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Crystal Classic winners will be back

The Siesta Key Chamber of Commerce has announced that all the 2023 Siesta Key Crystal Classic International Sand Sculpting Festival winners will participate in this year’s event, scheduled for Nov. 15 through 18.

Additionally, vendor registration for the event is now open. Vendors can register at siestakeycrystalclassic.com.

Easter egg hunt a success

More than 150 kids and families participated in the annual Siesta Key Easter Egg Hunt held Saturday, March 30, at the Siesta Key Chapel. The event was hosted by the Siesta Key Chamber of Commerce, the Child Protection Center, and Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida.

In addition to hunting for eggs, the kids were treated to surprise guests including a few big cats and a baby sloth courtesy of Big Cat Habitat, a fire truck tour courtesy of the Sarasota Fire Department, and of course Mrs. Bunny who passed out sweet treat bags compliments of Kilwin’s.

Fore! Chamber golf
outing is May 6

The Siesta Key Chamber of Commerce’s 24th annual Golf Tournament at TPC Prestancia’s Stadium Course is on May 6. Cost is $175 per golfer or $650 per team. Registration includes continental breakfast, 18 holes of golf, cart fee, awards, prizes, contest holes, lunch and more.

Registration opens at 7:30 a.m. and the shotgun start begins at 9 a.m.
Deadline to register for golf is April 30.


Bridge to Bridge Bay
Slam is May 18

Sarasota County Parks is hosting a catch-and-release fishing tournament for non-motorized vessels on Saturday, May 18 on Sarasota Bay.

The event, called the Bridge to Bridge Bay Slam, kicks off with a pre-tournament meeting on Friday, May 17, from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Phillippi Estate Park pavilion, 5500 S. Tamiami Trail.

Anglers should bring their own gear and kayak to have the opportunity to fish for red drum, spotted seatrout and snook. Each angler must catch and release one of each species, and the largest overall length of all three species combined will be the winner.

Fishing begins at 7 a.m. on Saturday, May 18, covering the expansive Sarasota Bay from the Coon Key Bridge and Ringling Causeway to Blackburn Point Bridge. Photo submissions will be scored at 2 p.m. with results announced at 4 p.m.

This tournament offers a unique opportunity for anglers to showcase their skills and compete in a friendly environment. The event is supported by the generous donations of Economy Tackle, Dolphin Paddle Sports, CBs Outfitters, All About Fishing, Kayaking SRQ and Paradise Adventures.

Registration is open with a fee of $45 per angler. Anglers must complete registration by 5 p.m. on May 17 to secure their spot. With a limited entry of up to 100 anglers, onsite registration will not be available.

The tournament features three divisions to accommodate anglers of all ages:
• Small Fry (ages 9 and under)
• Junior (ages 10-17)
• Open (ages 18 and over)

Scoring will be based on a catch, measure and photo and release method, promoting marine conservation and sustainable fishing practices.

To register, please visit bit.ly/btbbayslam or call 311.

World Ocean Day scheduled for Siesta Beach

Sarasota County Parks will host World Ocean Day on June 8 from 8 to 11 a.m. Participants will meet at the pavilion located at 948 Beach Rd. on Siesta Beach.

In addition to starting the day with a beach clean-up, there will be educational presentations starting at 9:30 a.m. Participants will be doing their part to ensure a cleaner, healthier future for our marine life.

No registration required.

Kids’ Summer Siesta Beach Runs begin June 4

This weekly one-mile fun run for kids ages 1-17 is a summer favorite and a great opportunity for families to exercise together and have fun at Siesta Beach! Weekly registration begins at 5:30 p.m. with runs starting at 6:30 p.m. Kids receive a participation ribbon at each run. Complete four runs and earn a free custom T-shirt. No run on the week of July 4.

For details, call 941-861-7275.

Brion Palmer
Author: Brion Palmer

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