FLOR500, Garden 409 A. B. Edwards, Civic Leader (1874–1969) A. B. Edwards spent most of his life promoting Sarasota. He helped lead its metamorphosis into a modern city, and became its first mayor. Edwards worked with the group that successfully lobbied for Sarasota to be separated from Manatee County in 1921. In 1925, Edwards built the Edwards Theater on North Pineapple. He has been called Sarasota’s most outstanding native son. His vision, practical interests, and tireless promotion to improve Sarasota helped create the community.
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