THE RINGLING-Sarasota Florida

Located at 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota FL 941-359-5700

While visiting Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals 601 Gulf Dr. N. Anna Maria Island, Florida, be sure to take a trip to the RINGLING Museum.

Located across the street from the Bradenton/Sarasota Airport about a 20 minute drive south of the condo. The RINGLING is a celebration of circus owner and art collector, John RINGLING and his wife Mable. The couple built this as their home “The Ca’D’Zan” almost a century ago. Their 36,000 square foot home/mansion has 41 rooms and 15 bathrooms.

Upon John Ringling’s death in 1936 the estate was bequeathed to the people of Florida. Over the years new buildings have been added and this beautiful estate now combines an Art Museum, Circus Museum, Education Center, Historic A solo theatre and beautiful Bayfront Gardens.

Monday the grounds and art museum are free, but you do have to pay full admission to enter the Ca’D’Zan or the Circus Museum. The architecture of the Ca’D’Zan is spectacular, an absolutely gorgeous building! The breathtaking grounds and gardens alone puts The RINGLING on a must see list for everyone. Allow yourself enough time to see everything, one day might not be enough. Remember to bring your camera!

There are many events that take place at the RINGLING, please visit their website for an up to date list.

Below see a few suggestions of events that might be of interest —

Ringling Underground—Thursday, March 1, 2018 to April 8, 2018 from 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm. Come out and enjoy the live music, an eclectic mix of local and regional live bands. Featuring Eduardo Correa, DieAlps, Millionyoung. While you are there check out displays from up and coming artists in the Museum of Art.

Bayfront Gardens Tour—tickets now until April 28, 2018 are $15. (Regular $20.) This 90 minute walking tour provides you with an overview of the development of the property. You will be introduced to some key botanical specimens and learn about local flora. Purchase your tickets now as they are limited and must be purchased in advance. Call 941-358-3180 for tickets.

Family Activities After 5 — Drop in anytime between 5 – 7:00 PM. Come to The RINGLING on Thursday nights and receive discounted admission to the museum as well as a special activities for families. Some weeks offer an art-making program in the Visitor’s Pavilion and other weeks Imagination Playground will be somewhere on the campus. The art making program relates to work of art you see in the galleries. Please check their web-site for a schedule and more information.

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The inside of the ringling Art Museum located in Sarasota, Florida on the Sarasota Bay.

Part II — THINGS TO DO ON ANNA MARIA ISLAND & NEARBY BRADENTON MARCH 2018

March 3, 2018: 9:00 am – 3 pm  Anna Maria Island Museum, 402 Pine Avenue in the Historical Park, Anna Maria Island, FL. (Trolley Stop 42)

Anna Maria Island Heritage Day with a Settler’s Market selling their famous Settlers’ Bread and herbs, honey and produce.  Live music all day plus Bar-B-Q, museum tours and settler era crafts. There will be demonstrations: Bee Keeping, Candle Making, Wool Spinning, Quilting, Knitting, Woodworking, Basket Weaving and more. Old fashioned children’s games and scavenger hunt with games and prizes will be held as well as a Pirate Jailbreak. Kids and adults will love seeing how the early settlers lived.

March 3, 2018: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Old Main Street Bradenton, FL

Come and enjoy the Free 9th annual ArtSlam 2018 in downtown Bradenton. This annual community day showcasing collaborative creativity is a celebration of the arts and arts education in conjunction with the Bradenton Farmers’ Market. The festival’s focus this year is showcasing arts educators and their students. Old Main Street will be transformed into an interactive art zone.The free event features live performances, site-specific installations, and engaging art exhibits by Manatee County students and professional artists. 28 teams of student and professional artists are participating in ArtSlam this year, more than ever. Every team project, installation, and presentation is unique.

March 4, 2018: 10:00 am – 3:00 pm Gamble Plantation on US 301 Ellenton- one and a half miles west of I-75 (exit #224)  

It’s the Gamble Plantation Historic State Park Annual UDC 58th Annual Spring Open House. During the Mansion’s ‘free tours’ see the many lifestyle demonstrations of  the era of the 1840’s – 1870’s.  Additionally, members of the 4th Florida Volunteer Infantry will have a Confederate camp.  Music, crafts and more on the grounds.  Free admission and parking.

