Love permeates Sarasota on February 14, and a true “love fest” can be found at Siesta Key Beach at sunset when hundreds of love birds gather at Sunset to “SAY I DO, AGAIN” here.

Since the 90’s, Sarasota County has hosted this yearly event that draws hundreds of couples (and singles) to gather on Siesta Key and Nokomis beaches to renew their vows as the sun sets on Feb. 14. This year, officials expect about 800 people on Siesta and 300 people on Nokomis Beach.

Check-in for the ceremony begins at 4:30 p.m., with activities beginning at 5 p.m. A non-denominational service begins at 6 p.m. Couples will also get a commemorative certificate, gift, flower and light refreshments.

Register for the Siesta Key “Say I Do Again” ceremony here and the Nokomis Beach by February 7.  The cost is $15 per couple in advance or $25 per couple on-site. Check-in for the ceremony begins at 4:30 p.m., with activities starting at 5 p.m. A non-denominational service begins at 6 p.m.

Couples can also get more information on the event by calling 941-861-PARK(7275).

Top 5 Romantic Restaurants on Valentine’s Day

If renewing vows isn’t your thing for Valentine’s Day, food undoubtedly is loved and bonds all. Head to one of the following 5 romantic restaurants this Valentine’s Day, but make reservations soon as there are a lot of hungry love birds out there wanting to wine and dine. Consider:

AMORE ITALIAN/PORTUGUESE RESTAURANT 180 N.Lime Avenue, near downtown Sarasota

D’CORATO RISTORANTE  322 S. Washington Blvd., downtown Sarasota

4155 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota

INDIGENOUS,  239 S. Links Avenue


2033 Vamo Way, South Sarasota (off S. Tamiami Trail)

Andrea Martone

Andrea Martone is a former Arts & Entertainment Editor for the Sarasota Observer Newspaper Group, as well as a former Editor-in-Chief of a Long Island (New York) newspaper chain. She moved to Sarasota 14 years ago after working as an executive in NYC in public relations and marketing. She currently is a Public relations & marketing consultant and President of Insightful PR. She lives and breathes all things art, culture, music food and wine and is proud to be the Executive Editor of Sarasota Events Calendar.

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