South Lido Park


South Lido Park

Location: South end of Ben Franklin Drive
Otto Schmidt Zoldan, a pioneer, settled on the southern tip of this key and in 1904 applied for a homestead. His claim, granted in 1910, included much of the land which became South Lido Park. Once known as Sarasota Key, the island was renamed Lido Key as part of the 1920's Ringling Isles development. The project created modern Lido Key from several small islands enhanced by millions of cubic yards of fill. Neither Ringling nor subsequent owners commercialized this fragile point. In 1974 the property was acquired after referendum by the County of Sarasota, and this park was established.

Sarasota County Parks & Recreation Department
Sarasota County Historical Commission 1986.