March 10, 2017: 11:00 am – 12:30 pm  — 1611 9th Street West at McKechnie Field, Bradenton 

The Pittsburgh Pirates 11th annual Pirate Fest with family-friendly fun, free player autographs, games, prizes, music and more all just outside the ballpark on 9th street. Free and open to the public. Tickets are required for 1:05 p.m. game with the Rays and can be purchased on-line.

March 10 – 11, 2018: Right next to City Hall in downtown Holmes Beach at 5801 Marina Drive. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. 

The 30th annual Holmes Beach Spring Fest Fine Arts & Crafts Fest on Anna Maria Island. Fine art and fine craft exhibitors, this event will also include children’s young at art exhibit and art activities. Organized by the Anna Maria Island Art League. Free admission and parking.

March 17 – 18, 2018: 10 am – 5:00 pm both days —  5801 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, FL   

It’s time to enjoy the 10th Annual Anna Maria Taste of Arts & Crafts Show. The show will feature the creations of talented artists and crafts people from all over. It takes place right next to City Hall in downtown Holmes beach.. Free admission and parking.

March 31, 2018: 9:00 am sharp Sandbar Restaurant,100 Spring Avenue, Anna Maria, FL, Anna Maria Island, FL.  

The Sandbar Restaurant will host its 32nd Annual Easter Egg Hunt at the Pavilion at the Sandbar. Make sure to bring your own basket(s) for the Easter Egg Hunt. After the hunt kids will be led by the Easter Bunny down Pine Avenue where the Easter Egg Roll and Bonnet contest will take place. Refreshments will be provided by the Sandbar.

WE HOPE YOU WILL ENJOY THESE ACTIVITIES AND ARE ALWAYS HAPPY TO ASSIST YOU WITH ANY QUESTIONS YOU MIGHT HAVE. 

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WATER-SHOW NEAR ANNA MARIA ISLAND – SKI-A-REES WATER SKI SHOW

Locking for something different to do?
FREE weekly Water Ski Show every Sunday February 4 to May 6, 2018 at 2:00 pm. The show is near Mote Marine Aquarium on City Island. Once you get to the aquarium just follow the Ski-A-Rees signs.
Just a short drive south along Gulf of Mexico Dr. from Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals – 601 Gulf Dr. N. Anna Maria Island, Fl 34217
Come out and watch the Sarasota Ski-A-Rees Water Ski Show Team as they perform a themed and spectacular one-hour water show. Fun for the whole family! Prepare to be dazzled with thrilling jumps and tricks, beautiful ballet and swivel lines as well as breathtaking pyramids. See these world-class champions as they rehearse at their base on Lido Key.
The Sarasota Ski-A-Rees are one of the best amateur water ski shows and the only saltwater ski team in the United States. Founded in October 1957 and with the support of the City of Sarasota and generous private sponsors they have been performing free water shows ever since. Being a non-profit organization, without the help from the City, the Ski-A-Rees would not have a place for practices or performances. They hold regular practices and participate in the Florida State Show Ski Championship, Southern Regional Show Ski Championship and compete in the National Show Ski Championship when possible. They were the 2017 National Champions and in 2016 won the Southern Regional Show Ski Tournament.
We thought the Ski-A-Rees put on a wonderful show with great music and entertaining announcers. They are a very professional group and their show is non stop, exciting and a great family activity. The announcer explains the different tricks, the history, and the equipment of the Ski-a-Rees. The skiers show so much skill with lots of fast moving organizing going on. Displaying their talent while performing tricks and even making a twelve person skiing pyramid made us feel like we had stepped back into the 1950’s except the music is up to date which is sure to please people of all ages.
When you go be sure to get there at least an hour early as it usually draws a big crowd. The bleacher seats, some of which are covered, but most of the seats are in the sun so dress accordingly. Sunscreen and hats for everyone! Bring a cushion if you don’t want to sit on the metal seats. We were in the open area which provides a behind the scenes view of the team. Talking to people seated in the covered stands, they were partially blocked from some stunts, but said it wasn’t often. You can also bring your own lawn chair. There is a shaded area under the trees where you still have a good view of the show.

Free parking and snacks and drinks are available for purchase.

Although the shows and parking are free, donations are appreciated as the Ski-A-Rees are a non-profit organization.

