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ONE PLANK REMOVED & ANNA MARIA CITY PIER IS ONE PLANK CLOSER TO REBUILD

Nine months ago today, Hurricane Irma whipped through the state of Florida leaving behind countless, unwelcome memories. While most areas in Florida were spared catastrophic damages, the historic 678 foot Anna Maria City Pier built in 1911 did not fare so well. Days following Hurricane Irma, the pier was deemed unsafe and closed to the public. The tin roof was torn off the bait shop and there was significant damage to the restaurant and to the wooden planking. An engineering assessment was completed and in October 2018 the city commission voted for the City Pier to be torn down and rebuilt from scratch. At that time the new 4.5 million dollar pier, bait shop and restaurant re-opening date was slated for late 2019.
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Demolition discussions have been ongoing and on Wednesday, June 6, 2018 a contract with Speeler & Associates was signed. According to Anna Maria Mayor Murphy work is to begin shortly and the contract calls for the demo to be completed on or before September 30. If you’re planning a visit to the pier you can expect to see the pier fenced off with barge-based cranes positioned at the end of the pier.
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As for the plank removal, local contractor Frank Agnelli and his crew from Agnelli Pools Ned Construction and Mason Martin Builders are scheduled to begin pulling the engraved pier planks in late June. For those who formally requested their plank be returned, it has been reported that pick-up will begin on July 2nd. The planks can be picked up at Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive. Any unclaimed planks will be stored and used to build memorial walls at City Pier Park and in the historical park near the Anna Maria Island Historical Society Museum.
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The Anna Maria City Pier was an attraction on its own and the vast majority of the people who visited the pier never even entered the restaurant. With breathtaking views of Tampa Bay you could enjoy a stroll any time of the day or watch a spectacular Florida sunset. The Anna Maria City Pier was always a favourite gathering place for locals galore and a place where it was easy for tourists to feel welcome. Whether you were fishing, having a drink at the bar, shopping for jewelry or listening to live music at night, the pier holds a special meaning to so many.
For now, all we can do is watch as the old planks are removed with anticipation and a vision of walking on the brand new planks in 2019 and envision the what the new city pier will look like.

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CELEBRATING INDEPENDENCE DAY ON ANNA MARIA ISLAND — July 4, 2018

Fourth of July — a celebration of the signing of the Declaration of Independence dating back to July 4, 1776. On that date in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the Continental Congress approved the Declaration of Independence and formed the United States of America.
The Fourth of July has emerged to be much more than just a historic date as Americans celebrate the holiday in various ways. Even for people from all over the world, Fourth of July is one of the most talked about occasions.
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In order to celebrate the Fourth of July with as much patriotism as possible, many Americans like to have picnics, barbecues or family reunions followed by fireworks and are sure to have the American flag waving outside their homes.
While others are celebrating in every corner of the land each year our family looks forward to celebrating Independence Day on Anna Maria Island. The annual Anna Maria Island Privateers parade signals the start to what is always a fun filled day. The 2016 parade was attended by 20,000 Parade Watchers with 115 Parade Entries and over 850 participants. The 7 mile parade route begins at 10:00 am from Coquina Beach in Bradenton Beach (South Entrance) proceeding along Gulf Drive and ending at the City Pier in Anna Maria. It passes right in front of our condo – Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals – 601 Gulf Dr. N. Anna Maria Island, Florida 34217 so getting a spot is never a problem and front row viewing is guaranteed.
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Following the parade, we like most others love spending the day at the beach. To honour the day you can spot me wearing my red, white and blue swimsuit. You will find our beach relatively quiet compared to the public beaches on the Island that are packed with people socializing and looking to catch some rays before the evening fireworks.
Following a nice day at the beach it’s then barbecue time with our American friends. We pull out our beach chairs and gather around the pool side grill. Many of our friends have their own Fourth of July recipes that they share with us and we enjoy year after year. As Canadians we like the idea of celebrating the occasion with red, white and blue foods. My favourite to make is a white parfait topped with blueberries and strawberries. Traditionally it’s blue lemonade for the kids and red or blue cocktails for the adults. I let my imagination go a bit wild at our Fourth of July celebration showing patriotism for all Americans.
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Pretty much every city in America has a fireworks celebration and the Anna Maria Island fireworks display rates right up there with the best. The Sandbar Restaurant, 100 Spring Avenue, Anna Maria will be hosting its 32nd Annual Sandbar Restaurant Fireworks Spectacular. If you plan to go there for dinner seating at the restaurant is first come, first served. The fireworks display begins after dark, weather permitting and is is free. We will be travelling to the Sandbar firework display on the Free Island Trolley or Island Beach Monkey, tip only service. If you have questions or need assistance we are always happy to help, so please contact us.
With lots to do on Anna Maria Island go out and celebrate the founding of America. If you, like us are not American, join in the fun enjoying quality time with friends and family.
Book your next vacation with Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals and be part of our 4th of July celebrations.
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SEARCHING FOR PINK FLAMINGOS IN FLORIDA

