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Old 07-10-2011, 10:37 AM
 
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Excuse me for my really aggressive sarcasm here, and for my attitude about this place in general but this is the opinion of a 24 year old female that was born in sarasota.

yeah sarasota has so much identity, a bunch of old white people with too much money and time on their hands so they drive around slowly and aimlessly and get in your way. there are no jobs here and the "art" scene is dominated by the old people who just want to look at landscapes and pretty flowers.

oh and ps, the person that said its not a tourist trap is lying. sarasota's economy depends heavily on snowbirds and tourism, this place is dead in summers and then packed in the winter.

the ONLY saving grace of this town is the beach, and the beach alone.
um, being ALL of 24 and being BORN in Sarasota it doesn't sound like you know what a "packed" city is lol Sarasota during snowbird season is still a ghost town compared to manhattan lol So, for many of us moving here it's like "ahhhh" Nice to have some elbow room. I would not say this is a "tourist trap" the way Clearwater is.

S/Art/Q and lots of other young people art going on. I am an artist, i moved here from NY, I am not quite a senior citizen but i will be turning 40 this year :P and there is enough stuff going on.

I agree it's mainly white. There is a mix of really poor, poor, getting by, middle class, well off, wealthy, and mega-rich here so I don't think you can paint all of Sarasota with the rich whitey brush. Sarasota is HUGE, which part do you live in?
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Old 07-10-2011, 10:37 AM
 
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For me the whole point of moving to Florida was to escape the bitter cold of SW Ohio in winter and I've heard the panhandle can get pretty chilly in winter unlike the 70's temps we get in SW Florida down here in January and February So yeah, SW FL for me!
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Old 07-10-2011, 10:41 AM
 
Location: Sarasota area
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I remember being on Facebook this past winter and people talking of the 10 degree difference we had one day when it was 60 degrees in Tampa and 70 down in Sarasota-North Port area. That's just Florida for ya.
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Old 07-10-2011, 01:49 PM
 
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um, being ALL of 24 and being BORN in Sarasota it doesn't sound like you know what a "packed" city is lol Sarasota during snowbird season is still a ghost town compared to manhattan lol So, for many of us moving here it's like "ahhhh" Nice to have some elbow room. I would not say this is a "tourist trap" the way Clearwater is.

S/Art/Q and lots of other young people art going on. I am an artist, i moved here from NY, I am not quite a senior citizen but i will be turning 40 this year :P and there is enough stuff going on.

I agree it's mainly white. There is a mix of really poor, poor, getting by, middle class, well off, wealthy, and mega-rich here so I don't think you can paint all of Sarasota with the rich whitey brush. Sarasota is HUGE, which part do you live in?
Well sounds like I hit a nerve with you. When I used the word packed, I meant the roads. When the snowbirds are here, do you not think that the roads are undrivable? I started my post by saying that my opinion of this city is biased by my perspective of it.

The art that you are talking about is a very small minority/niche compared to the art scene in its totality in sarasota. I mean you could only name one group that has young artists. Other then that there's Ringling, and how many graduates stay in Sarasota?

Sarasota is not huge, I'd say its kind of spread out but its not large unless you are saying Bradenton is Sarasota (ahem this thread) and I don't (much like other locals) consider it part of Sarasota.

And I know its mostly white and yes there are many more rich people here than in other cities in Florida.
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Old 07-10-2011, 02:11 PM
 
Location: Englewood, FL
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Excuse me for my really aggressive sarcasm here, and for my attitude about this place in general but this is the opinion of a 24 year old female that was born in sarasota.

yeah sarasota has so much identity, a bunch of old white people with too much money and time on their hands so they drive around slowly and aimlessly and get in your way. there are no jobs here and the "art" scene is dominated by the old people who just want to look at landscapes and pretty flowers.

oh and ps, the person that said its not a tourist trap is lying. sarasota's economy depends heavily on snowbirds and tourism, this place is dead in summers and then packed in the winter.

the ONLY saving grace of this town is the beach, and the beach alone.

Um, so when are you leavng?
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Old 07-10-2011, 02:30 PM
 
Location: on the edge of Sanity
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For me the whole point of moving to Florida was to escape the bitter cold of SW Ohio in winter and I've heard the panhandle can get pretty chilly in winter unlike the 70's temps we get in SW Florida down here in January and February So yeah, SW FL for me!
The temperature variance from one city to the other is really not a big deal unless you only visit FL in the winter. The humidity is usually worse inland, however.

