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Sarasota

Sarasota is a city located in Sarasota County on the southwestern coast of the U.S. state of Florida. It is south of the Tampa Bay Area and north of Fort Myers. Its current official limits include Sarasota Bay and several barrier islands between the bay and the Gulf of Mexico.

These islands separating Sarasota Bay from the gulf near the city, known as keys, include Lido Key and Siesta Key, which are famous worldwide for the quality of their sandy beaches.

Today the keys that are included in the boundary of Sarasota are Lido Key, St. Armands Key, Otter Key, Coon Key, Bird Key, and portions of Siesta Key. Previously, Siesta Key was named Sarasota Key. At one time, it and all of Longboat Key were considered part of Sarasota and confusing contemporaneous references may be found discussing them.

Longboat Key is the largest key separating the bay from the gulf, but it is now evenly divided by the new county line of 1921. The portion of the key that parallels the Sarasota city boundary that extends to that new county line along the bay front of the mainland was removed from the city boundaries at the request of John Ringling in the mid-1920s, who sought to avoid city taxation of his planned developments at the southern tip of the key. Although they never were completed in the quickly faltering economy, those development concessions granted by the city never were reversed and the county has retained regulation of those lands ever since.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Sarasota had a population of 52,488 in 2007. The 2010 census shows a decline to 51,917. In 1986 it became designated as a certified local government. Sarasota is a principal city of the Bradenton-Sarasota-Venice, Florida Metropolitan Statistical Area, and is the seat of Sarasota County.

It is among the communities included in a two-county federally mandated Metropolitan Planning Organization that includes all of Sarasota and Manatee counties and the chairs of the three elements of that organization belong to the eight-county regional planning organization for western central Florida.

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Schools in and around Sarasota, FL

Name
Ringling College of Art and Design
Four or more years; Private not for profit; $32,280 average out-state tuition; $32,280 average in-state tuition
New College of Florida
Four or more years; Public; $26,423 average out-state tuition; $4,491 average in-state tuition
University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee
Four or more years; Public; $14,235 average out-state tuition; $5,048 average in-state tuition
Argosy University-Sarasota
Four or more years; Private for profit; $12,240 average out-state tuition; $12,240 average in-state tuition
Sarasota County Technical Institute
At least 2 but less than 4 years; Public
East West College of Natural Medicine
Four or more years; Private for profit; $0 average out-state tuition; $0 average in-state tuition
Meridian College
At least 2 but less than 4 years; Private for profit

Sarasota, FL Scholarships

Name Amount Deadline
UAS7 International Study and Internship Program in Germany Varies October 01, 2016
NEWH South Florida Chapter Scholarship Varies October 13, 2016