The Quadrantids Meteor Shower peaks on Jan. 2-3, 2013, and will last only a short time.
But you should be in for quite a show, as there may be 80 meteors per hour. The meteor shower is expected to "last only a few hours," according to NASA.com. That means you should look for it in the the night of Jan. 2-3, not the night of Jan. 3-4.
"Face the general direction of north-northeast, but take in as wide an expanse of sky as possible. Watch from about 2 a.m. until dawn," Earthsky writes.
If there is cloud cover in Sarasota-Bradenton, you can watch a Ustream feed of the meteor shower on Jan. 2-4 on NASA.com.
The beach is always a nice spot, away from the lights of the city. Do you have a favorite place to watch shooting stars?