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News Worthy week ending March 6, 2020

The Kress Building in Downtown Sarasota sells

The Kress Building at 1440 Main St. sold for $5.8 million to Sarasota real estate investor and entrepreneur Eric Baird. The building was built in 1932.

Baird plans to recruit high-end retail tenants to the first-floor space and to move the offices of his company, EB Kress LLC, to the fourth floor. The property also has a rooftop deck.

Sarasota’s Kress Building was named to the National Register of Historic Places in 1984.

City of Sarasota to Install Shade at Lido Beach Pavilion

The City of Sarasota has selected Apollo Sunguard as the contractor to design and install a shade sail structure at the historic Lido Beach Concession Building. The shade will provide a refuge from the sun and heat for patrons enjoying the beach and concession area.

Custom engineered to suit the location, the shade structure will include multiple fabric shade sails set at different heights and angles. The design will maximize the amount of shade provided in the courtyard, while placing the steel structure on the outside to keep the courtyard and walkways clear. The shade panels will block up to 94% of UV rays and lower temperatures underneath by up to 20 degrees, helping reduce exposure to sun damage and heat-related illnesses.

The shade structure is one of several improvements being made to the Lido Beach concession area. Installation of the sunshade is expected to be begin in April or May. The concession stand is currently closed, but installation of the sunshade will not interfere with concession or restroom operations. No installation will take place on Saturdays or Sundays.

Siesta Key beach #1 beach in America

The best beach in the U.S. once again can be found in Florida according to the latest TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Awards.

Siesta Beach near Sarasota reclaimed its No. 1 spot from last year’s top beach Clearwater Beach. Siesta also won the annual Dr. Beach list in 2011 and again in 2017.

TripAdvisor contributor Mary Beth S wrote a review on Feb. 24 saying, “This powder sugar sand beach is HUGE! FREE parking and admission ALWAYS! Clean but busy restrooms. Outdoor rinse showers. FABULOUS drum circle Sunday evenings for sunsets. A lot of walking though!”

The TripAdvisor ratings are based on the quantity and quality of reader reviews in theTripAdvisor community.

In world rankings, Siesta Beach rated 11th while U.S. runner-up St. Pete Beach rated 16th. Tops in the world were Baia do Sancho in Fernando de Noronha, Brazil, at No. 1; Grace Bay Beach in Providenciales, Turks and Caicos, at No. 2; Playa Paraiso in Cayo Largo, Cuba, at No. 3; Spiaggia dei Conigli in Lampedusa, Islands of Sicily, at No. 4, and Prainhas do Pontal do Atalaia in Arraial do Cabo, Brazil, at No. 5.

2020 list for top 25 U.S. beaches

1. Siesta Beach, Siesta Key, Fla.

2. St. Pete Beach, St. Pete Beach, Fla.

3. Ka’anapali Beach, Lahaina, Hawaii

4. Pensacola Beach, Pensacola Beach, Fla.

5. Clearwater Beach, Clearwater, Fla.

6. Cannon Beach, Cannon Beach, Ore.

7. Hollywood Beach, Hollywood, Fla.

8. Panama City Beach, Panama City Beach, Fla.

9. Litchfield Beach, Pawleys Island, S.C.

10. Napili Beach, Lahaina, Hawaii

11. St. Augustine Beach, St. Augustine Beach, Fla.

12. Lanikai Beach, Kailua, Hawaii

13. Santa Rosa Beach, Santa Rosa Beach, Fla.

14. Wailea Beach, Wailea, Hawaii

15. Ogunquit Beach, Ogunquit, Maine

16. Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area, Puako, Hawaii

17. Myrtle Beach, Myrtle Beach, S.C.

18. Ruby Beach, Olympic National Park, Wash.

19. Driftwood Beach, Jekyll Island, Ga.

20. Cherry Grove Beach, North Myrtle Beach, S.C.

21. Race Point Beach, Provincetown, Mass.

22. Asilomar State Beach, Pacific Grove, Calif.

23. Manini’owali Beach (Kua Bay), Kailua-Kona, Hawaii

24. Silver Beach County Park, St. Joseph, Mich.

25. Coronado Beach, Coronado, Calif.

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