Island Chatter: March

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Siesta Key Association meets March 7; roundabout to be discussion topic

The next meeting of the Siesta Key Association civic group is at 4:30 p.m. March 7 at St. Boniface Church, 5615 Midnight Pass Rd.

The meeting is scheduled to feature a presentation by a Sarasota County representative on the upcoming roundabout project at the intersection of Beach Road and Midnight Pass Road that is likely to begin in May or June.

Visit for more information and details on how to become a member.


Site serves at March 19 primary guide

At, Siesta key residents can access useful information related to the 2024 election cycle. First up is the March 19 Presidential Preference Primary.

Remember, Florida is a closed primary state so the March 19 vote pertains only to registered Republican voters.

The site also includes information on how to register, change your party affiliation, and how to vote in-person, by absentee ballot, and by mail.


Group beach walks continue in March

Each Wednesday morning in March, Sarasota County will sponsor a self-guided 1-mile-minimum beach walk exercise program that takes place between 8 and 9:30 a.m.

Participants should meet at the Siesta Beach pavilion and a $5 (no cash) registration fee is required.

Complete four walks and receive an event-themed T-shirt.


Easter egg hunt is March 30 at Chapel

The Siesta Key Chamber of Commerce and Siesta Key Chapel invite your little ones to the annual Siesta Key Easter Egg Hunt.

It will be held on the Chapel’s shade-covered grounds at 4615 Gleason Ave. from 9 to 11 a.m. March 30.

Participation is limited to 200 children ages 1 through 6. Please bring a bag or basket in which your child can place his or her eggs.

The event is $12 per child.

Each registered child will receive a goody bag at check-in. Among the highlights are games, activities, live animals, a mounted patrol, and photos with the Easter Bunny.

To register, visit


Beach University to be held in March

Free environmental education seminars about Siesta Key’s beaches and habitat, known as Beach University, will be held at 9:30 a.m. every Thursday in March at Siesta Beach pavilion, 948 Beach Rd.

It is recommended for ages 10 and up and no registration is required for the free event.

Session topics include:

March 7: Human and Wildlife Conflict, presented by Dr. Maria Passarelli, veterinarian, Save Our Seabirds

March 14: Reef Ball and its Contribution to the Marine Environment, presented by Margie Ploense, director of planned giving, Eternal Reefs Inc.

March 21: Manatee Rehabilitation at the Bishop Museum of Science and Nature, presented by Ashley Waite, director of museum experience, the Bishop Museum of Science and Nature

March 28: The Trickle-down Effect: Stormwater to Bay Life, presented by Mollie Holland, Neighborhood Environmental Stewardship Team program coordinator, Sarasota County Public Works.


Sunrise service is 6 a.m. Easter morning

The annual Community Easter Sunrise Service, conducted by Pine Shores Presbyterian Church, will be held at 6 a.m. Easter morning (March 31) near the pavilion on Siesta Beach, 948 Beach Rd.

It is recommended that attendees bring a beach chair or blanket.

Mote Marine Run for the Turtles event is April 6 on Siesta Beach

The 38th annual Run for the Turtles event, organized by Mote Marine, is set for 7 a.m. April 6 on Siesta Beach. The 5K or 1-mile races support the area’s sea turtles.

Last year, more than $55,000 was raised for Mote’s Sea Turtle Conservation and Research Program.

For more information, visit

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