SARASOTA COUNTY – Siesta Key is now feeling the breeze. In the form of a free, open–air circulator debuting Monday.

“It has taken a long time to get this thing going. We’ve always had bus service down here but the residents have always come to us and said we would like more of a fun type vehicle,” says Director of SCAT Rocky Burke.

And they got their wish. The Siesta Key Breeze will replace route 10 and will circulate from the Siesta Key Village on the north end with Turtle Beach to the south. A trolley will be available every 20 minutes during peak periods and 30 during non–peak.

“We’ve got it set up right now to run at 8 and finish at midnight. So, again, with it being a pilot project if we need to adjust those hours somewhat, we can do those kinds of things,” says Burke.

As Burke said, it is a pilot project. So, it will run for 6 months. Kendra Keiderling, who is in charge of marketing and customer service for SCAT, says the response has been amazing, and the goal now is get people to ride.

“We will definitely encourage ridership and once we do determine ridership is definitely valid we’ll look forward to extending this pilot program,” says Keiderling.

There’s nothing quite like the nostalgia feeling of taking a trolley to the beach. And if that isn’t enough….

“We have music playing, the Beach Boys. We encourage folks to bring their beach chairs with them and their coolers. Then go from the village to the beach and all the way down to Turtle Beach,” says Keiderling.

Most importantly it’s aimed to take some stress of the crowded roadways that surround the United States’ number one beach. So when you’re on the key feel free to….

“Ride the breeze. Feel the breeze in your hair,” says Keiderling.

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