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Siesta Beach #1

27 May 2011 Posted by Marcia Salkin in Siesta Key

Siesta Beach #1 .  The crystal white sands of Siesta Beach has been voted the #1 Beach in the Country!!!

Siesta Beach in Sarasota No. 1 in nation on list by ‘Dr. Beach’

Siesta Key Beach

By TOM BECNEL

SARASOTA – The powdery white shoreline of Siesta Key just got the ultimate seal of approval from “Dr. Beach.”Siesta Beach was ranked No. 1 in the nation today in the annual survey by Dr. Stephen Leatherman, director of the Laboratory for Coastal Research at Florida International University.

“The sand is like sugar,” Leatherman said. “Some people can’t believe it. It’s super soft, super fine. They claim to have the finest, whitest sand in the world, and I can’t argue with that.”

For the past two years, Siesta was ranked No. 2 in the survey. Now local tourism officials can boast of the top spot.

“This is absolutely the best thing we could ever hear,” said Virginia Haley, president of the Sarasota Convention and Visitors Bureau. “We know we’ll be on national TV in the morning. Live shots across the country.”

On Thursday afternoon, visitors to Siesta weren’t surprised by early news of the No. 1 ranking.

“Every time I see it, it’s like the first time,” said Shelley Harman of Dayton, Ohio. “The sand is like powdered sugar under your feet. And it’s clean and the water’s clean. It’s just awesome.”

A dozen tourists from Buffalo raved about Siesta, too. They’re staying at a beach hotel in Clearwater, but still made the drive down to Sarasota.

“We told our friends, we’re going down to Siesta Beach,” said Dennis Walczak. “That’s the top…