Recently Sarasota unveiled a new Historical Marker.
This marker recognizes the first motel that was built on the beach on Lido Key. It was constructed in 1950.
Today it is a condominium with individual owners who rent their units to visitors. The owners have indicated they wish to keep the character of the 50's motel intact.
The scale and design of the Gulf Beach Resort Motel does remind visitors of an earlier, slower lifestyle enjoyed by Florida west coast visitors.
The motel is located on Ben Franklin Drive, Lido Key.