Englewood or Middle Beach as some people call it, is one of the best Florida beaches and the most directly accessible of the four beaches on Manasota Key.
In 1963, Manasota Beach consisted of a small beach (450 feet of Gulf frontage) with four concrete picnic shelters. Spoil from the construction of the ICW was pumped onto the bay side of Manasota Beach in the early 1960's, expanding the park. Additional beach was purchased by the County in the 1970's with financial assistance from a Land and Water Conservation Fund grant.
Englewood is a census-designated place (CDP) in Charlotte and Sarasota counties in the U.S. state of Florida. As of the 2010 census, it had a population of 14,863.
The Sarasota County portion of Englewood is part of the Bradenton–Sarasota–Venice Metropolitan Statistical Area, while the Charlotte County portion is part of the Punta Gorda Metropolitan Statistical Area.