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Siesta Key Sand, Sarasota County ©Author Adventures

Pulitzer Prize-winning author and journalist MacKinlay Kantor had a longtime home in Siesta Key, creating a hub for writers there, though his writer belongings are now in nearby Sarasota. Read more about MacKinlay Kantor here: britannica.com. A list of his books is here: fantasticfiction.com.

We suggest a visit to the MacKinlay Kantor exhibit at the Sarasota County History Center. Sarasota is on the west cost of Florida and has a population of approximately 57,000 residents while Siesta Key has a population of approximately 6,500.

Sarasota is a popular vacation destination with dozens of fun activities, like the Barnum & Bailey Museum, Olaf’s ice cream, Yoder’s Amish Village and swimming at the beach with its fine silky sand.

Other war correspondents like Kantor who lived in Florida island areas include Ernest Hemingway (Key West) and Ding Darling (Sanibel Island).

This is the third and final stop on Florida Trail #3!

Patricia Smart