FLOR500, Garden 435 John Ringling, Circus Leader, Developer (1866–1936) John Ringling saw Sarasota’s potential as a tourist destination and he set out to make significant changes through land development, especially on Lido Key, St. Armand’s Key, and Longboat Key. John Ringling and associate, Owen Burns, built the Ringling Causeway and bridge to St. Armand’s Key. He then donated these to Sarasota. The Ringling Museum was completed in 1929. When he died, he left the art museum with all its contents and his home Ca d’Zan to the State of Florida.
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