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Yet Again, Sarasota Named to the Top of a Popular List

Sarasota Bay ClubRecently, the Sarasota-Bradenton Area was named as the "Most Satisfying Place to Live." This came from a Gallup-Healthways Poll, which surveyed many residents across the United States. The pool looked a certain areas and was started at the beginning of 2012 and ran for a full two-year period.

Within the poll, residents were asked how satisfied they were with the area of the country they call home. Out of all the different cities surveyed across the country. The Sarasota-Bradenton area ranked #1 in Florida and #23 across the entire country.

This wasn't a complicated survey and it didn't look into any housing data. Instead, it was very simple and just asked the question, "Are you satisfied with the city or area where you live?" Over 90% of the residents in the Sarasota-Bradenton area stated they are very satisfied with the area.

Of course, this comes as no surprise considering what the area offers. With all the culture, some of the top beaches in the world, plenty of nature trails and all the other attractions, it's hard not to be satisfied with the area.

Many residents say the people in Sarasota are very kind ad have a laid back attitude. This makes sense if over 90% of the locals are very satisfied with the area. The area has been named to many "Top" and "Best" lists over the past decade...

Five Points Park to Host the 5th Annual Harvey Milk Festival

Five Points Park is located on Main Street and Pineapple Avenue in Sarasota, Florida. This park will be the location for the 5th Annual Harvey Milk Festival, which will be held on May 15th - 17th from 4pm to 11:45pm. This is a free festival with an after-party, which costs $5 per person.

The goal of the festival is to celebrate the life of Harvey Milk. He was one of the first openly gay Americans to be elected to public office. Harvey was well-known for cultivating music and rejecting discrimination.

This year's festival will feature Ghost Beach as the headliner. This New York tropical grit pop duo has been praised by many through their national tour. They provide many great singles, such as "Been There Before" and more. The band comes along with an 80s beach-synth style, which fits perfect with this type of festival.

Slow Magic will co-headline the festival and a DJ/musician that hasn't been decided yet will also become a part of the festival. Other musicians are scheduled to perform, as well.

Throb Nightclub will host the after-party, which will feature even more fun. The $5 cover will be donated to the festival.

Along with the festival, a screening of the documentary "The Dog" will be held. This documentary chronicles John Wojtowicz robbing a New York City bank in order to raise money for a sex change for his lover.

May 16th will feature the Art portion of the festival with the exhibits "Love Without Limits" at Concrete Countertops...

Where Must You Go to Get to Know Sarasota Better?

Sarasota Opera HouseWhen you first arrive in Sarasota, Florida, you will have a number of places you can visit for fun and entertainment. The city is known as the cultural capital of Florida and it doesn't disappoint. Here are a few of the main attractions you will want to visit, if you want to get to know your new city better.

Sarasota Jungle Gardens - 3701 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota

Ever since 1940, this 10-acre park has been a top family attraction in the Sarasota area. It's full of wonder with plenty of interesting creatures, such as peacocks, prairie dogs, large snakes, alligators, egrets and so much more. Plenty of animal shows are held here regularly and the park is open just about every day of the year.

Mote Aquarium - 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota

Another mainstay in the area is the Mote Aquarium. This aquarium is open daily from 10am to 5pm and provides all types of family fun. Over 100 species of marine life are found her. Eco Boat Tours are available, along with shark encounters and plenty of other activities.

The Ringling

Maybe the most well-known set of attractions in...

Upcoming Sarasota Community Events

Sarasota is home to many venues and attracts plenty of large events. This area of Florida also has plenty of smaller community events for residents to enjoy. Here are some of the top upcoming events you can enjoy throughout the Sarasota area.

Sound of Music, Spring Musical - April 23rd to 25th

The Sound of Music is a very popular show and will be held at the Sarasota High School Theater from April 23rd to April 25th. The cost is $5 for students and $10 for adults.

Sarasota Orchestra, A Wink and a Smile - April 23rd April 26th

This program will provide plenty of fun with all types of top songs from the Orchestra. It will be held in Holly Hall and tickets will range from $29 to $49.

Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus LIVE! - April 24th

This show is based on the John Gray Best-Selling book and provides plenty of great entertainment. The one-man show starring Peter Story will make you laugh and provide all types of whit about the psyches of men and women. It will be held at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall.

Mint Juleps and Roses - May 3rd

This Kentucky Derby party will provide plenty of great music, an excellent dinner...

Neighborhood Spotlight: University Park Country Club

University Park Country ClubThis luxurious, gated golf community is one of the top choices in the Sarasota area. It's a well-known neighborhood and has a new mall planned for the fall of 2014. The new mall is expected to be much like the Tampa International Mall and will provide plenty of new shopping to the area.

Along with the new mall coming to the area, the University Park Country Club provides some of the best golf in the area. It provides PGA Pro Golf Assistance, a championship course and so much more. It was named as the "Best Place To Play Golf" by the Sarasota Magazine. Along with the golf course winning awards, the neighborhood has been named as the "Best Development in Region" by Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council and "Best Community Design in America by The National Association of Homebuilders.

This neighborhood is also located close to the downtown area of Sarasota, the Ringling Museum, Siesta Key ad The Van Wezel. Residents enjoy easy access to many of the top attractions in the area.

Homes found throughout the University Park Country Club area are large and luxurious. They provide many custom features and many have more than a two-car garage. The lots are large and there is plenty of green space throughout this community.

Along with the golf course, residents enjoy access to 11 Har-Tru Tennis...

Coming Soon - Sarasota Open

Tennis Racquet & BallThe seventh year of the Sarasota Open will happen from April 12th to April 20th. This tennis tournament will be held at the Tennis Gardens at Longboat Key Club. It will be the hottest tennis action found in this part of Florida.

The tournament is a part of the USTA Pro Circuit Men's Tournament. Tennis enthusiasts and sports fans can enjoy plenty of action throughout the event. The purse for this year's event is $100,000 and will provide plenty of world-class talent.

Top ranked players will be a part of the championship because there's a wild card entry into the French Open going to the winner. Along with all the tennis actin, there will be a line-up of daily entertainment. This year, the event will use "theme" days to keep things interesting. This tennis event will also include the Paragon Art Festival. As you enjoy plenty of tennis action, you will also have the ability to enjoy plenty of art.

There will be plenty of luxury, tented suites for those looking for the best experience. These suites will provide private televisions, access to a semi-private bar and so much more. If you're looking for the best VIP experience, you will want one of these luxury suites.

The Player's Party will be held in Downtown Sarasota on April 14th at a private residence. John Isner and many others will be in attendance to...

Spring Cleaning Tips for Sarasota Homes

CleaningIt's that time of year again and many Sarasota homeowners will begin spring cleaning. Creating a refreshed environment is necessary. Here are a few tips to get you started with your spring cleaning this year.

Create a Plan

Cleaning your entire house can be very time consuming. However, a plan can make it easier to see your progress and allow you to start at the right place. The last thing you want is to redo work you've already done.

Purge and Donate

We all collect things we don't use or need. Whether its clothing or wrapping paper or a number of other things, now is the time to purge these items from your life. If you don't use it or need it, donate it. Of course, some sentimental items shouldn't be donated.

Start with Closets

When you do the closets first, you create space for other things. This space can be used for items you decide need to be put away, such as holiday decorations.

Ceilings Before Floors

If you start with the ceilings and your fans, you won’t have to do your floors twice. Ceiling and fans collect plenty of dust and need to be cleans. However, it's hard to clean them and not let dust and dirt end up on the floor.

Get to it!

The hardest part of any big task is getting started....