By Morgan Simpson Staff Writer
SARASOTA — Sarasota County kicked off its Centennial Celebrations at the historic courthouse in Sarasota on Tuesday.
This event started the 100 days of celebrating and the countdown to the county’s 100th anniversary on July 1.
Speakers at the event spoke of the county’s history, the historical courthouse and the upcoming events to look forward to as the celebration continues.
Alan Maio, the Sarasota County Commission chairman, opened the event with remarks about Sarasota County’s rich past.
He stated the county owes so much to important figures like John and Mable Ringling, Marie Selby, Bertha Palmer, and countless others.
(Please note there were technical issues with Jeff LaHurd’s video.)
An actress and historian, she currently portrays 8 historical women, many of whom have connections to Florida. She also works as a tour guide for our Partner Discover Sarasota Tours. She is a member of the Sarasota County Centennial Committee. In this video Kathryn plays the part of Sarasota’s media & women’s rights pioneer Rose Wilson.
Local author/historian Jeff LaHurd has lived in Sarasota since 1950 and has written 17 books about the history of the community plus numerous artivles which have appeared in the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, Style Magazine, SARASOTA Magazine, SRQ, and the Downtowner. (Please note there were technical issues with Jeff’s Zoom video.)
Local historian and Vice President of the Historic Spanish Point campus, Marie Selby Gardens. John is a member of the Sarasota County Centennial Committee.
Dan Bailey, attorney with Centennial Sponsor Williams Parker and member of the Tiger Bay Program Committee.
We thank the Tiger Bay Club for hosting this important panel.
The creation of Sarasota County in 1921 inspired intrigue and drama, pitting local economic rivals against one another.
The civic leaders of the Sarasota district fought what they saw as an incompetent and biased Manatee County Commission for seven years to build the roads needed to support their ambitions for growth and prosperity before finally winning out. They encountered other challenges, including the great Florida land boom of the 1920s, the construction of the Tamiami Trail and even an unsolved murder, but Sarasotans persevered to realize their dreams and fulfill their economic ambitions. Dr. Frank Cassell recounts this dramatic history and the tales of the men and women who led the county independence movement.
Monty’s Stories: Growing Up in a Small Florida Town. Monty Birdsey of Englewood wrote numerous short stories of life in this small Sarasota County community in the 1960s. Sadly, he passed before he could put his stories in a book. Don Bayley from the Englewood Museum compiled and edited all the stories and published the book.
Listen: Editor Don Bayley is interviewed on WENG Radio:
For more information about the book, CLICK HERE
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