I realize the temperature from Jacksonville all the way down to the Florida Keys varies from time to time, but Florida is hot and humid - period. Sure there are weeks in the winter when it's 10 degrees warmer in Sarasota than it is in Pensacola or Panama City. However, using that logic, everyone should move to Key West, since it's always a little warmer in the winter.
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Old 07-10-2011, 06:12 PM
 
Location: Palm Island and North Port
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Excuse me for my really aggressive sarcasm here, and for my attitude about this place in general but this is the opinion of a 24 year old female that was born in sarasota.

yeah sarasota has so much identity, a bunch of old white people with too much money and time on their hands so they drive around slowly and aimlessly and get in your way. there are no jobs here and the "art" scene is dominated by the old people who just want to look at landscapes and pretty flowers.

oh and ps, the person that said its not a tourist trap is lying. sarasota's economy depends heavily on snowbirds and tourism, this place is dead in summers and then packed in the winter.

the ONLY saving grace of this town is the beach, and the beach alone.
I was also born in the Sarasota area and don't consider myself quite a senior citizen at 38.

My daughter who is 18 is heavily involved in the Sarasota art scene. She goes to many of the local are shows and thinks the art scene in Sarasota is very vibrant. There are many very well known artists who live in Sarasota and the surrounding area, if you're not into the art scene then you probably wouldn't know this.

Including my friend and neighbor Bob Bolling who draws for Archie comics: Bob Bolling - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia or Bob Bolling served aboard USS Salerno Bay, an escort carrier, after WW II « War Tales

Jean Blackburn, a native and another very well known local artist: The Studio at Gulf and Pine, Anna Maria Island, Florida

There are many, many kids who graduate from Ringling, stay in the Sarasota area and do quite well. My daughter is friends with many of them.

We will be going to NYC in a week or so to check out the art museums and such, which we frequent to keep up on the latest trends in art.

I would say that your statement about Sarasota's economy depending on tourism is true, to some extent. It is busier in the winter then the summer with folks who are trying to escape the nasty winters and snow up north. It's not just "old people" who come here to enjoy the sand and sun in the winter. There are plenty of young couples who frequent the area.

I respect your opinion and I'm not trying to be rude or start an agruement. Just posting the facts that I know. I do agree with the others that if you're that unhappy you should probably start to look for another place to live.
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Old 07-10-2011, 06:39 PM
 
Location: Sarasota area
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The temperature variance from one city to the other is really not a big deal unless you only visit FL in the winter. The humidity is usually worse inland, however.

I realize the temperature from Jacksonville all the way down to the Florida Keys varies from time to time, but Florida is hot and humid - period. Sure there are weeks in the winter when it's 10 degrees warmer in Sarasota than it is in Pensacola or Panama City. However, using that logic, everyone should move to Key West, since it's always a little warmer in the winter.
No one is disputing that. I was simply saying if one wants to move down here full time they may be a little shocked at how cold it gets up in the panhandle vs. southern Florida in winter going by what many have said up there.
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Old 07-10-2011, 06:46 PM
 
Location: Palm Island and North Port
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No one is disputing that. I was simply saying if one wants to move down here full time they may be a little shocked at how cold it gets up in the panhandle vs. southern Florida in winter going by what many have said up there.
Yeah, no kidding! I actually wore my insulated parka the last two winters. I've only seen snow once in my life but I felt like it was going to snow for a few days this past winter.
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Old 07-10-2011, 06:59 PM
 
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Excuse me for my really aggressive sarcasm here, and for my attitude about this place in general but this is the opinion of a 24 year old female that was born in sarasota.

yeah sarasota has so much identity, a bunch of old white people with too much money and time on their hands so they drive around slowly and aimlessly and get in your way. there are no jobs here and the "art" scene is dominated by the old people who just want to look at landscapes and pretty flowers.

oh and ps, the person that said its not a tourist trap is lying. sarasota's economy depends heavily on snowbirds and tourism, this place is dead in summers and then packed in the winter.

the ONLY saving grace of this town is the beach, and the beach alone.
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