The much anticipated and needed
Lido Beach restoration project to replenish sand lost during Tropical
Storm Debby began Thursday, January 15, 2015. Dredging will be ongoing
24 hours a day 7 days a week until the project is scheduled to be
completed in mid-March.
Lido Beach is open during the activity with
only small areas cordoned off for safety as they progress south from the
public beach. The concession stand is still open 7 days a week and the
pool is open Tuesday - Sunday.
Barges and pumps can be seen offshore of Lido Beach as dredging gets
North Lido Beach
Beach is located on Lido Key, one quarter mile northwest
of St. Armands Circle, off of John Ringling Blvd.
The beach is easy to get to and very private. Please
note that there are no lifeguards on duty at this beach
and the currents are very swift.
is located on Lido Key, one half mile southwest of St.
Armand's Circle, on Ben Franklin Drive.
The beach's amenities
- rest rooms
- gift shop
- meeting room
- playground equipment
- handicapped accessible
- beach umbrella and
- parking for 400 cars
- heated swimming pool
Pool open 10am-4:45pm Tues - Sun. $4/day for adults.
$2/day children, ages 4-11 and seniors 55+ (tax
(Available at the main Pavilion, beach walkovers and
sidewalk entrances along Ben Franklin Drive north of
the main public beach.)
Seabreeze Concession or Lido Beach Restaurant at Lido Public Beach serves very good food. Not your
typical beach concession or greasy spoon that you might expect. All
food is cooked to order. Hot and cold sandwiches, burgers, dogs,
fries, etc. are available. Here is their fish taco special served
weekly that includes fresh made guacomole and pico de gallo. Prices
are very reasonable on all food items. In addition to food the
concession serves beer & wine. Prices are lower than you will find
at nearby beachfront hotel bars. The only restriction on alcohol on
Sarasota beaches are no glass containers are permitted. Call in your
food order ahead or from your beach chair 941-388-0400
The Lido Casino
nearly 30 years the Lido Beach Casino attracted residents and
tourists for pool and Gulf swimming, dining, dancing, shopping, and
enjoying the beach. Activities such as swim meets, beauty pageants,
and school and social events, were held here.
The exceptional Art Deco style casino, designed by renowned
architect, Ralph Twitchell, was recognized in part for its cast
concrete seahorses, glass block, and murals of tropical scenes.
The City of Sarasota acquired the necessary land from the John
Ringling Estate and secured federal funds from the WPA for
construction of the casino. More than 1,000 people attended the
formal opening in December 1940. The city considered renovating the
casino in the 1960's, but unfortunately had it torn down in 1969 and
replaced it with a smaller building.
Park is located on Ben Franklin Drive at the southern
tip of Lido Key. The park is bordered by four bodies of
water; The Gulf of Mexico, Big Pass, Sarasota Bay, and
The southern beach portion of the park offers views of
the skyline of downtown Sarasota and the Gulf. It
features a picnic area shaded by Australian Pines.
At a separate facility at the north end of the park,
visitors can enjoy a nature trail which includes scenic
overlooks and boardwalks.
park's amenities include:
observation tower and decks
are on duty during weekends from Memorial Day to Labor
swimming, be sure to stay in the marked swim area and do
not swim out past the swim buoy. Boaters: Be sure to
stay well outside the marked swim area. Operation of
motorized watercraft inside the swim area is illegal and
where lifeguards are on duty you'll find information on
water conditions and temperatures.
Be sure to pay attention to the flags flying and their
color: See the chart below.