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 Siesta Beach Improvements

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 Siesta Beach


948 Beach Road, Siesta Key, FL

Siesta Beach is one of the community's premiere assets attracting millions of visitors each year. When originally purchased by the county in the early 1950's the beach encompassed only 9-acres and 1200 feet. Mother nature's own work combined with the county purchase of additional property to the south has expanded the beach to more than 100-acres. The approved project to upgrade many parts of the beach, its parking areas and amenities is scheduled to begin in 2013.

The project will increase and improve parking and pedestrian access, upgrade and expand recreational opportunities and facilities, and restore the historic pavilion built in the 1950s.

Design and construction is included as part of the voter approved Surtax III Economic Stimulus Program. Many of the existing structures and features of the park have exceeded their service life. Among the amenities planned for the beach park are:

  • A pedestrian esplanade connecting the park from east to west
  • An expanded and renovated parking lot
  • Improved access to and from Beach Road
  • Modern and expanded restrooms
  • An upgraded and elevated concession area
  • Relocation of several buildings and restoration of the historic pavilion as a public gathering place

The new and upgraded beach park facilities are designed to improve sustainability through more efficient use of space and materials, expand landscaping using native plants, and improve stormwater management through the use of low-impact design principles. 

Final design of the plan is expected to continue through 2012 with phased construction anticipated to begin in 2013.

Funding for design and construction of the project will be provided through the infrastructure Surtax III, the penny sales tax.



Public Meeting at ​Gulf Gate Library
Public Meeting at ​Morgan Family Center (North Port)
Public Meeting at Venice Community Center
Staging begins for Siesta Beach Park Improvement Project

 Beach Road Drainage Project

Beach Road Drainage FAQ.pdfBeach Road Drainage FAQ
20130423 Beach Road C2013-339.pdf20130423 Beach Road C2013-339
20130319 Drainage Improvements Presentation.pdf20130319 Drainage Improvements Presentation


Construction Manager - Preconstruction Services.pdfConstruction Manager - Preconstruction Services
Engineering Contract Amendment 1.pdfEngineering Contract Amendment 1
Engineering Contract Amendment 2.pdfEngineering Contract Amendment 2
Engineering Contract Amendment 3.pdfEngineering Contract Amendment 3
Engineering Contract.pdfEngineering Contract

 Board Presentations

Siesta Beach 60 Percent Design Plan Estimates.pdfSiesta Beach 60 Percent Design Plan Estimates
20131112 Siesta Beach Project Update.pdf20131112 Siesta Beach Project Update
20121211 Siesta Beach BCC Presentation.pdf20121211 Siesta Beach BCC Presentation
20110914 Improvement Project Update.pdf20110914 Improvement Project Update


Cost Projections 2008-2012.pdfCost Projections 2008-2012

 Concept and Design

20110914 Siesta Beach BCC Approved Plan.pdf20110914 Siesta Beach BCC Approved Plan
Design Development Drawings 60 Percent.pdfDesign Development Drawings 60 Percent
East Concession and Restroom Building 60 Percent.pdfEast Concession and Restroom Building 60 Percent
Historic Pavillion and Concession Expansion 60 Percent.pdfHistoric Pavillion and Concession Expansion 60 Percent


20121113 Siesta Beach Fact Sheet.pdf20121113 Siesta Beach Fact Sheet
20120920 Siesta Beach Improvements FAQs.pdf20120920 Siesta Beach Improvements FAQs

 Public Meetings

20121108 Boards Public Meeting.pdf20121108 Boards Public Meeting

 Want to Know More?

For questions or additional information regarding the Siesta Beach improvements, email

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