Local Information

LOCATION

The New College 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.

Lodging

We usually reserve a large block or blocks of rooms for conference attendees at one or two of the several national chain hotels in the airport/college neighborhood, at rates in the $150–200 range depending on current conditions. You are of course free to make your own housing arrangements, but we strongly advise early booking due to high demand: March is high season in Sarasota and local hotels fill up quickly.

Transport

Getting To & From Sarasota

Sarasota-Bradenton Airport (SRQ) is a delightful small airport 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

Sarasota is most easily navigated 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 bus network 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); ride-share services such as Uber and Lyft also function well in Sarasota.