About the Sarasota Downtown Merchants Association

Microsoft Word - SDMACalendar.docxThe Sarasota Downtown Merchants Association (SDMA) works to enhance downtown Sarasota as a premier retail destination with a vibrant merchant community. Volunteers work together to create a rewarding shopping, dining and entertainment experience in Sarasota, Florida.

See How the SDMA is Bringing Out the Best in Downtown Sarasota!

Improvements & Enhancements

  • SMDA has collaborated with the Downtown Improvement District (DID), receiving matching funds to finance local initiatives and projects.
  • SDMA has successfully petitioned the City of Sarasota to clean downtown Sarasota’s sidewalks.
  • SDMA has installed decorative lights in Five Points Park and along Main Street.
  • SDMA hosts a variety of events throughout the year, attracting thousands of visitors to downtown Sarasota, using funds raised for city-wide improvements.
  • SDMA is working toward installing colorful banners on Main Street’s now-empty light posts.
  • SDMA is currently writing a grant to acquire funds for additional improvements in downtown Sarasota.

Security & Protection

  • SDMA members have attended city meetings numerous times to promote resolution of crime and vagrancy issues on Main Street and beyond.
  • SDMA has hired private security to enforce safety and control vagrancy in downtown Sarasota.
  • SDMA has purchased sidewalk signs to discourage community residents and visitors from supporting panhandling.
  • SDMA has developed a “Downtown Cares” collection box program to raise funds to help the homeless on city streets.
  • SDMA has purchased barricades to block off streets during events, ensuring pedestrian safety.

Join the SDMA and Become a Part of the Community Effort to Improve Downtown Sarasota! Click here to send us your information and we will happy to contact you!

Advertise in The VOICE of the Downtown Merchants!

Are you looking for an AFFORDABLE way to advertise your business? Why not consider placing an ad in the only publication that exclusively serves the merchants of downtown Sarasota?

The VOICE of the Downtown Merchants is a magazine published by the Sarasota Downtown Merchants Association.The VOICE - MARCH 2016 ISSUE - COVER

In each issue of The VOICE of the Downtown Merchants, you will find:

  • Profiles of Downtown Businesses
  • Interviews with the “Movers & Shakers” of Our Community
  • Restaurant Profiles
  • Merchant Spotlights
  • Upcoming Events in Downtown Sarasota
  • Our City: One-on-One Conversations with City and County Officials
  • Contests & Prizes
  • And So Much More!

Funds from the publication of The VOICE help to support all of the downtown events sponsored by the Sarasota Downtown Merchants Association.

If you are interested in advertising in The VOICE of the Downtown Merchants, simply fill out the form below, and we will get in touch with you!




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