Puerto Ricans drawn to Sarasota

Puerto Ricans drawn to Sarasota (by Christina E. Sanchez, The Herald-Tribune - 4.9.07)

Florida's Puerto Rican population traditionally has been rooted along the Interstate 4 corridor in and around Orlando.

But that is changing, and Southwest Florida is feeling the effects, both with an increased Puerto Rican population and business presence.

Puerto Ricans are spreading out across Florida to places like Sarasota and Manatee in search of jobs, small-business opportunities, good schools and beaches that remind them of the island.