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WORLD’S STRONGEST MAN COMPETITION Anna Maria Island & Bradenton, Florida

Tachi Palace World’s Strongest Man competition June 13th – June 16th 2019 brings with it the Game of Thrones star Hafthor Julius Bjornsson, also known for his role as Sir Gregor “The Mountain” Clegane on the HBO show.

After an eventful competition in the Philippines last year, which followed two consecutive years of the contest taking place in Botswana, the 2019 World’s Strongest Man competition is back in United States. The contest took place in the United States in 2014 when the World’s Strongest Man was held in Los Angeles. This will be the very first time for the event to be held in Florida!

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The World’s Strongest Man competition has been held annually since 1977 and this
year’s event is not only taking place in Florida, but right here on the beautiful beaches of Anna Maria Island as well as on Old Main Street in Bradenton, Florida.
The four day competition from Thursday, June 13th until Sunday, June 16th will include three days of qualifiers and a one-day finale. This year will bring a change from years past with five events in each qualification round and all of the groups will be doing the same five events. The five events include: truck pull, super yoke and farmer’s walk medley, overhead press, deadlift and last man standing. From pulling trucks to lifting and pressing logs, the challenges are designed to push the competitors to their limits, testing their physical strength, their agility and mental toughness.

The public is invited to watch all competitions, free of charge.

So what does this mean for guests of Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals? —
— No tickets and all events will be free to attend.
— Our guests will watch the planet’s greatest strongmen compete for what may be the most coveted title in strength sports.
— You will see 25 of the sport’s most-dominant strength athletes compete for the title. — The event set-ups will be fan friendly.
— All events on the beach are within walking distance from your condo. Alternatively, you can take the Free Island Trolley to both Coquina Beach and Manatee Public Beach. Those events being held in Bradenton are approximately a 10-20 minute drive from Anna Maria Condo Rentals.

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Here’s what you can expect to see —— Athletes pulling monster trucks weighing more than 30,000 pounds, deadlifting more than 650 pounds and tossing 150-pound kettle bells.
— The field of athletes will include the reigning champion and star of “Game of Thrones” Hafthor Julius Bjornsson. Bjornsson — who is 6 feet, 9 inches tall and weighs around 400 pounds — portrayed Gregor “The Mountain” Clegane, an imposing enforcer for House Lannister, for five seasons, including the eighth and final season that concluded earlier this month. Last year, the Icelandic strongman won World’s Strongest Man, Europe’s Strongest Man and the Arnold Strongman Classic. Other competitors are, four-time World’s Strongest Man champion Brian Shaw of the United States and the 2018 runner-up, Mateusz Kieliszkowski from Poland.
— Twenty-five athletes in total will compete over the three days of qualifiers and one-day final.

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Seventeen-year-old Michael Cruz competes in the Tire Flip. Competitors had to flip a 600 lb. tire for 30 yards. Cruz finished with a time of 52.24 seconds.

Qualifying is set for:
▪ 9 a.m. on Thursday, June 13 on Old Main Street, south of Manatee Avenue near the historic courthouse in downtown Bradenton.
▪ 9 a.m. on Friday, June 14 on Coquina Beach, Anna Maria Island.
▪ 9 a.m. on Saturday, June 15 at Manatee Public Beach, Anna Maria Island.
The finale is planned for 8 a.m. on Sunday, June 16 at Manatee Public Beach, Anna Maria Island.

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In the finale at Manatee Public Beach, the events include loading race (medley), deadlift hold, overhead press (medley), squat lift and Atlas stones.

This world event has an estimated international viewership of more than 220 million.
Coverage of the 2019 event will be broadcast worldwide to more than 70 countries and territories.
All free, no tickets, just come out and enjoy! Don’t forget your sunscreen.

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Where To Watch The Super Bowl On Anna Maria Island

Calling all Football Fans! Are you ready?

Super Bowl LIII takes place this Sunday, February 3, 2019 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. Kickoff time is 6:30 p.m. ET.
Tune in early and don’t miss Atlanta native, Gladys Knight, seven-time Grammy Award winner, famous for “Midnight Train to Georgia,” sing the national anthem before kickoff.
For the ninth time in 18 seasons, the New England Patriots are representing the AFC in the Super Bowl. The NFC champions, the Los Angeles Rams, are returning to the big game for the first time since January 2002, when they faced … the Pats. The two teams will meet in a rematch of Super Bowl XXXVI, which the Patriots won 20-17.
So, with the big game right around the corner where are you going to watch it?
Here are some great places on Anna Maria Island to watch Super Bowl 2019 —
 
Beach House — 200 Gulf Drive North, Bradenton Beach 941-779-2222
Imagine watching the Super Bowl with the Gulf of Mexico in the background. Sound too good to be true? Join the Beach House for their 2nd Annual Beach Bowl Tailgate Party. Watch the big game on their outside covered deck complete with a big screen TV. Indoor seating will also be available. The festivities begin at 5:00 pm with great food and drink specials, give aways and more. Come early, seating is first come first serve.
Enjoy some great food, drinks and a great game!
Note: leave your car parked; only a few minute walk from Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals
 
Bridge Tender Inn — 135 Bridge Street, Bradenton Beach 941-778-4849
Join the crew at The Bridge Tender Inn and Dockside Bar located on historic Bridge Street overlooking Sarasota Bay. With plenty of TV’s it is a favorite among sports fans and sure to be a busy spot for the Super Bowl. Their extensive menu offers plenty of selection, tasty appetizers, sandwiches, fresh seafood, chicken and more.The Bridge Tender Inn has three full service bars with inside and outdoor covered seating. Want to experience a great game, great views, endless Bradenton Beach character and old Florida charm? Bridge Tender Inn has it!
Note: Located at the end of Bridge Street right on the water’s edge, approximately five minute walk from Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals.
 