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STAYING FIT ON ANNA MARIA ISLAND

AMI Health & Fitness – 5364 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, Anna Maria Island FL 941-778-5446
Open 24 Hours is a full service fitness center offering group fitness, free weights, circuit training, cardio equipment and personal training. Modern machines, new decor makes visiting a truly enjoyable experience. Daily, weekly, monthly and annual memberships are available. AMI Health & Fitness offers you a clean, friendly fitness center with a comfortable Island atmosphere. It also has a big open room which is good for yoga, stretching, or ab workouts.

Yoga Classes – Island Yoga Space 9805 Gulf Drive , Anna Maria, Anna Maria Island FL 941-224-0292

Located at the north end of beautiful Anna Maria Island Florida offering daily classes and creative workshops in a unique, serene setting. Their upstairs studio is directly across from the white sands and turquoise waters of the Gulf of Mexico, a tranquil location for practicing yoga.

They offer a variety of yoga disciplines. Their daily classes include Vinyasa Flow, Restorative yoga, Gentle Yin yoga, SUP Yoga and Meditation. Whether you are an area local or vacationing in the paradise of Anna Maria Island, you won’t regret choosing Island Yoga Space.

The Centre of Anna Maria Island – 407 Magnolia Avenue, Anna Maria, Anna Maria Island Florida
941- 778-1908

The Fitness Center at The Center of Anna Maria Island is open when The Center is open and is made up of:
Cardio Center
Weight Center
Stretch and Mobility Room
Specialty Fitness Room
Fitness Classes
Fitness Classes: Classes are being added all the time so call or check on-line
Running – The island is 7 miles long. We see runners on the hard pack of the beach all the time or along Gulf Drive every day, sometimes on the sidewalks, often along the side of the road (for lack of sidewalks). So, I suggest, step out the door, run Gulf Drive or head for the beach and run there… or both, yes! How about run south to Longboat Key, which is about 5 miles/one way or North to Bean Point which is approximately 6 miles/one way. There are lots of quiet side streets to run from Bradenton Beach to the City of Anna Maria.

Last suggestion – Walk the beach, or swim in our heated pool. Both are right outside your door and easy ways to stay fit while you enjoy your vacation with Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals.

All locations are just a short free trolley ride from Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals – 601 Gulf Dr. N. – Ann Maria Island, Florida 34217

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Anna Maria Island-Top Ten Seaside Towns

ANNA MARIA ISLAND NAMED IN “TOP 10” HAPPIEST SEASIDE TOWNS 2018 By Coastal Living Magazine 

Top 10 Nominees – Anna Maria Island FL, Bellport NY, Bluffton SC, Cambria CA, Cannon Beach OR, Cape Charles VA, Hampton Beach NH, Ocean City NJ, Traverse City MI, Vero Beach FL

To choose the 2018 finalists, nominations were called via social media. Then Coastal Living looked at their rank on the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, percentage of clear and sunny days, healthiness of beaches, commute times, walkability, crime ratings, standard of living and financial well-being of locals, geographic diversity, and Coastal Living editors’ assessment of each town’s “coastal vibe.” The result is an all-star list for 2018 from coast to coast! (Previous winners were not eligible.)

Anna Maria Island was in fourth place spot in the week leading up to the polling closed. I voted as often as they would allow, I sure hope it was enough!

I am one of the many “happiest people” when I’m on the Seaside Town of Anna Maria Island, so the results won’t change anything for me. But, it sure is nice to see Anna Maria Island named in the Top 10. Whether the result is first or tenth anyone living or visiting Anna Maria Island already know the “Happiness in Paradise’ feeling you get while you are there.

The final rankings will be revealed online Tuesday, June 12, 2018. Will Anna Maria Island be declared the happiest seaside town in the United States? We will have to wait a few months to find out. Stay tuned, I will post the results as soon they’re in.

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OLIVE OIL OUTPOST-Anna Maria Island

One of my favourite shops to visit, the Olive Oil Outpost is so much more than olive oil! This wonderful little shop has a beautiful selection of wine, cheese, infused oils and balsamic vinegars of all different flavours. I have bought some of the most awesome lemon balsamic and coconut balsamic vinegar.

