SIESTA KEY (FOX 13) - Spring break is just around the corner and with it comes thousands of spring-breakers. Siesta Key is ready for them after making some upgrades along the beachfront.
Siesta Key's beautiful white beaches are why it's a top spot for visitors during the spring. Jim Vojtek and his wife Marilyn agree.
"We stay close to the water. We can just cross the street. We don't have to drive and we are there," said Marilyn.
Over the last few years, visitors began noticing the concession area was getting older and other necessities were lacking. So, the county designed and constructed a new park, picnic areas and concession spots.
"It was dated. They hadn't done anything for quite a long time," said Bruce Panor.
Also, offices for deputies and lifeguards are just steps away from the sand.
The improvements took two years and $21.5 million, and the end result is something the county says visitors won't want to miss.
"Everything has been refreshed and upgraded to modern standards. The beach park is in sync with the old architectural style. Everything is new and improved and perfect for our visitors and our citizens to enjoy," said Carolyn Brown the Director of Sarasota Co. Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources.
It has already caught the eye of many heading out to the beach.
"It is like night and day. It's really fantastic, what they did," said Panor.
With spring break just beginning, Siesta Key can expect quite a crowd.
"Who would want to miss all of this? It is great. It is fantastic," said Vojtek.