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Founded May 14, 1921
The area now included in the county had been governed by Hillsborough County.
It was part of Manatee County from 1855 until 1921.
County Seat is Sarasota
Largest City is North Port
The exact origin of the name "Sarasota" is unknown.
According to the Florida League of Cities, the name first appeared in print as "Zarazote" on a 1763 land grant map.
Cities and Towns
City of Sarasota ~ City of North Port ~ City of Venice
Town of Longboat Key
* Bee Ridge * Desoto Lakes * Englewood * Fruitville * Gulf Gate Estates * Kensington Park * Lake Sarasota * Laurel * Nokomis *
North Sarasota * Osprey * Plantation * Ridge Wood Heights * Sarasota Springs * Siesta Key * South Gate Ridge * South Sarasota *
South Venice * Southgate * The Meadows * Vamo * Venice Gardens * Warm Mineral Springs