Since buying our first condo in 1995 on Anna Maria Island, I have formed a mental image of seeing a wild flamingo. The flamingo is one of Florida’s famous trademarks and even today I still hold that image and think that by some miracle I will see a flamingo flying overhead or prancing nearby on one of our beach walks. Realistically, I know Flamingos are actually quite rare in the Sunshine State of Florida, although they did once inhabit the southernmost point of Florida about a century ago. Now they can only be seen at zoos and conservation areas. Although, recently reported on Feb. 21, 2108 in a paper published in the journal, the Candor, a team of South Florida researchers made the case that the conventional scientific wisdom of almost a century is wrong. They say, Florida in fact has flamingos – real birds, not the plastic kind. Until we know more,  I will suggest one place in our area to go see a real flamingo and that is Sarasota’s Jungle Gardens (about a 20 minute drive from Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals – 601 Gulf Dr. N. Anna Maria Island, Florida 34217

After giving up my arduous search of a pink flamingo, I did get to see some true Florida pink birds, the Roseate Spoonbills at nearby Robinson Preserve. The roseate spoonbill is a large wading bird and just as pink as a flamingo. Not as tall or as svelte as the flamingo, their body is similarly light pink with an almost coral hue and the tips of their wings are a bright reddish pink. While the flamingo has a distinct down turned black bill the spoonbill’s bill is shaped like a long spoon. Both the flamingo and the spoonbill are social animals and live in large groups. On our hike through the preserve we found some spoonbills in a shallow muddy area and watched them “fish” underwater with their spoon shaped bill to catch insects and crustaceans.

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We have found Robinson Preserve a great place to see the Roseate Spoonbills in Florida, specifically in the Anna Maria Island area. The best place to see spoonbills is on the 2.1 mile trail which is appropriately named “Spoonbill Trail” and where we found spoonbills looking for their dinner. While walking through the preserve, you’ll enjoy some of the best birding on Florida’s Gulf Coast, no matter the time of day. With trails for hikers, cyclists, and paddlers to explore, this family-friendly preserve is an excellent coastal destination. A variety of birds and wildlife can be seen throughout the preserve with its 637 acres of preserved coastal wetlands.

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I do not consider myself to be a true bird watcher, I do not know the names of many of the birds I see, but I do get excited when I sight some of the beautiful, unique birds that inhabit this area. I was especially excited to see these flamingo look-a-likes on our recent trip and couldn’t wait to tell our family and friends. Whether you are a true birder or someone like me that enjoys nature, Robinson Preserve with around 100 species of birds is a great place for Florida bird-watching. And, maybe one day my image will become a reality and I will see a Pink Flamingo!

Robinson Preserve is located at — 1704 99th St. NW, Bradenton, FL 34209

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TRAVELLING TO ANNA MARIA ISLAND  VIA AIR ALLEGIANT TO SARASOTA-BRADENTON (SRQ)

We try to make booking your vacation with Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals – 601 Gulf Dr. N. Anna Maria Island, Florida 34217 as easy as possible and welcome your feedback. We know travel plans can be daunting and booking a flight is no exception. I personally have spent countless hours searching for the most affordable, yet convenient flights.

