Like other barrier islands in this area Siesta Key (at least as a modern destination) is a relatively recent addition to the American history books.
From the 1800s and early 1900s, Siesta Key was known by a variety of names, including “Little Sarasota Key” and “Sarasota Key.” The first attempts to develop the key was by the Siesta Land Company in 1907 consisting of Harry Higel, Captain Louis Roberts, and E.M. Arbogast. The company platted the northern end of the key as "Siesta on the Gulf" as well as dredged bayous and built docks. The only access to Siesta Key was by boat or ferry until the first bridge connecting it to the mainland was completed in 1917. The bridge was later replaced in 1927 along with an addition of a second bridge located on the southern end of the key. The entire key was officially recognized as "Siesta Key" by 1952.
When I casually shared with a local acquaintance here that we planned to rally with a friend for lunch on Siesta Key she immediately expressed her approbation. Siesta Key has a varied reputation, including magnificent beaches (twice named the nation's best), many resources for a fine meal and a delightful collection of enviable residences. During our last visit there with our friend a month ago he introduced us to the charming architecture along Midnight Pass Road adjoining the Gulf of Mexico. The island is only 8-miles long but it is packed with endless attractions and amenities for both lifetime residents and transient visitors.
Our social meanderings over lunch (while perched above the white sandy beach and turquoise sea) took us from discussions of children and marriage to vintage automobiles to estate administration and the exigencies of age and evolution. We entertained the allure of certain retail outlets; explored the burdens of real estate ownership; quipped about the destiny of American politics; and conceded by unanimous agreement that we haven't anything about which to complain.