Sarasota and Her Islands Perfectly Weather Hurricane Wilma

SARASOTA, Fla., Oct. 25 /PRNewswire/ — Sarasota and Her Islands — captivating travelers’ imaginations along southwest Florida’s Gulf Coast — endured Hurricane Wilma without a blemish and all accommodations, beaches, attractions and restaurants are open to guests. Welcoming visitors to the eccentricity of “The Greatest Show on Earth” and the “Finest White Sands in the World,” more than 5,000 hotel rooms — beachfront and nestled downtown — offer availability and rates as low as $79 a night. Major attractions including Mote Marine Aquarium, John & Mable Ringling Museum, Selby Botanical Gardens and Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, as well as all shops and restaurants in Sarasota County, are fully operational.

“Despite a few power outages and minor debris on the beaches, Sarasota and Her Islands remained virtually unscathed from the storm,” said Virginia Haley, executive director, Sarasota Convention and Visitor’s Bureau. “On behalf of the destination, we extend great sympathy to those affected by the storm and as always the Sarasota Convention and Visitor’s Bureau stands ready to assist our fellow counties in their speedy recovery.”

From browsing eclectic artwork and indulging in extravagant cuisine to mingling with artists and dancing to eccentric tunes, visitors to Sarasota and Her Islands engage in activities stimulating a sense of creativity and imagination. Home of the famed Ringling Circus, endless miles of sugar white sands and captivating culture, Sarasota and Her Islands are diversely comprised of Sarasota, Longboat Key, Lido Key, Siesta Key, Casey Key, Venice, Manasota Key, Englewood and North Port.

For post-hurricane information on Sarasota and Her Islands call, 800-522-9799 or visit

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