We have arranged a large block of rooms at the Holiday Inn Sarasota Airport (8009 15th Street East, 941-355-9000), which is offering conference attendees the rate of $189/night. Rates include breakfast, free wifi, and free local shuttle service (including to and from the airport and the New College campus). The hotel has a fitness center, indoor pool, and onsite restaurant. Reserve using our dedicated booking link by February 7th; rooms booked at the conference rate can be cancelled without penalty up until one day before arrival.
You are of course free to make your own housing arrangements; there are numerous other hotels (Marriott Courtyard, Hyatt Place, Hampton Inn, Kompose Hotel) within walking distance of campus. March is high season in Sarasota, however, so rates will be high and early booking is strongly recommended.
Special note for those considering booking accommodation on the keys: a new roundabout connecting Tamiami Trail to the John Ringling Bridge, which connects the mainland to Bird Key and Lido Key (and thence Longboat Key) is under construction. Traffic delays going out to and (especially) coming off the keys are very common, and will probably be worse in high season.