Sarasota County uses website to keep public informed during Siesta Beach Improvement Project

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SARASOTA, FLA. - People come to Sarasota County from all over the country and the world just to visit Siesta Beach.

“I am over from Manchester, England,” said Robert Ironmonger, adding, “my wife did a little bit of research, looked for the best beaches, looked for the best resorts and picked Sarasota.”

Last month, Sarasota County started work on a two year Siesta Beach Improvement Project.

“This project is so unique, so big, so integral to our community and tourism," said Carolyn Brown, Director of Parks and Recreation.

In an effort to keep residents and visitors informed during to $21.5 million project, the county created

“We just thought it was very important to be able to communicate all the information and have one spot for every body to go to learn about what it going on,” said Brown.

Brown said the park improvement project is divided into four phases. Some of the improvements include a brand new elevated restroom/concession building on east side of park, upgrades to the existing historical concession building and the creation of an additional 130 parking spaces.

There will be some growing pains in the form of temporary closures as construction begins in different areas of the park.

“You have to start somewhere, I mean there has got to be a delay now and then but what are you going to do?

Sarasota County hopes you chose to stay informed on the progress through their website.

Construction for the elevated east concession stand begins on Monday, February 17 and last about two weeks as crews drive concrete pile foundations into the ground.

The entire project is scheduled for completion by December 2015.