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Cost of Living in Sarasota vs. Chicago

The cost of living in Sarasota is very affordable, especially compared to large cities like Chicago. Sarasota offers an affordability advantage in sundries, like groceries and gas, but the biggest difference is in taxes, long-term financial advantages, and, of course, how much house you can buy. When you compare what you can get in terms …

In the Community View from SRQ

Keep the Orchestra Downtown!

One of my favorite things about Sarasota – especially with my ballet past – is our rich arts culture. The visual and performing arts that are clustered in SRQ add dynamic and cosmopolitan appeal to the city. Since 1949, the 80-member Sarasota Orchestra has been located Downtown, presenting vibrant musical performances in a beautiful location …

In the Community View from SRQ

Approved! Progress Update on The Bay Park

Promoting green space throughout Sarasota is a high priority for me, so I’ve been thrilled to advocate for The Bay Park. I had the honor of lending my voice to citizen commentary in a video encouraging the City Commission to approve the Phase 1 site plan… and they did! The Bay is a multi-phase initiative …

In the Community View from SRQ

More to Love! Selby Gardens Update

After a bit of back and forth, the city and Selby Gardens have reached a deal that approves the expansion of Sarasota’s beloved downtown botanical garden. When the expansion was first proposed, some residents registered concerns about the scale of the project, fearing that new buildings and traffic would be too much for their adjacent …

View from SRQ

Celebrating Valentine’s Day in Sarasota

There’s a lot to love about Sarasota at all times of year, but tomorrow is The Day to celebrate romance! My perfect Valentine’s Day combines the pleasures of being outside, the idyllic beauty of our area, and the swank of downtown living. Weather permitting, I’m first heading to an outdoor yoga session at Pineapple Yoga. …