Local Information

The conference is held in the Sudakoff Conference Center on the campus of the New College of Florida, the honors college of the Florida state system. The college, located on Sarasota Bay, is adjacent to the Sarasota-Bradenton Airport (code SRQ) and about 4 miles north of downtown Sarasota. Complimentary parking is available in the lots adjacent to the Sudakoff Center; parking permits will be included in attendee packets.

Conference Hotels

For 2020, we have arranged to house all attendees at the Holiday Inn Sarasota Airport (8009 15th Street East), with rates of $159 (standard) to $189 (suites). These rates are valid through 28 February 2020, but as ever we strongly advise early booking due to high demand: March is high season in Sarasota and local hotels fill up quickly. The Holiday Inn is 2.5 miles from the Sudakoff Center—around the other side of Sarasota Airport, so generally not within walking distance—but it provides free shuttle service to and from the airport and/or New College. (The HI staff have also promised to have regular shuttle(s) at times of high demand, such as 8-9am before sessions start.) The hotel offers a pool, restaurant, and free wifi. Click here to book online; you can also call the hotel directly at (941) 355-9000 and ask for the conference rate.

You are of course free to make your own housing arrangements; guidebooks and online resources provide many alternatives to those booked through the conference. Airbnb is often a good choice for those on a budget. March is high season in Sarasota, however, and demand is very high, so early booking is always recommended. 

Getting To & From Sarasota

Sarasota-Bradenton airport is within walking distance both of New College and numerous neighborhood hotels, many of which also offer shuttle service to and from the airport. Flights are also available into Tampa International Airport (TPA); however, Sarasota is an hour's drive from Tampa, so if you are flying into Tampa we recommend that you plan on renting a car as public transport connections are poor. Alternatively, van service from Tampa Airport to Sarasota Airport is available from SuperShuttle (approximately $75 per person one way). If you have more than one person, car services can be more cost-effective, as they charge marginally more (approx. $90-100) for up to 4 people.

Getting Around

Getting around Sarasota is easiest with a car; reasonably-priced rentals are available at both Sarasota and Tampa airports. For those without a car, route 2 and route 99 of the Sarasota County Area Transit run directly between New College and downtown Sarasota for a one-way fare of $1.25 (but please note that the last bus from downtown back to New College departs at 9 pm). For taxis, try Yellow Cab of Sarasota (941-955-3341) or DownTown Taxi Service (941-536-7855); Uber, Lyft, etc. also function well in Sarasota.

While You're Here

Sarasota is noted for its beautiful public beaches, theater, art and music. Average temperatures in March are a pleasant high of 77F/25C and a low of 57F/14C. The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, next door to New College, offers tours arranged for conference participants. A few further local attractions are listed below; as above, guidebooks and online resources will quickly supplement this list.

The Marie Selby Botanical Gardens
Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium
De Soto National Memorial
The Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
The Asolo Theatre

The Sarasota Ballet
The Sarasota Opera
The Sarasota Orchestra

Major League Baseball Spring Training:
the Pittsburgh Pirates (Bradenton) and Baltimore Orioles (Sarasota) are local, while the Devil Rays, Yankees, and Red Sox are all within an hour's drive.

If you are visiting with young children, the Ringling Museum has a great playground (and does not charge admission simply for access to the grounds). We also recommend the classic Jungle Gardens and Smuggler's Cove Mini-Golf (both right in the neighborhood of the College). With older kids (or none at all), you might also enjoy kayaking the mangrove tunnels of South Lido Key—several local companies offer equipment and/or guided tours out of Ted Sperling Park.