industry. 

Visit Sarasota County operates the official Sarasota Visitor Information Center at 1945 Fruitville Road, Sarasota, FL 34236 and also operates a visitor information kiosk out at The Mall at University Town Center.

SRQ Sarasota Manatee International Ai rport

Sarasota Manatee International Airport  SRQ  

The Airport is an important Economic Development Asset for the region.


Port Manatee is one of Florida's largest and fastest growing seaports and provides the International Trade Hub port for the region including Manatee and Sarasota Counties and Tampa Bay. 

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2020 Tourism Strategic Vision

Benderson Park - Rowing Lake - A Gift - the Public Private Partnership

The aerial shows the Nathan Benderson Park in Sarasota, Florida.  It is a unique 600-acre park which provides the public access to a 500-acre lake. The county purchased the site in the early 1990’s. Before that, the property had been an active shell excavation pit for road construction fill. It is used for recreation and international rowing competitions.  

Quarries and mines do have significant environmental impacts. But we have developed regulations that mitigate environmental damage during the operation of the quarry and require extensive landscaping, dust control, and blasting control. And the quarries and mines must now be turned back into a quality land use after the mining is over. The finished use is usually a lake with open space or residential adjacent to the lake.

Benderson Park is a great example of Gifts, and the public private partnership to create a great park that also serves to increase tourism and image of the region.

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About Nathan Benderson Park

Nathan Benderson Park is located in Sarasota, Florida. It is slated to become North America’s premier 2,000-meter sprint course and regatta center by 2014. Over $40 million is committed to the facility’s future development, including 2,200 meter racing lanes and straight shorelines by 2013, coaching lanes, wave attenuation, a multi-function boathouse and athlete training center, starting huts and finish towers, grand stands and a state of the art boat maintenance and testing facility. Most of these facilities will be constructed on a first of its kind “regatta island” – an Olympic Village type setting which will provide competitors the support and focus which rowing demands, and spectators a viewing and entertainment platform unparalleled at sprint courses elsewhere in the world.

The Park will also be home to numerous other paddle sport competitions, from dragon boats to canoe and kayak races, as well as triathlon and cross country events. And to top it all off, the Park is located immediately adjacent to University Town Center – Southwest Florida’s premier shopping, dining and entertainment destination.

Park History

Nathan Benderson Park is a unique 600-acre park which provides the public access to a 500-acre lake. The county purchased the site in the early 1990’s. Before that, the property had been an active shell excavation pit for road construction fill. Cooper Creek enters the east side of the large lake and exits at the northwest corner.

Nathan Benderson park is situated west of Interstate 75 and east of The Meadows residential community. The future north Cattlemen Road extension will provide additional access to the park and its amenities. One of a handful of sites in North America identified as having all of the natural attributes that make up a premiere rowing facility, Nathan Benderson Park began hosting organized regatta competitions in 2009.

Two successful regattas were held in 2009, followed by four in 2010, seven in 2011, and seven in 2012! We are now looking forward to another successful up-coming regatta season in 2013!

Top Industry Employers Sarasota


Top Industry Employers

Sarasota County is home to a wide range of diverse companies and enterprises. Here are a few of the largest Sarasota County employers within the EDC targeted industries.

How Can We Help?

Contact Destin WellsVP of Business Development, to see how we can help you thrive in Sarasota County.

SMH Health Care, Inc.

Full- service health system with general medical and surgical hospitals.
Employment ~6550

PGT Innovations

Manufacturing of windows and doors built to withstand major storms
Employment ~1975

Venice HMA, Inc.

General medical and surgical hospitals
Employment ~875

Sun Hydraulics, Corp.

Fluid power valve and hose fitting manufacturing
Employment ~700

Sarasota Doctors Hospital, Inc.

General medical and surgical hospitals
Employment ~575

Florida Resource Management, LLC

Professional employer organizations
Employment ~500

The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Co

Hotels and motels
Employment ~500

FCCI Insurance Group

Commercial property and casualty insurance carrier
Employment ~500

Ringling School of Art and Design

Colleges and Universities
Employment ~500

Tourism - Economic Impact


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Presentation on Sarasota Economic Development

Economic Development Presentations
Nov 7, 2019 4:00 pm
Selby Library at 1331 1st St, Sarasota
Followed by a Meet and Greet

Sarasota Sister Cities will conduct a panel presentation on Economic Development in Sarasota. The presentation will be on November 7, 2019 at the Selby Library at 1331 1st St, Downtown Sarasota 4:00 pm followed by a Meet and Greet at a location nearby to be announced.

Discussion Goal

Inform our Members about Economic Development in the City and County of
Sarasota and how to make a business investment to secure a Visa Green Card.


Destin Wells 
VP of Business Development Services
Sarasota County

Steve Stancel 
GM Economic Development 
City of Sarasota 

Sylva Kanderal and Craig Hullinger 
Investments to secure a Visa Green Card EB-5

Craig Hullinger
VP Economic Development
Sarasota Sister Cities

More info contact: 
Craig Hullinger
309 634 5557

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