Island Chatter: June 2024

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Vacation Donations: After a stay, give it away

Your most recent trip to Siesta Key is over. Now, what do you do? Well, as you are clearing out your pantry, you can donate all your unopened, unexpired, and non-perishable food by dropping off these items at the Siesta Key Chapel drop box located on the pavilion at the side of the Chapel.

Items to donate include canned goods (fruit & vegetables), granola bars, baby food, cereal, pasta, rice, peanut butter, jelly, and soup. Don’t forget our four egged friends: pet food is also gladly accepted.

Vacation Donations is in partnership with Community Harvest SRQ. Community Harvest SRQ is a local food rescue organization.

The Siesta Key Chapel is located at 4615 Gleason Avenue and their phone number is 941-349-1166.

Come for the yoga and stay for the sunset

Every Wednesday at 6 pm, Lynn Messier Hagen, yoga instructor at Tranquility by the Sea, offers a one-hour gentle yoga class on Siesta Key Beach. Meet behind the red and green lifeguard towers, to the left of the public beach access mat.

Bring a beverage/snack of your choice and stay afterwards to socialize and meet amazing yogis and witness one of siesta Key’s infamous sunsets!

Trolley delivers 2,000,000 ride and gets makeover

On May 10th, the Siesta Key trolley delivered its 2,000,000-passenger ride. To commemorate this achievement, the trolley is being rebranded as the Route 77 Siesta Islander. This rebrand includes a new name, updated appearance, and improved app features.

Sarasota County’s free trolley service launched on Siesta Key in 2017 under the name “Siesta Key Breeze.” Since then, the county’s open-air trolleys have provided rides to residents and visitors traveling between Siesta Key Village, Siesta Beach, and Turtle Beach. In summer of 2022, Sarasota County commissioners approved transitioning the county’s entire transit system to the “Breeze” brand, and the Transit Department rolled out the Breeze Rider app for standard bus routes. The Transit Department has been installing technology on the trolleys that allows them to work with the Breeze Rider app. Passengers are now able to use the app to view the 77 Siesta Islander’s arrival times and track the trolleys.

The trolleys’ new design with Breeze branding will complement Breeze buses, Breeze OnDemand minivans, and future Breeze Plus paratransit vehicles. Transit team members estimate the two millionth passenger stepped aboard the trolley during the first week of May. Traveling on the 77 Siesta Islander continues to be free for all passengers, operating daily from 8 a.m. until 10 p.m. For more information on the 77 Siesta Islander, visit or call 311. 

Restore Midnight Pass monthly fundraising event!!!

The monthly fundraising event for restoring Midnight Pass Coalition is an online raffle for a 4-hour fishing charter out in Sarasota Bay with Capt. David Collica of Flared Fins Fishing Charters. You can enter for the raffle by donating online at Donations (entries) for the drawing close on May 31st at 7:30 pm.

Restoring Midnight Pass is a non-profit organization dedicated to restoring the water quality of Little Sarasota Bay by opening the waterflow in and out of the bay to the sea. Monies from the fundraisers will help pay for studies reviewing the available options to accomplishing this goal in addition to ecological and environmental factors before a formal proposal can be made to Sarasota County and federal officials.

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