Let's party Margaritaville style! Introducing the Margaritaville
Party tent opening Friday, 11/14, at 10 AM through Sunday at 5:30
PM. Enjoy the ambiance and fun that is everything Margaritaville
located at the entrance of the Siesta Key Crystal Classic alongside the
ever popular Vendor Village open this year Friday through Monday until
tickets online today!
Consider purchasing your 1 day or 5 day passes, your VIP parking pass or
your sponsorship online by visiting the website. Purchases can be
made with Paypal or with your credit card. It's simple and
Be a sponsor of the Siesta Key Crystal Classic! This is your
opportunity to reach thousands of people in a unique way - a sand logo on
the 40' runway on our #1 beach! Browse our many sponsorship
opportunities from Artist Team Sponsorships to Feed the Artist Sponsorships.
For more information, please click on this link
to the website and find out more about it.
Get ready for this year's fabulous festival set to open on Friday, 11/14/14, featuring fabulous live stage entertainment with Jim Morris and the Big Bamboo Band, Have Gun Will Travel and Ally and the Venturas - Ally will be entertaining us on Saturday night, 11/16, under the stars in the midst of colorfully lit sand sculptures at the inaugural Taste of Siesta.
12 Teams of 24 Masters competing again in November
Make it a point to plan your vacation around this incredible event which happens on the #1 beach on Siesta Key from Friday, 11/14 through Tuesday, 11/18/14, open 10-5:30 PM, this year with a new event on Saturday night among beatifully lit, colored sand sculptures on the beach.
Highlights for this year include:
•Margaritaville Fashion Show Exhibitions
•Amateur Sculpting Contest
•Live Entertainment with the Jim Morris Band, Have Gun Will Travel and Tropical Avenue Band to name a few
•Taste of Siesta on Saturday Night: 6-10 PM featuring Ally and the Venturas
•Vendor Village open Friday through Monday
•Mobi-Mat on sand on Monday and Tuesday for easier walking
•Santa Claus sand sculptures ready for your Christmas Photo Op
•Sand Sculpting Lessons
•Quick Sand Competitions
•Fashion Show Runway made from Sand
•Private VIP Tent for our sponsors
Remember that all proceeds benefit Mote Marine Laboratory - Sea Turtle Conservation Programs.
Watch this video from 2013 just in case you have forgotten how fantastic this event is . . .
In continuing efforts to keep our members and community informed, the Siesta Key Chamber of Commerce, in cooperation with Sarasota County Emergency Management, St. Boniface Church, Siesta Key Village Association and Siesta Key Association, will be hosting a Hurricane/Disaster Preparation Meeting.
Meeting will be held at St. Boniface Church
5615 Midnight Pass Rd., Siesta Key
Tuesday, September 9th
From 6:00 - 8:00 pm
Presentation provided by Sarasota County Emergency Management followed by Q&A
Free to attend and all businesses and residents are welcome- Seating is limited.
We know you're busy and we've
been receiving a lot of feedback from our members that a morning networking
event should be added to our social calendar. That's why we're introducing
"Koffee on the Key," every second Wednesday of the month, from 8am to
9am. Continental breakfast provided by member sponsors.
Free for all members to attend, $5 for future members.
The Siesta Key Chamber encourages photography enthusiasts of all ages to submit entries for the 2015 Siesta Key Chamber Visitor's Guide. Photographs should incorporate the essence of Siesta Key.
The Chamber's Visitor's Guide is the area's primary contact for those individuals interested in relocating or vacationing on Siesta Key, Sarasota County's primary tourist destination and is distributed throughout the world. The winning photo(s) will be featured on the cover of the 2015 Visitor Guide with credit given to the winning photographer.
Contest requirements are as follows:
•All contest entries will have to be submitted by September 10th
•Image must be at least 5.75 inches wide x 7 inches high (if entries are larger, only those which can be acceptably adjusted will be considered)
•Image must be at least 300 dpi
•Send all entries to email@example.com
Advertising in the Visitor's Guide Deadline is fast approaching!!
