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We are an organization of downtown business owners who care about economic growth that fosters the districts full potential as a premier and vibrant destination.

Quantity:1Name: DSEA MembershipPrice: 200Description: Annual Membership Fee
ANNUAL MEMBMERSHIP DUES200.00 USDDowntown Sarasota Enrichment Association

Meet the DSEA Board Members

  • Ron Soto, DSEA Founder & Director | Soto’s Optical
  • Darci Jacob, DSEA President & 7 Year Member | Shop Darci
  • Harmini Krusing Bens, DSEA Vice President, 7 Year Member & Serves on the Board of the Downtown Improvement District (DID) | Shop Lotus
  • Laura Kresl, DSEA Secretary & 7 Year Member | Pro It Out Marketing

The DSEA Coordinates and Advocates


  • We attend city commission meetings and campaign for the districts 2% self-tax (DID) be spent responsibly and on efforts within the DID area.
  • Sponsor and install holiday ornaments
  • Sponsor and decorate the Christmas Tree and Lighting Event in Five Points Park
  • Sponsor and coordinate NYE Pineapple Drop Block Party
  • Work with local promotors to delivery events to the district designed to increase foot traffic to the district
  • Implement a 365 day a year marketing campaign to promote downtown as a destination
  • Petition city leaders to maintain clean and safe city
  • Host community events designed to strengthen our local economy
  • Purchase assets such as the Christmas Tree, event barricades, etc.

30K and Counting: DSEA’s Spectacular Marketing Milestone!


The DSEA marketing campaign is designed to keep the downtown district on-top-of-mind as a destination for residents and travelers. Here’s a summary of our marketing outreach: 3,600 emails and 25,000 social media followers. The DSEA Google Page collects over 3,500 monthly engagements.

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The DSEA Google has collected 85 glowing reviews contributing to the websites overall SEO success.

ABOUT DSEA EVENTS


  • 1ST FRIDAY SIP & SHOP

    1st Friday Downtown Sarasota “Sip & Shop” Discover the charm of downtown Sarasota at our 1st Friday “Sip & Shop” event! From October 4, 2024, to April 4, 2025, join us every first Friday of the month from 4 PM to 7 PM for an evening of shopping, sipping, and dining.   Event Highlights Shopping:…

  • SRQ ROCKTOBERFEST – OCT. 11-13, 2024

    SRQ ROCKTOBERFEST 2024 Get ready for the ultimate fall celebration in downtown Sarasota! Join us for SRQ Rocktoberfest, running from Friday, Oct. 11th at 4 PM through Sunday, Oct. 13th, 2024 at 6 PM. Here’s everything you will need to know PARKING Event Highlights: Admission: FREE for everyone! Entertainment: All-day live music and performances to…

  • DOG-A-WEEN COSTUME CONTEST

    Previous Next DOG-A-WEEN 2024 Join us for a heartwarming event at the Sarasota Downtown Farmer’s Market for Dog-A-Ween 2024! Dress up your furry friends in their best costumes and bring them down for a fun-filled day that supports a great cause. The funds raised from Dog-A-Ween 2024 will directly benefit Donte’s Den, a local organization…