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Siesta Key Beach Florida is an island oasis nearby bustling Sarasota Florida

Siesta Key began seeing residents during the 1880s when other homesteaders were making their claims on different parts of Tampa, Sarasota, and Venice. For a while the small barrier island did not hold many permanent residents, just mostly small fishing villages set up for profit. Finally Captain Roberts and his wife decided to settle here in the early 1900s and eventually turned his home into Roberts hotel to attract other potential residents and guests to the island. Capt. Roberts is best known for helping to develop the area of Siesta Key into the beautiful tourist island that exists today. Several streets are named after the Roberts family, like Ocean Boulevard, which one may assume is named after the ocean, is actually named for Capt. Roberts wife, Ocean Hansen Roberts. Roberts Road and Hansen Bayou are also named for Capt. Roberts and his wife Ocean Hansen.

Roberts worked together with Harry Higel, the first mayor of Siesta Key in 1916, to begin changing the name from Sarasota Key to Siesta Key as well as dredging the canals and building the Siesta Key Bridge at the north end of the island in 1917. The Stickney Road Bridge was added in 1927, and with this came the first subdivision for permanent residents of Siesta Key.

Today Siesta Key is well known for the beautiful public beaches, Siesta Key Beach and Turtle Creek. When most people mention the Siesta Key beaches they are reminded of the crystal white quartz sand and the transparent turquoise water. The small barrier island is only 8-miles long altogether, with Midnight Pass Road connecting the North and South ends of Siesta Key. Overlooking the Gulf of Mexico and separated from Sarasota by Roberts Bay.

Much of Siesta Key is engulfed in waterfront properties and also houses a thriving downtown Siesta Key Village area with plentiful shops and restaurants for locals and tourists alike. The full-time population of Siesta Key is estimated around 7,500, which is immense considering the barrier island is only 8-miles long. The beauty of the beaches and the lure of being away from the hustle and bustle of the larger companion city of Sarasota keep tourists and residents continually coming back.

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