ONLY members of the Siesta Key Chamber of Commerce are permitted to advertise their products or services in this target specific publication, a niche that cannot be duplicated.
To reserve your space, please contact Trish Ivey at (941)914-6671.
If you know of anyone who would be a great fit for a volunteer position at the Siesta Key Chamber, please have them come to our office and fill out an application. This position is open to all members as well!
If you have any questions, please feel free to call Chastanna or Desiree at 941-349-3800.
The Siesta Key Chamber of Commerce is accepting resumes for a part-time bookkeeper position. Applicants should have experience in business applications such as QuickBooks and basic accounting. Resumes will be accepted only by email. Please send resume to Debra Lynn-Schmitz, Executive Director,firstname.lastname@example.org.
Get ready for this year's fabulous festival set to open on Friday, 11/14/14.
The festival this year features fabulous live stage entertainment with Jim Morris and the Big Bamboo Band, Have Gun Will Travel and Ally and the Venturas - Ally will be entertaining us on Saturday night, 11/16, under the stars in the midst of colorfully lit sand sculptures at the inaugural Taste of Siesta.
Make it a point to plan your vacation around this incredible event which happens on the #1 beach on Siesta Key from Friday, 11/14 through Tuesday, 11/18/14, open 10-5:30 PM, this year with a new event on Saturday night among beautifully lit, colored sand sculptures on the beach.
Highlights for this year include:
• Margaritaville Fashion Show Exhibitions • Amateur Sculpting Contest • Live Entertainment with the Jim Morris Band, Have Gun Will Travel and Tropical Avenue Band to name a few • Taste of Siesta on Saturday Night: 6-10 PM featuring Ally and the Venturas • Vendor Village open Friday through Monday • Mobi-Mat on sand on Monday and Tuesday for easier walking • Santa Claus sand sculptures ready for your Christmas Photo Op • Sand Sculpting Lessons • Quick Sand Competitions • Fashion Show Runway made from Sand
about a week now we have been hearing about a “flesh-eating bacteria” in
the coastal and inland waters of Southwest Florida and the Gulf of
Mexico, but what’s really in the water and how careful do I really need
Vibrio vulnificus is a bacteria that occurs naturally in coastal
waters. The bacteria, which is more abundant in the summer months (you
know, the months without an “R” in the name), is not new, it is not more
abundant than in years past, and it is not “flesh-eating”.
When exposed to the bacteria, individuals with underlying health
conditions can experience symptoms including nausea, vomiting, abdominal
pain, diarrhea, fever, and chills after eating raw or undercooked
seafood, especially oysters. Swallowing water while swimming is not a
danger, the gastrointestinal form of the infection can only be
contracted by eating raw or undercooked fish. These gastrointestinal
symptoms can be severe, or even fatal, but only for individuals with a
compromised immune system.
Individuals with an open wound that has been exposed to seawater or
brackish water can develop an infection at the site of the wound. Jay
Grimes, a professor at the University of Southern Mississippi's Gulf
Coast Research Laboratory who has studied Vibrio bacteria since 1980
advises those who like to fish in Gulf waters to prevent the risk of
Vibrio skin infections by keeping hydrogen peroxide and Betadine in
their tackle boxes. “Hydrogen peroxide is not an antiseptic, but when
you pour it on a wound, the bubbling has a cleansing effect. Then if you
put Betadine on it, chances are good you won't get an infection.” he
“Floridians and visitors without flesh wounds or underlying medical
conditions should not be alarmed”, said Michael Drennon, epidemiologist
for Sarasota County. Healthy individuals should continue to enjoy the
beach and other salt water activities.
It is important to note that that shellfish from grocery stores and
restaurants are approved and licensed for distribution. If you choose to
harvest your own shellfish, it should be from an approved harvesting
site. Sarasota County does not have shellfish harvesting sites and
harvesting sites in other parts of the state are currently closed.
