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Old 12-27-2009, 06:21 PM
 
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This is our first trip here after purchasing in Sarasota. After reading about all the traffic and crowding in the restaurants during the season, we were dreading being here at Christmas. Where is the traffic? Is this a typical season or did the economy have such a serious impact? Is this too early to see the effects of the snow bird season? Maybe it's just that I'm from NJ so I'm used to crowds. The only place we saw crowds was at the movie theaters. BTW, love Sarasota!
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Old 12-27-2009, 06:23 PM
 
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It does tend to slacken around the holidays for a brief time.
Give it until the 2nd week of Jan.
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Old 12-27-2009, 06:37 PM
 
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This is our first trip here after purchasing in Sarasota. After reading about all the traffic and crowding in the restaurants during the season, we were dreading being here at Christmas. Where is the traffic? Is this a typical season or did the economy have such a serious impact? Is this too early to see the effects of the snow bird season? Maybe it's just that I'm from NJ so I'm used to crowds. The only place we saw crowds was at the movie theaters. BTW, love Sarasota!
Excellent post. Please keep those of us watching from afar posted on your observations over the following months. Getting straight dope from a newcomer versus propaganda from the Chamber of Commerce crowd is priceless information.
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Old 12-27-2009, 07:15 PM
 
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Thanks, Dreamy. So far, the downtown area seems very easy to navigate in. We saw "Putnam Valley Spelling Bee" at the Florida Studio Theater last night- top quality actors/singers- same quality as when I saw it on Broadway- easy parking, intimate theater setting. My DH and I have been walking almost every Am on Siesta Beach- We're there from about 8:30-10:30. Parking lot pretty empty tho the weather hasn't been exactly warm lately.Also went to Lido Beach, also nice.
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Old 12-27-2009, 07:41 PM
 
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This is our first trip here after purchasing in Sarasota. After reading about all the traffic and crowding in the restaurants during the season, we were dreading being here at Christmas. Where is the traffic? Is this a typical season or did the economy have such a serious impact? Is this too early to see the effects of the snow bird season? Maybe it's just that I'm from NJ so I'm used to crowds. The only place we saw crowds was at the movie theaters. BTW, love Sarasota!
Snowbird season does not hit full swing until about the middle of January. Holiday time traffic is always fairly light around here.
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Old 12-27-2009, 07:57 PM
 
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Snowbird season does not hit full swing until about the middle of January. Holiday time traffic is always fairly light around here.
OK, I was curious what the months were for "snowbird season," so I looked it up.

"The snowbird season runs Oct. 1 to March 31."

USATODAY.com - Florida 'snowbirds,' 'transplants' skittish?

So, are you saying that the area is really only on the upswing with snowbirds from mid-January through March? Two months out of the year? That's it?
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Old 12-27-2009, 08:03 PM
 
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That's generally the peak....after the new year and until Easter
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Old 12-27-2009, 08:06 PM
 
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Yeah that's when housing sales spike as well. The end of January-around April. Guess it correlates with the increased traffic.
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Old 12-27-2009, 09:41 PM
 
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OK, I was curious what the months were for "snowbird season," so I looked it up.

"The snowbird season runs Oct. 1 to March 31."

USATODAY.com - Florida 'snowbirds,' 'transplants' skittish?

So, are you saying that the area is really only on the upswing with snowbirds from mid-January through March? Two months out of the year? That's it?
When I was in the restaurant industry here you could pretty well count on it being Thanksgiving through Easter (with some variance on either end). There tends to be an early season push (usually coinciding with the first major snow storm up north), and then some folks go back up for the holidays. As others have pointed out, it really gets busy in the couple of weeks after New Years.
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Old 12-28-2009, 01:57 PM
 
Location: downtown Sarasota
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OK, I was curious what the months were for "snowbird season," so I looked it up.

"The snowbird season runs Oct. 1 to March 31."

USATODAY.com - Florida 'snowbirds,' 'transplants' skittish?

So, are you saying that the area is really only on the upswing with snowbirds from mid-January through March? Two months out of the year? That's it?
January 1st through the end of April with March 31st through April 15th as the mass exodus weekends.

It used to be prime season in the past from November 1st on. Now it's just a ruse to raise food & lodging prices.

It's anyone's guess this year due to the economy. I wouldn't want to be relying on tips, that's for sure....
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