From the Publisher
As this issue was preparing to go to press, Sarasota County announced the closing of all public beaches effective Saturday, March 21st. That was the latest news in a week full of developments and announcements related to the COVID-19 crisis.
Obviously, these developments have an impact on everyone that either lives, visits, works, or owns a business on Siesta Key. The timing is also specifically unfortunate because April is one of the strongest revenue months for many business owners on the Key.
We would like to take this opportunity to encourage everyone to support the local businesses in any way you can that is consistent with your safety and the new restrictions being imposed: order a takeout meal, visit local businesses websites and shop local when you can. The point is Siesta Key is a great place to live and visit because of its entirety. The beautiful beaches coupled with all unique businesses and great people who own and work for them is what makes Siesta Key so special. We are confident any support would be greatly appreciated and would be an investment in life on the Key.
Also, as you read this issue of the Siesta Sand, you might see some of your favorite departments missing from the paper: Live Music Schedule, the What’s Happening calendar, and Drum Circle article. You can count on these departments being back in the paper in the future – hopefully by the May issue. That will mean life on Siesta Key is back to normal.
You will enjoy a couple of new departments in the paper this month – Paw Pals (page 8) and Seen in the Sand on page 22.
In the meantime, please stay safe and take care of yourself, family, friends, and loved ones. Again, it is all of us that makes Siesta Key a truly special place to live and visit.
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