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New to SRQ: 7 helpful Sarasota Facebook groups to join

For those who are new to Sarasota, here are the seven Facebook groups and pages you should follow so you can live like a real local.

If you grew up in Sarasota, FL…then you remember

This is a public group of around 26,000 members and here you’ll find a wholesome trip down Sarasota memory lane. Members post old photos and reminisce about a Sarasota of the past. Whether you have a long history of vacationing in the area before moving here or are a complete newbie, this is a great way to learn about vintage SRQ.

Scooter of the Beach

Want to go to Siesta Key but wondering what the waves look like or how busy it is? Scooter is the beaches’ unofficial ambassador and for 30 years, he’s been helping travelers from all over the world make the most of their Siesta vacation. Tune in for his morning beach reports and feel-good messages.

Support Sarasota-Manatee Black-Owned Businesses

This group is a helpful resource to find out about black-owned businesses and how to support them. The page founders were presented with the prestigious Unity Award from Sarasota Magazine and many businesses have felt an amazing boost as the community has rallied behind them.

Citizens for Sarasota County

This is a non-partisan public group for discussing local issues. Typically, you’ll find citizens discussing timely area news – like development and city and county happenings, providing resources, and sharing opinions. As passions run high about our community, you may wish to scroll down the newsfeed before joining to see if this is a group for you.

I Love Lido Key

This is a group dedicated to all things Lido Key and St. Armands from businesses to events, vacationing, photography, and more. You’ll appreciate the constant stream of stunning beach photography and restaurant news with specials and openings so you can be the first to experience the island’s culinary delights.

I Love Siesta Key

With over 43,000 members, this is your one-stop hive mind for all things Siesta Key related. Ask questions, learn about local establishments, or ogle over sunset pictures.

Bradenton/Sarasota Group and Community Events

This community group shares events, business news, activities and more covering the areas of Bradenton, Sarasota, Ellenton, Palmetto, Ruskin, and Venice.

If you are interested in learning more about life in Sarasota, you are always welcome to contact me with any questions!

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