Located at 401 Pine Ave, Anna Maria, FL 34216, USA and just a short trolley ride from Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals – 601 Gulf Dr. N. – Anna Maria Island, Florida 34217.

One visit I found some Himalayan salt, artisan pasta, honey and Ethiopian coffee. At this unique shop you can expect to find everything from, jellies, organic products, artisan pasta, a coffee bar and various gift items.

They also bring in fresh fruit – locally picked strawberries were just coming in when we went last time, and they’re the best I’ve ever had! They regularly stock limes, lemons, onion, squash, and the biggest best green peppers.

As for cheese, seems like every time I go there has been a great selection of cheese out for tasting. And an olive bar. Loads of pasta and sauces and condiments.

When you don’t feel like cooking they have whatever you need for a fabulous meal. Pick up some cheese, local pickles, bread, oranges, honey and don’t forget the wine. Makes for an easy and delicious meal!

We have enjoyed the wine tastings here. Friendly and informative. The wine is usually from one or two places, mostly Italy, but not all. The owners come and discuss their wineries and the wines. They also provide a few trays of tasty small bites for sampling. bar is good and reasonably priced. Very enjoyable low key approach.

Friday is bread day and they have all kinds, ciabatta, Tuscan rounds and rings, semolina, baguettes, focaccia, tomato bread, almond ring, pepperoni rolls and more! The order sometimes gets delayed because they travel to a bakery in St. Petersburg to bring it back fresh.

Depending on the traffic they are sometimes later getting back to the Island. If you come after 1:00 PM it should be there and there should be lots. Trust me, it is worth the wait!

Added attractions: Outside areas to sit and on chilly nights a separate seating area around a fire pit!  Ice water with lemon inside and very friendly service.

This place is just wonderful! A little gem right here on Anna Maria Island with friendly staff offering great products that are reasonably priced. Doesn’t get any better than that!

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A Visit to The Florida Aquarium

On a recent family trip to Tampa we visited the popular Florida Aquarium. This aquarium is spacious and very well laid out. We were greeted by a host of volunteers and provided with a map of the venue as well as a list of animal showtimes and appearances for the day. There are markers along the way listing interesting facts to keep you entertained from the moment you arrive.

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

We started at Florida Wetlands Trail, home to free flying birds, otters, turtles and alligators. Filled with Ring-tailed Lemurs, hissing cockroaches, and colorful chameleons, this exhibit captures the unique Island of Madagascar and the diverse animals that call it home. We were amazed at the variety of birds that were showcased in this area. The educational boards throughout were awesome telling us what kind of birds we were looking at with a list of facts about each one.

On the second floor of the Wetlands gallery is the Journey to Madagascar. In this area you will see ring-tailed lemurs, chameleons, geckos, cockroaches and a colourful Indian Ocean reef.  I was feeling brave and crawled into a small dark alcove inside a tree to hear hissing cockroaches, a rather cool thing to do. We learned a lot from the educational displays in this area. I didn’t know that 80% of Madagascar’s plants and animals are exclusive to that country only.

Next was Bays and Beaches which features a 300 pound Goliath Grouper, spiny lobsters, and species that are home to Tampa Bay. The awesome Stingray Beach allowed us to touch stingrays and sharks. I was surprised that their skin felt firm and extremely slick. Stingray Beach is also home to penguins. The aquarium does have a few African Penguins, but they are not currently on exhibit. You can still see one by attending a daily “penguin talk” held at specific times, or get up close and personal by registering for an encounter with one.

We all agreed The Coral Reef Gallery was the most impressive exhibit. The 500,000 gallon tank with viewing windows and a walk-through tunnel giving you the illusion you are in underwater depths. It is full of coral tunnels and caves, reef fish, eels, sand tiger sharks, barracudas, green sea turtles and dozens of other exotic fish and sea animals. At the Coral Reefs, you truly get to examine sea life’s natural habitat and the lighting and colourful displays were fantastic. South African penguins make appearances in the Coral Reef Gallery. For an additional cost, you can purchase Penguins: Backstage Pass, a 30 minute long encounter where you will get an up-close look at the daily lives of , these cute little creatures.

Ocean Commotion offers virtual dolphins and whales, multimedia displays and presentations This area is home to tons of jellies, octopus and tiny fish. Each tank has a plaque giving descriptions of the plant and animal found inside along with facts about their lifestyle. For those who enjoy aquatic life, this is the exhibit for you!

