July is not the fashionable time to be in Sarasota. Some of the restaurants close. Many of the year-round residents book flights to the north. With the exception of fashionable St. Armands Circle, you needn’t worry about crowds.
It’s also difficult to go anywhere without getting wet. This year the usual summer monsoon season — a daily pattern of sparkling mornings and short, drenching late-afternoon rains — has somehow transmuted into rain that is random or just plain unrelenting. It is so unrelenting, in fact, that a waitress complains. The constant rain, she says, has made customers (and tips) scarce at the Bearded Clam Waterfront Restaurant and Tiki Bar.
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