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Siesta Key Beach Crystal Classic Master Sand Sculpting Contest

This years 4th annual Siesta Key Beach - Crystal Classic Master Sand Sculpting Contest is taking place on Siesta Key Beach from November 15-18, 2013.  This has become an annual event that attracts 20 Master Sand Sculptors and over 35,000 attendees to Siesta Key Beach from around the world.

Starting Friday November 15, from 9-5 and continuing through Monday.  There will be a Vendors Village, Sand Sculpting Demonstrations, Live Music, Amateur Contests, Volleyball Competition, Shuttles for Parking and above all else 20 Master Sand Sculptors creating sand art some as high as ten feet tall.  Judging will take place on Sunday from 12:30-1:30 with an awards ceremony on Sunday from 3:00-4:00. 

Siesta Key Beach Crystal Classic Master Sand Sculpting ContestAdmission is $5 per person per day at the event or you can

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This years Sarasota Chalk Festival is being held for 10 days from October 28th - November 6th in Downtown Sarasota.  Come and see over 500 Artist create 2D and 3D chalk images on the roads of Downtown Sarasota, with this years theme of "Circus City, USA".  There will be performance stages that will also highlight music, drama, dance, magic, acrobatic, and aerial performances.

The Festival is FREE for all the participates and veiwers and will be held between 300-600 South Pineapple Ave. For complete information and all the details about the Fesival please visit their website at 

The following is just a little sample of the work that you will enjoy at the Sarasota Chalk Festival 2012.

This work done by JULIO JIMENEZ of California.

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Beggar the Dolphin near Casey KeyThis past Friday September 21 the beloved "Beggar" the dolphin was found floating in the Intracoastal Waterway near the Albee Road Bridge to Casey Key.  Beggar, named for his constant begging for food and attention from boaters for the past 20 years has been a Sarasota icon and a natural tourist attraction for boaters  near the Albee Road Bridge.  This bottled nose dolphin could be seen daily in the no-wake zone swimming up along side every boat looking for a free hand out.  Feeding and petting dolphins is punishable with up to a $100,000 fine and possible up to a year in jail under the Marine Mammal Protection Act.

"Beggar was a local icon and tourist attraction for over two decades, and the results of this necropsy are a reminder of how people's

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Siesta Key Sandcastle Competition

Next Amateur Competition:

May 7, 2016
The 44th Annual-Siesta Key Amateur Sand Sculpting Contest
Where: On the White Sandy Beach of Siesta Key Public Beach
Starts at 9:00 am, Registration is at 8:30am South of the Pavilion.
For more information contact Sarasota County Parks and Recreation at (941) 861-9930 

This past weekend was the 2nd annual Siesta Key Crystal Classic Master Sand Sculpting Contest,  held on the world famous #1 rated Siesta Key Beach  in Sarasota, Florida.  Siesta Key Beach was recently chosen as the #1 Beach in America by Dr. Stephen Leatherman (a.k.a.) Dr. Beach.  Dr. Leatherman is the Director of Florida International University’s Laboratory for Coastal Research. 

crystal_classicThis has become an annual

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What’s Happening in and around Sarasota for this season.

Sarasota is known for its active arts and entertainment culture.  Visitors come from all over the globe to experience what Sarasota has to offer and many of my clients have asked me for a schedule of the events for the season. 

So with that in mind,  please find below a list of the most popular events, shows, and entertainment that is happening in Sarasota starting today through April. From the new Penguin Exhibt at Mote Marine to the Film Festival to the Holiday Boat Parades to the Opera House and Van Weezel schedules to events around St. Armand's Circle you will be able to find and link to all the information for a busy season in Sarasota.  Listed below you will find valuable links to the event…
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Siesta Key Beach Master Sand Sculpting Competition – The Siesta Key Crystal Classic


The Siesta Key Crystal classic Master Sand Sculpting Competition November 18th to the 21st.   Siesta Key Beach in partnership with Mote Marine, The Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce, The Siesta Key Chamber of Commerce, Sand Lubbers, and Sarasota County is proud to announce the 1st annual Crystal Classic Master Sand Sans Sculpting contest with over $25,000 in prize money.  The proceeds from this event will go to benefit the Mote Marine’s Sea Turtle Conservation and Research program. 

Siesta Key Beach has been consistently ranked as either the #1 or #2 best beach in the United Sates by “Dr. Beach”  aka Dr. Stephen Leatherman.   Siesta Key Beach located on the barrier

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Sandcastles on Siesta Key Beach

This past Saturday on Siesta Key Beach in Sarasota, Florida was the annual sandcastles contest.  Every year they have an organized contest. 

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As you can see from these pictures this is no ordinary beach sand.  Siesta Key Beach is consistently ranked among the best beaches in America year after year by Dr. Beach.  The sand on Siesta Key is 99% quartz which makes it very white – very smooth – very fine and very cool even on the hottest of summer days.  Because of the quartz make up of the sand it is very fine and stays together making it the optimum conditions for building any sort of sand design. 



Siesta Key beach is on the west side of the barrier island of Siesta Key located in Sarasota, Florida.  The beach faces the Gulf…
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