Cooking shellfish thoroughly eliminates harmful bacteria and viruses in
We have received a number of calls at the Chamber about the bacteria, Vibrio vulnificus, which is naturally occurring in the warm saltwater of southwest Florida and Gulf of Mexico. It is extremely unfortunate that the media has chosen to use the words, "flesh-eating"
According to the Florida Dept. of Health in Sarasota County:
1. Vibrio vulnificus is a naturally occurring bacteria - meaning it is present all the time in warm brackish water and seawater (salt water). This includes marine waters outside Florida. The concentration of bacteria does increase in the summer months, we are not sure why this occurs.
2. Residents and visitors with certain health conditions are urged to avoid eating raw oysters and exposing open wounds to seawater and estuarine water, which may harbor bacteria called V. vulnificus. Persons who have wounds, cuts or scratches and wade in estuarine areas or seawater where the bacteria might be present can become ill.
3. Cuts or lesions can become infected with V. vulnificus when exposed to warm brackish water or salt water where the bacteria naturally occurs. Individuals may also become infected by consuming infected shellfish.
People should avoid eating raw or undercooked shellfish such as clams and oysters.
• It is important to know that grocery stores and restaurants shellfish are approved and licensed for shellfish distribution.
• If you harvest your own shellfish, it should be from an approved shellfish harvesting site. Sarasota County does not have those sites and shellfish harvesting sites elsewhere in the state are currently closed.
• Shellfish that you prepare yourself should be cooked thoroughly when consumed either by frying, stewing, or roasting eliminates harmful bacteria and viruses in the meat.
4. Symptoms may include: pain, redness, blistering skin lesions, fever, chills and discharge at site of wound. Infection by V. vulnificus may result in a blood stream infection. It is important to seek medical care if an individual develops these symptoms after wounds have been exposed to brackish water or sea water. Other symptoms of infection include GI illness such as nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, diarrhea, fever, chills. Individuals experiencing these symptoms should contact a physician immediately for diagnosis and treatment. Treatment consists of antibiotics.
5. Individuals with underlying health conditions are most at risk for developing serious illness from Vibrio vulnificus. Those who believe they have symptoms of V. vulnificus should contact a health care provider immediately for diagnosis and treatment.
6. Important point: Healthy individuals can continue to enjoy the beach and other salt water activities; however, those with open wounds on their body should be aware that they are taking a risk of contracting V. vulnificus.
7. This is not a flesh-eating bacteria. Necrotic fasciitis is not typically associated with this type of bacterial infection.
Coordination: DOH-Sarasota PIO provided interview using approved talking points.
For more information or questions, please contact the Florida Department of Health in Sarasota County Office of Environmental Health at 941-861-6133.
In 2011, Siesta Beach was rated as the #1 beach in the United States by "Dr. Beach", a.k.a. Dr. Stephen P. Leatherman, director of Florida International University's highly respected Laboratory for Coastal Research. In 2004 the Travel Channel named it "The Best Sand Beach in America" because of its 99% pure quartz sand that stays cool under your feet.
Siesta Key beach offers tennis and volleyball courts, shaded playground and picnic area, and convenient concession stands for a quick bite or a refreshing drink. Its shallow water near the shoreline and year-round lifeguard protection make it a great beach for the whole family. You can even borrow beach wheelchairs if you have visitor that needs help across the sand.
Whether you enjoy playing tennis or volleyball, fishing or boating, or a Drum Circle on Sunday evening to mark the end of another perfect weekend on Siesta Key, there's always something to do on Siesta Beach and it is all within walking distance of the many shops and restaurants on Siesta Key Village.
You may be wondering "what makes the beaches on Siesta Key so special?" There are many reasons, but no list would be complete without mentioning the sand.
The sand at Siesta Key's Crescent Beach was rated as "The World's Finest, Whitest Sand™" at the Great International Sand Challenge in 1987 beating more than 30 entrants and the Travel Channel recognized it as "The Best Sand Beach in America" in 2004.