We are excited to learn that beginning this month, April 2018 Allegiant Air will be flying in and out of Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport offering year round service with some non-stop flights. The Las Vegas-based ultra-low-cost carrier announced year-round service beginning in April to Indianapolis International Airport, Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport and Pittsburgh International Airport. For the past six years passengers have been making 1 or 2 stops travelling from Sarasota/Bradenton will now be able to fly nonstop to Cincinnati and Indianapolis.

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Allegiant Air celebrated their inaugural flight at Sarasota Bradenton International Airport on Wednesday, April 11, 2018.

The flight arrived from Indianapolis. There was a welcome celebration that began at 9:00 am with the Airport Fire Department performing the water cannon salute for arriving passengers.

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This is one announcement we found: The new year-round routes to Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport (SRQ) include:

1. Indianapolis via Indianapolis International Airport (IND) – beginning Wednesday, with fares as low as $84.

2. Pittsburgh via Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT) – beginning Wednesday, with fares as low as $92.

3. Cincinnati via Cincinnati / Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG) – beginning Friday, with fares as low as $83.

I’m certain with one-way tickets starting at under $50. this low-cost option will see the number of travellers into Sarasota-Bradenton increase exponentially.

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This is certainly good news for our guests as the Sarasota Bradenton Airport (SRQ) is only a 20 minute drive from Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals. We have flown into SRQ many times and love the easy access and convenience. Short and long term term parking are available directly across from the terminal. When picking up arriving passengers your first 30 minutes is free and 31-40 minutes is only $2.00. There are car rental services on-site. The terminal itself is beyond visitor friendly alleviating the stress that can accompany even the most seasoned traveller.

Electric Vehicle? SRQ provides four level-2 EV charging stations. The stations are complimentary in the short term parking lot.

Possibly this new Allegiant deal will prompt some other airlines to make the move to fly into Sarasota-Bradenton. For example, low cost-airlines Frontier and Spirit, might see the potential growth and demand in Sarasota-Bradenton. They and even some traditional airlines could be next on the line-up of airlines flying into Sarasota-Bradenton Airport. Allegiance has suggested they are exploring additional flights into Sarasota-Bradenton which just might encourage existing airlines to add additional routes.

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FREE TRANSPORTATION ON ANNA MARIA ISLAND

Over the years many of our guests of Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals – 601 Gulf Dr. N. Anna Maria Island, Florida, 34217 have asked if they need a car during their stay. The answer is no and we are happy to provide the following transportation suggestions for those without a personal car to use.
Anna Maria Island offers several means of transportation.
You can travel FREE from one end of the Island to the other with Anna Maria Island Trolley Service. Operating 365 days a year from six in the morning until ten thirty at night running every 20 minutes you will see green Anna Maria Island Trolleys traveling up and down the entire length of Anna Maria Island. Daily service runs from the Anna Maria City Pier which is the northern part of the Island, to Coquina Beach at the south. There are many stops all over the Island, with a stop right out front of Anna Maria Condo Rentals. You will find Trolley stops every two to four blocks and most have covered seating while you wait. Trolleys are air conditioned and some offer open air-seating.
You can continue on to surrounding areas, including Bradenton, Longboat Key and Sarasota with MCAT (Manatee County Area Transit). MCAT connects with the FREE Anna Maria Island Trolley and you can get on the Long Boat Key Trolley and for .75 cents, ride it all the way to Sarasota and back. MCAT (Manatee County Area Transit) partners with SCAT (Sarasota County Area Transit) in operating the Longboat Key Trolley from Coquina Beach on Anna Maria Island to downtown Sarasota via Longboat Key and St. Armand’s Circle. Daily service runs from 5:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. every 60 minutes. Trolleys offer both air conditioned and open-air seating. The Longboat Key trolley does not operate on major holidays.

Check the Map and Trolley Schedule for Anna Maria Island and neighboring beaches.