No Bones Zone is a unique presentation of unusual creatures with no backbone such as sea stars (formerly known as star fish) and sea cucumbers. This touch and learn area is designed for the young marine enthusiast with low tanks and lots of hands-on opportunities, but enjoyed by all ages.

Make sure you bring swimsuits and water shoes for the kiddies at Explore-a-Shore, a two acre outdoor waterpark. There is plenty of seating for parents as well as beverages to enjoy while you watch your littles. You can have lunch at the Caribbean Cantina, a full service bar and grill or the Café Ray that serves a variety of delicious looking food. The Aquarium gift shop contains a wide variety souvenirs for purchase and best of all, their prices were affordable.

There are some others thing to do, for an additional fee, like Wild Dolphin Cruise, Close up with Critters, and Behind the Scenes Tours as well as Swim and Dive Programs. Check the Florida Aquarium  website for more information.

Overall, this is a wonderful aquarium. An amazing and educational experience. A great way to spend the day!

(There is often is a Groupon deal available so if you are planning to go, check out Groupon first! It doesn’t allow you to purchase the same day passes so make sure you plan ahead.)

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Island Players Live Theatre-Anna Maria Island

Come out for a fun night at the Theatre – don’t be disappointed, buy your tickets now!

THE CURIOUS SAVAGE ~ by: John Patrick

Directed by: Kelly Wynn Woodland

March 8 – 25, 2018
 
Where – The Island Players, Inc.
Phone:941 778-5755  
Just a short trolley ride from Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals – 601 Gulf Dr. N. Anna Maria Island, Florida 34217 
The Curious Savage, written by John Patrick, is a comedic play about Ethel P. Savage, an elderly woman whose husband recently died and left her approximately ten million dollars.
Primarily a comedy, the play sets up a contrast between the sanatorium inmates and Mrs. Savage’s stepchildren. By the end of the play, the viewer wonders who the crazy ones really are. Mrs. Savage, played expertly by Nancy B. Jensen arrives to meet the people at “The Cloisters.” She immediately finds these people delightful, and instinctively realizes not only their ‘issues’, but the beauty within each person.
The story … Mrs. Ethel Savage’s grownup stepchildren are trying to get their hands on the money their father left his eccentric wife. They soon realize they cannot get control of the funds and commit her to a sanatorium until she reveals what she has done with the money. She is determined to use her money for others good and plans to set up a fund to help people realize their hopes and dreams. Some might find the residents are mentally ill, social misfits, men and women that can not adjust to life, but Mrs. Savage finds them sweet, delightful human beings. Mrs. Savage finds happiness with these residents and plans to spend the rest of her life with them, helping them. When the Doctor tells her there is no need for her to remain there she is reluctant to go back to a world where others will do anything for money. During the play you will see the vast contrast between the sanatorium residents and Mrs. Savage’s step-children, but by the end of the play you will wonder who the “crazy”ones really are. With a calm composure Mrs. Savage leads her step-children on a chase as her friends conspire to get rid of them. Together, Mrs. Savage carries out her plan. A farewell party is a delightful fantasy for each resident and will leave the audience feeling that all kindness hasn’t been lost in a world sometimes motivated by greed.

Don’t miss this opportunity to see this timeless comedy. It will capture your heart. Add a little laughter to your life — come out to see The Island Players presentation of The Curious Savage.

Some helpful information about The Island Players Theatre  …

Founded in 1949, The Island Players, Inc. is an organization dedicated to providing artistic experiences for the communities of Anna Maria Island through the presentation of stage productions.

The Island Players Theatre is located in the Old Community House on the corner of Gulf Drive and Pine Avenue in the city of Anna Maria on the North end of Anna Maria Island.

There are 137 seats in the theatre in tiered rows (stadium seating). There are 4 chairs on the right side of the theatre and 2 chairs on the “fireplace” side, giving a total seating capacity of 143.

Tickets are $20 (US) per performance for season’s five primary plays.

Food and beverages not allowed in the theatre.

