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Sarasota Relocation and Moving

Every year, thousands of people relocate to Sarasota and surrounding communities, including Bradenton, Venice, Osprey, Nokomis. Below is some information you may find useful in making your move to the Suncoast. If you're looking for relocation information for Sarasota, Bradenton or Venice, Florida, the information below may help you get started. Relocation is a difficult process and the more you know about the area you're moving to, the easier the transition will be.

If the information you're looking for isn't on this page, see our Community section for more local info and links to county government, places of worship and schools. Looking for real estate information on available homes all over Sarasota? Click here to contact a real estate agent who can help you.
Note: All Area Codes 941

See our books listing for some helpful titles for your move.
Check distances between various Florida cities on our mileage chart.

Rand McNally Sarasota map. Durable and convenient, Rand McNally EasyFinder® Maps will take all the wear and tear your journey can dish out. The laminated design allows you to mark your route, make notes, then wipe the surface clean for further use. Order Online

The spiral bound Rand McNally StreetFinder® atlas for the Sarasota/Bradenton area is the ultimate auto companion for travel in this part of Florida, whether you are a resident or short-term visitor. Order Online.

MOTOR VEHICLE

New Florida residents must register their vehicles in Fla within 10 days of gaining employment or enrolling children in school. To register a vehicle, you will need to provide the county tax collector with a current driver's license, proof of Florida auto insurance, a prior registration certificate and the car's title. The VIN number will be verified and you will need to apply for a Florida license plate. (You'll be amazed by the selection of plates.)
The weight of the vehicle determines the fee. You will also need to apply for a Florida Title Certificate.
You can get more information on this from the Sarasota County Tax Collector at 362-9888.
Manatee County 741-4800 or from the FL DMV

New residents must get a Florida driver's license within 30 days of accepting employment, entering children in public school, registering to vote, or filing for homestead exemption. It costs $20 for a first time Florida Driver's License. Getting one is very quick if you have a valid license from another state. You'll only need to take a vision test. Call in Sarasota County 361-6217 for more info, or in Manatee County, 741-3010.

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SCHOOL INFO

A child must be 5 years old by September 1 in order to enter kindergarten. To enter first grade, a child must be 6 by September 1 and must have attended kindergarten. Every school has an attendance area determined by your family's address. Parents may go to their children's designated school at any time to register their children. The sooner the better. Be sure to bring:

  • Birth certificate
  • Immunization records
  • Proof of physical examination during the past 6 months
  • Proof of residence

Click here for details on schools in Sarasota County

Click here for details on schools in Manatee County

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UTILITIES

Electricity:
FPL (Florida Power & Light)
917-0708

Gas:
Teco Peoples Gas System
366-4277

Phone:
Verizon
1-800-483-4200

Water & Sewer:
Sarasota County: 378-6188
City of Sarasota: 954-4197
Venice 486-2770

MAIL
Don't forget to change your address with the post office.

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POLITICAL
Members of Congress
Sen. Bill Nelson URL
(202) 224-5274

 

SERVICES
Consider arranging for the following services before you arrive in Florida.

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MEDICAL FACILITIES

Charter Behavioral Health System - Manatee Palms
4480 51st St. W.
Bradenton, FL
792-2222

Columbia Blake Medical Center
2020 59th St. W.
Bradenton
792-6611

Columbia Doctors Hospital
5731 Bee Ridge Rd.
Sarasota
342-1100

Columbia Englewood Community
700 Medical Blvd.
Englewood
475-6571

HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital
3241 Proctor Rd.
Sarasota
921-8600

Manatee Memorial Hospital
206 Second St. E.
Bradenton
746-5111

Mediplex Rehabilitation Hospital
5627 Ninth St. E.
Bradenton
753-8941

Sarasota Memorial Hospital
1700 S. Tamiami Tr.
Sarasota
917-9000

BOOKS
Here are some books to provide information you may need in relocating or moving a business to Florida. For more books on Florida Real Estate - click here. For books on Florida retirement click here.

Adventure Guide to Florida's West Coast. This easy-to-use book is packed with practical information and enticing facts that make it fun to read: "Sarasota owes its development and artistic reputation to, ironically, the circus, which wintered there beginning in the late 1800s. In contrast to circus raucousness, however, John Ringling was a man swayed by esthetics. The art he loved had a bit of three-ring showiness to it, nonetheless, as shown by the baroque Italianate palace he built himself in Sarasota." A clean, attractive layout makes it easy to find what you're looking for within each of the book's six sections, whether it be suggestions for finding the best food, lodging, kayaking, fishing, or shopping; even driving directions are included.
 

The Law Of Florida Homeowners Associations: Single Family Subdivisions, Townhouse & Cluster Developments, Master Community Associations
by: Peter M. Dunbar, Charles F. Dudley
Peter M. Dunbar is a partner in the law firm of Pennington, Moore, Wilkinson, Bell & Dunbar, P.A., in Tallahassee, Florida. Mr. Dunbar is an Adjunct Professor at Florida State University College of Law and he has taught and lectured on associations and the law governing multi-family living since 1974. He is a member of the Florida Bar and an honors graduate from the College of Law at Florida State University.
 
The Condominium Concept: A Practical Guide For Officers, Owners And Directors Of Florida Condominiums
by: Peter M. Dunbar
 
Homesurfing.net
By Blanche Evans
The Insider's Guide to Buying and Selling Your Home Using the Internet
Finding a Job in Florida
By Bond L. Parkin

Consumer's Survival Guide/Florida Edition
By Patrick Comer

Florida Jobbank 1999
How to Form a Corporation, LLC, or Partnership in Florida
By W. Dean Brown

How to Form a Partnership in Florida : With Forms (Self-Help Law Kit With Forms)
By Edward A. Haman, Mark Warda 

How to Incorporate and Start a Business in Florida
By J. W. Dicks

Florida Mileage Chart

  Daytona Fort Lauderdale Jacksonville Key West Miami Naples Orlando Pensacola Saint Augustine Sarasota Tallahassee Tampa West Palm Beach
Daytona   235 89 414 257 244 54 426 55 186 235 139 192
Fort Lauderdale 235   320 180 25 105 209 631 280 203 445 234 43
Jacksonville 89 320   499 345 322 134 354 40 240 163 190 277
Key West 414 180 499   155 237 371 793 460 344 607 388 223
Miami 257 25 345 155   107 232 653 305 214 467 249 68
Naples 244 105 322 237 107   190 578 295 107 392 160 147
Orlando 54 209 134 371 232 190   428 105 132 242 85 166
Pensacola 426 631 354 793 653 578 428   385 471 191 426 588
Saint Augustine 55 280 40 460 305 295 105 385   230 200 180 240
Sarasota 186 203 240 344 214 107 132 471 230   285 54 174
Tallahassee 235 445 163 607 467 392 242 191 200 285   240 402
Tampa 139 234 190 388 249 160 85 426 180 54 240   193
West Palm Beach 192 43 277 223 68 147 166 588 240 174 402 193  

 

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