• Anna Maria Island Trolley Schedule
• Long Boat Key Trolley Schedule
• Beach Express Trolley Schedule

Island Beach Monkeys (941-565-6542) is another FREE transportation service. Their drivers, all Island residents work for tips only. I think the advantage of this service over the Trolley is the hours of operation. Their service runs Noon – 3am, 7 days a week and 24 hour service is offered by appointment. Their fleet includes an 8 passenger Golf Cart Limo, two mini-buses, an SUV. And even have a karaoke-equipped vehicle. They offer service to individuals and groups. Need a ride to dinner, run errands or tour Anna Maria Island the Island Beach Monkey is available to drive you wherever you need to go. You are not limited to just Anna Maria Island, they will also transport you to downtown Bradenton Cortez and Siesta Key. Want to go shopping to the Ellenton Outlet Mall? Well, they will take you there! You can also pre-book trips to the Tampa Bay and the Sarasota area. Island Beach Monkeys is fun means of transportation on or around Anna Maria Island.

Golf Cart Rentals is another means of transportation, but not Free. This type of transportation deserves its own article so please check our future blogs for information.

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FERRY SERVICE TO ANNA MARIA ISLAND

The Bradenton Beach Pier just a five minute walk from Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals – 601 Gulf Dr. N. Anna Maria Island, Florida, 34217
An Anna Maria Island ferry service was originally slated to begin service January 2018. Due to docking issues the start date was moved to a possible spring 2018 date and presently there is no word on when the service will begin. The new ferry operated by Paradise Boat Tours was to ferry passengers from the Historic Bridge Street Pier in Bradenton Beach to downtown Bradenton and Sarasota is on hold until docking issues are resolved in Bradenton Beach. We earnestly hope the issue is resolved soon, as water service to and from Anna Maria Island is a much wanted and needed service for both tourists and residents of the Island.
As car-less options to Anna Maria Island grow in popularity, another ferry operator is interested in establishing business with the Island. This particular service would be mid-way on Anna Maria Island in Holmes Beach. The Tampa Bay Ferry & Taxi headquartered in Madeira Beach have lobbied to establish a link with a landing spot in Holmes Beach. Captain Hubbard, a fourth-generation ferry operator whose family business dates to 1928 has been trying since 2013 to establish ferry service to Anna Maria Island. At the Holmes Beach Commission meeting March 13, 2018, Corey Hubbard of Tampa Bay Ferry & Taxi addressed the officials with the option she and her father, Capt. Mark Hubbard, want to provide. Ms. Hubbard spoke that with their company’s background as a pleasure cruise operator, the suggested ferry route is an opportunity to alleviate congestion and give visitors and residents an option of travelling to and from Anna Maria Island without sitting in bumper-to-bumper traffic. Travelling by car from Anna Maria Island to St. Petersburg without traffic normally takes one hour. I know I am not the only one that has experienced double the normal travel times from Anna Maria Island to the St. Petersburg area due to traffic issues. In my opinion, the Ferry service would provide a nice option for our guests of Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals and we are certainly on board.
 
The Hubbard’s proposal is this:
The ferry would dock at Waterline Marina Resort, 5325 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, serving the downtown area. They would board up to 49 people at the resort at $30 a head at 9 a.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays, arriving at Fort De Soto in about 40 minutes and later embarking for Egmont Key. The ferry would return to Holmes Beach at 4 p.m.
The General Manager of the Waterline Resort, Sandy Zinck, has confirmed the need for a ferry service as well as the interest to move forward if the council approve it.
As well, Terri Kinder, President of the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce, seems interested. During a phone interview with The Islander Newspaper Ms. Kinder showed interest in assisting transportation to Anna Maria Island.
The Holmes Beach Commision is considering the proposal and will put the ferry project on their agenda soon. If approved, Hubbard is ready to launch the program within a week.
The service both projects will provide to Holmes Beach and Bradenton Beach suggest some exciting times ahead.
We will keep you posted!
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EASTER 2018 ANNA MARIA ISLAND

Anna Maria Island is a busy place with spring breakers arriving and spring on the horizon.