Tickets may be purchased in person at the Box Office

or

by phone – (941) 778-5755

Regular show performances are: Tuesday through Saturday evenings at 8:00 pm Sunday matinees @ 2:00 pm

*Additional information available on their website —  theislandplayers.org

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First Sarasota-Bradenton EARTH FARE Grocery Store to open Jan. 27, 2018

Earth Fare, founded in 1975 in Asheville, N.C. will open its newest store January 27, 2018 in The Green shopping centre at Lakewood Ranch, Florida. The shopping centre is located on the northeast corner of Lakewood Ranch Boulevard and State Road 70 East.
Just a short drive south along the Gulf of Mexico from Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals – 601 Gulf Dr. N. Anna Maria Island, Florida 34217.
Earth Fare is passionate about clean foods and the connection to their shopper’s healthy, longer lives. They pride themselves on providing healthy food choices that are easy and enjoyable.
Earth Fare will join other Manatee/Sarasota boutique-style markets like Trader Joe’s, Fresh Market and Whole Foods.
The 23,500 square foot store wont be selling just groceries, will feature Earth Fare’s Heirloom Organic Café and Juice Bar. Enjoy, coffee, smoothies and juices at their Cafe/Juice Bar.
I have shopped at a couple of Earth Fare stores in other states and in both stores the aisles were filled with foods with no additives, hormones, antibiotics, artificial sweeteners under any name, bleached or bromated flours, transfats, or artificial colours and their selections were amazing.
The fresh fish counters featured excellent choices at reasonable prices and we have enjoyed their shrimp, cod, snapper, tuna, and crab cakes… including gluten free versions.
Their meat departments were extensive areas with many tempting offerings in various cuts of beef, pork, lamb, chicken and sausages. I have also visited the olive bar and bought assorted olives and pickled mushrooms adding tasty treats to our meals.
The bakery, amazing, I love the carrot cake varieties! The breads, so many varieties, all tempting as well.
As for the deli case – I am prisoner to their various potato salads, so far the herb style being my favourite. The cranberry-almond chicken salad and tuna salad were delicious. They had a super choice of lunch meats and cheeses galore which were not loaded with nitrates and salt!

On another trip I headed straight to the fresh food court where you can have salads, sushi made in front of you, sandwiches pre-made or made fresh for you, along with pizza ( including gluten free pizza) and soups or hot dishes of various varieties. This area appeared successful as there was a crowd there with many people eating in the tabled area provided. A great store to people watch, I saw many running in to get fresh meals to go.The stores I have shopped in have been so clean and service oriented, I think Earth Fare it is sure to be a growing success.

I look forward to shopping at their new Bradenton-Sarasota store.
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WATER TAXI SERVICE DELAYED, BUT COMING SOON …

In October Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals – 601 Gulf Dr. N. – Anna Maria Island, Florida 34217 wrote, The Sarasota Bradenton Ferry water taxi service will be launching in early 2018. It has now been announced the project has been delayed. We anticipate the launch will take place mid 2018 and promise to keep you updated.

The service will connect downtown Sarasota and downtown Bradenton to Bradenton Beach. The drive between Sarasota and Bradenton Beach (Anna Maria Island) can take approximately 40 minutes without traffic, but the commute by water is expected to take just 28 minutes. With the approval by all three cities in 2017, Captain Sherman Baldwin, owner of Paradise Boat Tours in Bradenton is ready to provide this innovative service. Unfortunately, a Bradenton Beach floating dock is delaying this long-awaited water taxi service.

Sarasota Bradenton Ferry is all ready to launch its 149-passenger high speed catamaran. The docks from the 10th Street Pier at Centennial Park in downtown Sarasota and the Bradenton Riverwalk in downtown Bradenton have been secured. The installation of the Bradenton Beach floating dock to unload and load passengers at the Historic Bridge Street Pier is the only thing holding the project back. Lenders will not release the ferry until all three docks are cleared for use. So until Bradenton Beach gets its dock in place this service is docked so to speak.

The Bradenton Beach dock contractor, Technomarine were to begin work in September 2017, butte active  hurricane season put them behind. We were in Bradenton Beach when Hurricane Irma swept through the area which gives us a better understanding of the delay. Installation of the dock is now scheduled for February 2018.

This long term project becoming a longer term project has work commuters, locals and tourists waiting a little longer. One thing we are sure of is that this long-awaited water taxi service will be worth the wait.

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