After 50 years of its existence, Sarasota County officials have announced it has ended the annual amateur sand-sculpting program on Siesta Beach, citing low participation numbers.
It was usually held in early May. Last year, inclement weather caused its last-minute cancellation.
The county reports that it is looking for new event opportunities at the beach for that time of year.
Meanwhile, the Siesta Key Crystal Classic International Sand Sculpting Festival in November always features an amateur competition each year. “We look forward to enthusiasts entering that contest,” a county spokesperson said.
— John Morton