Easter arrives early this year and the Island is gearing up with fun activities for the whole family. Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals – 601 Gulf Dr. N. Anna Maria Island, Florida 34217 suggest our guests partake in the following holiday events that are a short drive from the condo or you can take the free Island Trolley.

At the North end of the Island the 32nd Annual Sandbar Easter Egg Hunt will be held on Saturday, March 31st. At the Sandbar restaurant refreshments will be served in the Pavilion starting at 8:30 am with the Easter Egg Hunt beginning at 9:00 am sharp. The Egg Hunt takes place directly on the beach and each child must bring his or her own basket to place their eggs in.

Following the egg hunt the Easter Bunny will lead his Walking Parade down Pine Avenue to the 9th Annual Easter Egg Roll and Easter Bonnet Contest. There will be entertaining activities like face painting, colouring and egg rolling between 9:30 am and 12:00 pm. Have fun with your family and friends and have your picture taken with the Easter Bunny. Compliments of the Sandbar will be Mimosas, sausage biscuits and frittatas. And, don’t miss the yummy cupcakes from Hometown Desserts. There will be prizes for the Egg roll and bonnet contest which are sponsored by The Sandbar Restaurant, Anna Maria Sun Newspaper and PAR.On the South end of the island the Mar Vista Dockside Restaurant in Longboat Key is a offering plenty of fun for everyone. The 30th Annual Mar Vista Easter Egg Hunt will take place on Saturday, March 31st at 10:00 am sharp. Come meet the Easter Bunny and please make sure your children bring their baskets. Light refreshments will be served.

RELIGIOUS CELEBRATION – Kiwanis Sunrise Service

This is a great way to start your Easter Sunday. Watch the sunrise as you join in prayer. 


Anna Maria Island churches come together for the Kiwanis Club’s 49th Annual Sunset Service on Easter Sunday, April 1, 2018 6:30 AM at the Manatee County Public Beach.
All funds collected will be divided equally among the following participating churches: Crosspoint Fellowship, Roser Community Church, Gloria Demi Lutheran, St. Bernard Catholic Church. Organizations benefitting from this event are programs such as Feeding Empty Tummies, The Manatee Outreach Programs, and the Catholic Faith Appeal Outreach program of the Diocese of Venice and others.
Music by Daniel Paul Anzaldo, accompanied by Drew Thomas.
Reverend Dee deMontmollin, of the Episcopal Church of the Annunciation will deliver the invocation and Rev. Ed Moss, of Crosspointe Fellowship, will be giving the sermon, “Because of The Resurrection.” Rev. Stephen King, of Harvey Memorial Church, and the Rev. Gary Batey, of Roser Community Church, will share Easter Scripture with the gathering. The offertory prayer will be given by The Reverend Rosemary Backer, of the Gloria Dei Lutheran Church and Father Michael Mullen, of St. Bernard Catholic Church, will give the Blessed Sacrament.
Easter Sunday come pray on the beach, everyone is welcome.
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FAVOURITE 5 BARS ON ANNA MARIA ISLAND

All of these bars are a five minute walk or approximately 10 minute drive from Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals – 601 Gulf Dr. N. Anna Maria Island, Florida 34217.

As well, you can ride the Free Island Trolley to all of them.

All of these bars are a five minute walk or approximately 10 minute drive from Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals.

As well, you can ride the Free Island Trolley to all of them.

1.  Doctors Office – 5313 Holmes Blvd. Holmes Beach, FL 
The bar is intimate and dark with interesting decor and black and white movies playing in the back room.
*Reviews – 1. The bar is a MUST when visiting Anna Maria Island. Our bartender Sherry was awesome! Super friendly and gave great drink recommendations! The menu is super fun and witty, you can tell a lot of thought when into creating this unique atmosphere. My friends and I ordered a ton of small plates, everything was great. Hard to pick a favorite but I really enjoyed the pimento cheese spread and the tacos! After several drinks we thought it would be fun to order the Fire and Ice beverage. It’s served on fire in a giant bowl….it was awesome!

10/10 would visit again, I wish I was there right now!

2. You must stop here when on Anna Maria Island. It is tiny, intimate place with superb service and top-notch drinks. Stopped in on a Friday night and it was busy. After waiting awhile the four of us were able to get a seat at the bar.

