Yes, John Ringling … of circus fame!
There’s an old legend circulating around Sarasota that John Ringling had a Native American guide show him around the Sarasota area to assure him that the area was on a protected cove safe from the weather that can sometimes plague our sunshine state. Seems he knew of what he spoke. Our beautiful Sarasota was minimally impacted by the devastating blow Hurricane Irma just delivered.
Our host hotel, the Hyatt on Sarasota Bay was also spared and our little SRQ airport opened up for business ahead of others in the region!