I have lived here in Sarasota for the past 3 years. We have nieces and nephews of that age range. Florida is an interesting place. The people who are born and stayed love it intensely. Sarasota as a city is a jewel amongst the Beach cities of the Gulf coast. Ideal for its spectacular beaches and easy access to water and water sports. A very expensive town but with some good private schools. Children used to growing up and running around in the grass may find it a bit of a change. The fireants in the grass are ferocious and produce welts. I have not had a problem with snakes, but you want to keep kids away from the ponds which all have gators. Culturally Sarasota is better than the other Florida towns as well.