Sarasota News Leader

04/05/2013

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Sarasota News Leader April 5, 2013 Page 50 SIESTA WINS ANOTHER HIGH BEACH RATING With Easter marking the traditional end of high season, Siesta Key may enjoy a longer burst of tourism thanks to Trip Advisor naming it the No. 2 beach in the United States. sacola Beach; and No. 4, Fort Desoto Park in Tierra Verde. Hawaii led the way with a total of four beaches. The others were Lanikai Beach in Kailua at No. 5, Wailea Beach in Wailea at No. 6 and The Internet travel site based its rankings on Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve in Honolulu at "feedback from millions of Trip Advisor trav- No. 10. elers," a news release notes. Rounding out the Top 10 were Assateague The spotlight on Siesta calls it "Paradise," not- Beach in Virginia at No. 7; La Jolla Cove in La Jolla, CA, at No. 8; and Laguna Beach in Caliing the best time to go is "Year-round." fornia at No. 9. Trip Advisor added that visitors could choose Through January, Siesta Key had collected among 13 hotels, two bed and breakfast/inn 26.97 percent of all the tourist development facilities and 205 beach rentals. tax revenue in Sarasota County, according to the latest figures from the Tax Collector's OfNo. 1 on the list is Ka'anapali Beach in La- fice. The total for the key was $433,191.46. The haina, HI. amount is about a 10 percent increase over the $389,348.72 collected in January 2012. Two other Florida beaches made the Top 10: No. 3, Gulf Islands National Seashore at Pen- Rachel Brown Hackney Sun worshippers make themselves at home on Siesta Public Beach in late March. Photo by Rachel Hackney

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