Written by Nicole Elle Smith
Many of my friends and acquaintances ask the question
"Nicole why are you so obsessed with Sarasota"?
Actually one of the most important people in my life questions me frequently. "Nicole it is so hot here, everyone drives so slow, the city is so small, why can't we move?" Well, my dear friends, it's as simple as opening your eyes to reality.
Yesterday I took a long lunch break and headed to none other than World Famous Siesta Key Beach. The breeze was soft, sun shining perfectly over crystal clear teal waters and powdery white sand. As my significant other and I were relaxing in the warm gulf water at 2 pm on a regular Tuesday, I looked at him and said: "This is why". Where else in the country do you have this? Yes, there are many beaches in the US to choose from, but I'm not the only one that understands why Sarasota is special. A charming city on the bay, filled with art sculpted by locals, boutique restaurants, rooftop lounges, and unique shopping, all within minutes to warm ocean waters and white sand beaches. Yet still, the cost of living is far less than Southern California, and even South Florida.
Many people have these same objections to our beautiful Gulf Coast. In my opinion, I would choose a few months of heat over 6 months of cold. The slow driving only signifies that Sarasota is a destination town for people looking to escape their lives elsewhere, and relax! This city may be small, and I hope it stays that way for as long as possible. The fact is that the secret of Sarasota is spreading rapidly, and there is no question in my mind as to why. It truly is one of the most fantastic places to live, work, and play. Why can't we move? Well if these reasons aren't enough, then I guess because I said so!
Don't just take my word for it.
Read this article written by Alexander Lobrano titled A Florida Beach Vacation with Snob Appeal which states "I know what I’m talking about because I’ve recently become one of the boomers who’ve chosen to become part of Sarasota’s new cityscape. When I told friends in Boston, New York and London that I’d bought an apartment in Sarasota as a toehold after being an American in Paris for more than 30 years, they reacted with versions of “Sarasota! Really? Why?” My Parisian pals just rolled their eyes. “What will you do there? Is there any place to eat? Isn’t it like, well, a place for old people?” asked one especially alarmed friend from San Francisco."
Click Here for the full story on WSJ.com