Sherry, our bartender, was friendly, accommodating and was able to point us in the right directions regarding drink choices and menu selections. She was the BEST!
We ordered almost all the small plates that the Doctors Office offers and my favorite was the beer cheese and the charcuterie (get the lavender goat cheese!)
If you’re looking for a place with a great selection of well mixed drinks…look no further!
3. A must place to visit when on Anna Maria Island. Excellent, delicious and creative cocktails. Bartenders are skilled and very knowledgeable. Beer and wines also on menu as well as creative small bites.
2. Island Time Bar & Grill – 111 Gulf Drive S. Bradenton Beach, FL 
Laid back setting with an open-air bar; lots of seating inside and an outdoor patio. Happy hour, late night food, live entertainment. Dancing!
*Reviews – 1. Great, convenient place on Bridge Street. Met Jay on my first day there, who allowed me to hang out with my luggage until my apartment was ready. Went back everyday during my vacation and found that all of the staff were just as friendly as he was. Shout out to Stephanie, Hailey (good luck on your new position there; I’m sure you’ll do fine!), and the girl with the cool earrings. Sorry, I forgot your name. 😉 Food was excellent both downstairs in the laidback area as well as the upstairs, little more dressy restaurant. Great job, Island Time! You’ve earned a patron for life!
2. Had some great live music pretty reasonable beers and Cocktails nice sitting along the ocean just across the street fun place for all ages of adults.
3. Nice laid back place just off the gulf. Listening to some great music and relaxing. C’mon down
3Bridge Tender Inn– 135 Bridge Street Bradenton Beach, FL 
Large restaurant on Bridge Street close to the Bradenton Beach Pier. with lots of bar seating inside and at the dockside bar. You will find great food, drinks and live music.
*Reviews– 1. One of the best places on Anna Maria Island. The staff are always friendly and helpful. The dockside bar offers a great view of beautiful Sarasota Bay and the Bradenton Beach Pier.
2. From the moment you step in to the moment you exit, you are treated with love. Had not visited the “Dock Side” of Ana Maria yet and was pleasantly surprised to walk in whilst wearing my twinkling New York style cap and shimmering top which caught the attention of the lovely owner. Cocktails are fine and appetizers big. Had order 2 thinking it would not be enough to satisfy my hunger. Ended up taking a doggie bag. Great atmosphere, live music, and attention. Thank you!
3. Great outside or inside seating. The outside bar is a great place to hang out. They usually have some form of entertainment. One of our favorites. The mix of locals, visitors, boaters always makes for a fun time. The duck with raspberry sauce is terrific and the sashimi is always a great starter.

4. Slim’s Place – 9701 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria, FL 
Located in the heart of Anna Maria Island is offers the most traditional Anna Maria Island experience. It is a sports bar by reputation, there is much more here than what meets the eye. You will hear some of the best stories from the locals while enjoying the wonderful atmosphere of the Island.
*Reviews –  1. Good, solid pizza bar. Waitresses and bartenders were friendly and attentive. Pizza was delicious, even though a bit pricey. High energy level on Saturday evenings.
2. Wonderful service. Food was awesome. Cheesesteak was great, Mac and cheese great. Pizza is good too. Had a grilled shrimp app that was tasty. Best place on the island to find your sporting event on tv. Plenty of space and parking. Will definitely come back.
3. Solid local bar & grill. The atmosphere is very laid back, with slightly older patrons. Good, fast service. Sunday ticket for NFLgames, $3 yuengling or buds. Great wings & olive tapenade, hummus, sampler. Kids menu available.
5. The Ugly Grouper – 5704 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, FL 
A fun place on Anna Maria Island. Great food and drinks.
*Reviews – 1. Great place for a cocktail and live music in the food is okay. The bartenders were all friendly can be crowded but it it is fun. There is a wonderful sculpture that is displayed there was made for this restaurant it’s worth a look anyway. Like I said the music is good I’ve heard some wonderful Bluegrass here you just have to check the schedule the cocktails are good you have to get here sometimes too early to get a seat the food is okay but it’s just a fun kind of Island Experience. I would recommend it for a night out when you’re on the island. There are also games for kids and adults to play like corn hole and Jenga while you’re checking out the atmosphere
2. Great place to hang out. Music is always great. Especially Tony and his toys. Grouper tacos and fries awesome and great bartenders especially Bee. Love this place!
3. Found this little gem while searching for a place to eat! The food was delicious and seemed really fresh. At the time, there was live music to enjoy by the outdoor seating. The wait staff helped one another out and made sure to meet all expectations by guest. Our server, Jeremy, was busy at the time but made sure to take great care of us. Definitely will return again. A great place to hangout, take scenic pictures, and play outdoor games.
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Beach ‘n Food Truck Festival 

