Sarasota County starts to mark its first 100 years

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.

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How to Use the Auto Tour App

1) Set up your phone to play via your car speaker. If you are not sure how to do this here is a How To video.

2) Go to your Apple App Store (iPhone) or Google Play Store (Android) and search for “Sarasota County Auto Tours”

3) Download the app and open it.

4) Our audio narration is designed to play automatically at each stop as well as direct you from stop to stop.

    For it to work correctly set your phone Location Service to Always/Allowed all the time.

    How to do this: iPhone   Android

5) The opening screen should look something like this:

Click the gear icon at the lower right.

6) The next screen should look like this:

Click “Check for updated content.”

7) Back on the home screen select the tour you’d like to take.

     The screen you should see will look something like this:

Click “Download Tour.”   It is often best to download the tour at a location where there is good mobile or Wi Fi coverage. During the tour the app will play from your phone so good mobile internet is not needed.  Once downloaded the bar will turn green.

8) Click “Start Tour.”

The opening screen will be  a map of the tour:

MAP KEY:

1. Markers showing each location where the audio will be triggered. NOTE: The numbered points are Stops on the tour, others are triggers for audio travel directions

2. left arrow = Scroll Back to Previous Stop or directional trigger point.

3. See entire map

4. See where you are on map

5. Get directions from where you are to Next Stop (in most of the tours we provide directions as you go, no need to view map)

6. right arrow = Scroll Forward to Next Stop or directional trigger point.

7. Click to see page, photos and hear audio for Trigger Point listed. Tap the numbered points on the map to select Stops on the tour,

Drive to the starting point and enjoy your tour!

Additional Notes:

Photos
Swiping across images may reveal additional images. Tapping on an image will enlarge the view and show the image caption, rotating your device will change the format. Image credits can be found by tapping the information icon.

Audio
To listen to audio (if it doesn’t trigger automatically via GPS) tap the triangular play button below the images on the app page.

Video
To watch videos tap the triangular play button within the image.

 

How To Use This App

Set up your phone to play via your car speaker. If you are not sure how to do this here is a How To video.

Our audio narration will play automatically at each stop as well as direct you from stop to stop. To do this the app uses GPS and for it to work correctly check the following items:

Before you start a tour:

Check that your device has Location services activated and Notifications are enabled for this app.

To do this tap the cog icon (gear) on the main screen:

This will take you to Settings:

  • Ensure Location settings or Notify me of nearby locations option is ticked

  • Ensure Play stop audio is ticked

  • Check for updates to get the latest version of the tour

  • Note that Language can be changed under settings

Tour selection
Return to the main screen, select the tour you would like to do and then tap on Download at the bottom of the screen. It is often best to download the tour at a location where there is good mobile or Wi Fi coverage. During the tour the app will play from your phone so good mobile internet is not needed.

Start Tour

Once the tour has downloaded, select Start Tour.

ON IPHONES:

Click the beacon icon and ensure Show location alerts and  Autoplay audio options are selected. If you are unable to make these selections read Apple help HERE. (Location Services must be set to Always for your travel directions to work.)

 

 

 

 

ON ANDROID PHONES:

Click the 3 dots in upper right corner, Click Location Settings, Select Show location alerts and Play stop audio

 

 

Navigation
A list of tour pages or stops can be found under the list icon (the 3 lines) at the top left of the screen, selecting an item will take you to that page.
An interactive map of the tour can be found by selecting the folded map symbol at the top right of the screen.

If there is mobile phone coverage in the area your current location should be highlighted by a dot. Clicking on a numbered stop pin will take you to that page in the app.

Navigating between pages can be done by tapping Previous or Next at the bottom of the page or by swiping the page left or right. More Information or additional sections may be found by scrolling down.

Photos
Swiping across images may reveal additional images. Tapping on an image will enlarge the view and show the image caption, rotating your device will change the format. Image credits can be found by tapping the information icon.

Audio
To listen to audio (if it doesn’t trigger automatically via GPS) tap the triangular play button below the images on the app page.

Video
To watch videos tap the triangular play button within the image.

 

Centennial Tiger Bay Panel

SARASOTA COUNTY CENTENNIAL
The 100th Anniversary

Click Here to view the Zoom video.

(Please note there were technical issues with Jeff LaHurd’s video.)

Featuring:

Kathryn Chesley as Bertha Palmer

KATHRYN CHESLEY
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.

 

 

 

JEFF LAHURD
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.)

 

 

 

JOHN MCCARTHY
Local historian and Vice President of the Historic Spanish Point campus, Marie Selby Gardens. John is a member of the Sarasota County Centennial Committee.

 

 

 

MODERATOR
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.

Creating Sarasota County

Creating Sarasota County

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

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

St. Martha Mission Church

St. Martha Mission Church

LOCATION: 200 N Orange Ave. Sarasota
MAP COORDS: 27.33875999 -82.53755499

MARKER MINUTE:
https://youtu.be/PhtwsaaU4q4

LINKS:
https://www.hmdb.org/m.asp?m=97105

https://www.waymarking.com/waymarks/wm9XVJ_St_Martha_Mission_Church

http://www.sarasotahistoryalive.com/history/markers/st.-martha-s-mission-church/

https://www.stmartha.org/our-history/

 

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St. Martha Mission Church Marker-Side 2 (Click for larger view)