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Sarasota is a city located in Sarasota County on the southwestern coast of the U.S. state of Florida. It is south of theTampa 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.

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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.

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According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Sarasota had a population of 52,211 in 2012. In 1986 it became designated as acertified local government. Sarasota is a principal city of the Bradenton-Sarasota-Venice, Florida Metropolitan Statistical Area, and is the seat of Sarasota County.

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According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 25.9 square miles (67 km2), of which 14.9 sq mi (38.6 km2) is land and 11.0 sq mi (28 km2) is water.

Sarasota has a humid subtropical climate, with hot summers, mild winters, and high humidity year-round. There are distinct rainy and dry seasons in Sarasota, with the rainy season lasting from June to September, and the dry season from October to May.

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Colleges in Sarasota include New College of Florida, a public liberal arts college; Keiser College of Sarasota, a private college;FSU/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training (Florida State University‘s

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MFA Acting Conservatory in conjunction with the Asolo Repertory Theatre); Ringling College of Art and Design, a school of visual arts and design; and satellite campuses of Eckerd College, based in St. Petersburg, Florida; and Florida State University College of Medicine, based in Tallahassee, Florida.

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Other colleges in the city include East West College of Natural Medicine, an accredited college of acupuncture and Chinese medicine.

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Nearby educational institutions with regional draw include State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota and a commuter branch of the University of South Florida, based inTampa.

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Companies based in Sarasota include the Boar’s Head Provision Company. Major employers include the Doctors Hospital of SarasotaAPAC Customer ServicesThe Zenith and Capgemini.

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TRANSPORTATION

The major airport in the area is Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport which is shared by Sarasota and Manatee counties.

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Five airlines offer service out of the airport to locations primarily in the United States and Canada. The airport serves more than 1,300,000 passengers per year. The airport holds full Port of entry status providing U.S. Customs inspections for international travelers.

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St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport and Tampa International Airport are located about an hour north from Sarasota, andSouthwest Florida International Airport in Ft. Myers an hour and 45 min south of Sarasota. All 3 offer a wider range of national and international flights.