Coquina Beach, Anna Maria Island, Florida

April 14, 2018

10:00 am – 8:00 pm

Minutes from Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals 601 Gulf Drive, Bradenton Beach FL this fun family festival is an all day celebration that takes place along the bright blue Gulf waters and white sandy beaches at the south end of Coquina Beach, just south of the trolley turn around.

There will be plenty of opportunities for shopping, showcasing vendor booths with unique, one-of-a-kind hand made crafts, lots of jewelry items, local artists’ works, collectible items and much more. The artisans are talented and the goods are of great quality and value. A Kids Zone with all kinds of fun games, bounce houses and more for the young ones to enjoy. Local bands will be performing live music to keep you jamming all throughout the day and into the evening.

Entertainment lineup includes —

Mike Sales – Event Emcee – 10AM – 8PM
Tropicool Duo – 10:30AM – 12:30PM
Renegade  – 1PM – 3PM
SoulRcoaster – 3:30PM – 5:30PM
The Karen & Jimmy Band – 6PM – 8PM

The festival will also feature an amazing car show, The Bill Mergens Memorial Car Show, with over 100 classic, antique, custom and muscle cars on display from 10am until 3pm.

And of course, the stars of the show, a variety of Food Trucks serving delectable eats and treats. There is sure to be something for everyone.  Refreshing adult beverages will be available – from wine, margaritas, rum runners and cold beer to soft drinks and water to quench your thirst.

This is a Free, family friendly, community event open to all so come on out and enjoy.

Parking is available on Coquina Beach, but traffic on the Island will be busy. The easiest way to get there is to ride the free trolley to the event, with a stop on a Gulf Drive right out front of the condo . Another option is The Island Monkey Bus which is a no charge, tip only service.

More Things To Do On Anna Maria Island

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DESOTO SEAFOOD FEST

The Seafood Fest will be held Friday, March 23, 5 p.m. – 10 p.m.,  Saturday, March 24, 11a.m. – 10 p.m., and Sunday, March 25, noon – 6 p.m.

Just a twenty minute drive from Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals – 601 Gulf Dr. N. Anna Maria Island, Florida, 34217.

Location : Sutton Park – 6th Street West, Palmetto, FL (Corner of 6th St W and 10th Ave W).
Free Admission
Sunday Free Kids Zone
3 days of Food and Entertainment

Come out and support the Hernando de Soto Historical Society that produce this amazing festival celebrating its 32nd year. They are a not-for-profit community organization producing Manatee County’s largest entertainment events every year. The Desoto Seafood Festival is the primary fundraiser for the Hernando de Soto Historical Society, and has served delicious seafood while providing good times to hundreds of thousands guests and residents of Manatee county.

Not only will you enjoy some of the best seafood around, proceeds from the Seafood Festival will benefit an arm of the society, The Conquistador Historical Foundation. The foundation distributes funds to community charities, provide educational programs, scholarships funds and maintenance of a cultural museum in downtown Bradenton among other things.

The festival is recognized as one of Florida’s most outstanding serving some of the best seafood around. You will also get to enjoy tasty food from area restaurants and food vendors. There will be continuous music from the local scene as well as nationally known recording artists.

This three day event sprawling along the beautiful downtown Palmetto River district provides fun for the whole family.

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