The Salt Life: Favorite Free Things/Activities in Sarasota (by Sasha)


For year ’round residents, it can be frustrating to see a wealth of activities and events that take, well, wealth to attend. But that doesn’t mean there is nothing to do if you live on a  budget. Consider some of my favorite things that are free (or nearly so.)

(1) The Herald-Tribune. Sarasota’s local (and Pulitzer Prize winning) newspaper has a great free online condensed edition. I love this paper for how it engages in powerful investigative local reporting—a rarity these days. You don’t know nothin’ about Sarasota without being a reader!!!  And with full digital and print available for about $20/month, how can anyone resist being a subscriber? With Sunday’s coupons, the subscription pays for itself. Even better is that on Thursdays, Ticket Magazine is included with the paper and this supplement offers a comprehensive list of weekend and upcoming events throughout the area.

Continue reading “The Salt Life: Favorite Free Things/Activities in Sarasota (by Sasha)”

The Salty Dog Speaks (as told to Sasha)

My name is Karma and I’m a Tibetan Terrier who was raised as a snowy dog in upstate New York. But now I live in tropical Sarasota and have become a salty dog with opinions about a dog’s life here.


So, for now, here’s what I have to say…

A paws up for:

* Dog-friendly places like Oleary’s Tiki Bar, Whitaker Park, and Bird Key Park.

* Main Street store owners who put out bowls with fresh water for us thirsty canines.

* The SunTrust Bank on Whitfield and University that hands out biscuits when my owners use the drive-up window.

A growl at:

* Having to get my Kennel Cough vaccination not once but twice a year. (I know that groomers and boarders are protecting us, but really, you snort the stuff twice a year!)

* Dog dresses and outfits:  Hey we have fur and we have descended from wolves!!! We are not a toy or your baby. Unless it’s Halloween, don’t do it. Grrrrr.

From the Salt Mines: Bring Money (by Sasha)



Do not come to Sarasota thinking that you can make a living. Unless you are a developer, you will be lucky to make even 1/3 of what you made elsewhere (especially if you’re from well paying communities in the Northeast, Midwest, or the West Coast.) Instead, you will be told that employees here pay the “sunshine tax.” That is, you live in paradise, so you won’t be paid much to work here.

See that guy hauling pool chairs on the beach? He was a school district supervisor. The woman checking out books at the library? She was a college professor. The guy checking out your purchases at the department door? He was a corporate executive. Ask the person waiting on you what they were before the move and you’ll be shocked at how underemployed they now are. Continue reading “From the Salt Mines: Bring Money (by Sasha)”