Island Time Bar & Grill — 111 Gulf Drive South, Bradenton Beach 941-782-1122
Island time delivers consistent good,food, good service and cold beer. Open air bar, but don’t worry if it gets cool, they will pull out the propane heaters.
Loads of TVs to view football, a great place to watch the game!
Note: This place will be kicking, football brings in the best crowds. Better get here early! Only five minutes from Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals.
 
Kokunut Hut — 900 Gulf Drive North, Bradenton Beach 941- 778-1919
Walking distance from your accommodations, perfect! Located right on the beach and the view is amazing. You might even be lucky enough to catch the sunset before kick off. Their food is great, fresh and good portions.
Beach, sunset, great service, ice cold beer and watching the Super Bowl. What more can you ask?
Note: about a two minute walk from Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals.
 
Old Hamburg Schnitzelhaus — 3246 East Bay Drive, Holmes Beach 941-778-1320
Old Hamburg Schnitzelhaus is the Anna Maria Island Restaurant serving authentic German fare. Combine their home cooked Bavarian and Austrian dishes with the best German draft beers and wine in the area and you’ve got a winner. Come out and watch the game on their huge projector screen and enjoy some fresh imported draft beer.
Reservations are recommended.
Note: Located in the Anna Maria Island Centre. There is a Trolley stop out front.
 
Slim’s Place — 9701 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria 941-567-4056
This is a great little spot to visit while on the island and Slim’s Place is having a Super Bowl Party! There will be food and drink specials all day long and pools and prizes during the game. Open seating, so reservations are not needed.
 Slim’s is a great little spot on the Island where the atmosphere is laid back and the food is very good. Their menu is surprisingly extensive for a small place; a real sports bar with Ice cold local beers and lots of big TV’s to view the game. The space is decorated with a variety of sport memorabilia all over the walls.
The service is good, the staff is friendly and helpful and we have always encountered a fun, local, friendly crowd. Parking is quick and easy in their own lot.
Note: Located approximately 10 minute drive north of Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals or take the Free Island Trolley or Monkey Bus.
 
Solo Pizza — 3246 East Bay Drive, Holmes Beach 941-778-8118
A fun sports restaurant with several TVs to view the game. Solo’s serves excellent pizza and other food as well has a good selection of reasonably priced wine, draft and bottle beer. Love the nice casual ambience and friendly service.
Note: Located in Anna Maria Island Shops with a trolley stop out front
 
The Moose Lodge #2188 — 110 Gulf Drive South Bradenton Beach 
Starting at 4 PM – Super Bowl specials – 16 oz. aluminum bottles Budweiser, Budweiser lite, Miller lite, Coors lite, Micelob Ultra $2.50 Plus, Jello shots trivia, prizes, give aways, $.50 wings.
The kitchen will stay open until Half Time is over.
Note: Private – for Moose Lodge members only or Guest of a Moose member.
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Lots of people watching the game are also excited to see what’s happening during ‘Halftime’. This year promises to bring with it an amazing halftime show featuring Maroon Five. Fans can expect a great performance from lead singer Adam Levine and his band. The live spectacular entertainment with Maroon Five and special guests Big Boi and Travis Scott should prove to be a successful halftime show.
Super Bowl Sunday, where the L.A. Rams will take on the New England Patriots to determine who is the best in the NFL. Will Tom Brady’s Patriots or Jared Goff’s Rams come out on top?
No matter where you choose to watch Super Bowl 2019 and regardless of the outcome, we’re glad you chose to vacation with us, Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals.
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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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Where to golf on and around Anna Maria Island!

10/03/2017

“FORE” OUR GOLF GUEST ENTHUSIASTS!

Anna Maria Island/Bradenton/Sarasota Golfing

Anna Maria Island is only 7 miles long so you may not be too surprised to learn that there is only one golf course on the Island. What are other golfing options? The Bradenton and Sarasota area, like most of Florida, hosts a massive and diverse number of golf courses most of which are open to the public. You can reach 10 different and unique golf courses within a 30-minute drive from the Island. There is nothing better than 18 holes of golf on a beautiful Florida morning followed by some beach time in the afternoon.

Key Royal Club – 700 Key Royale Drive, Anna Maria Island 941-778-3055

The Key Royale Club, a private members club, is the only golf course on Anna Maria Island. It is a beautiful 2,017 yard par 32 nine hole walking course. Open from sunrise to sunset, the course allows for a wonderful golfing experience.

For the seasoned golfer, the par 32 layout provides the opportunity to use every club in your bag. For the 18-hole experience, playing from the forward tees and back tees allows 3,949 yards to test all your skills. For the higher handicappers, generous fairways are less intimidating, making for an enjoyable time for all.

Key Royale Club offers golf, corporate, junior, and social memberships. Many choose to become full members but the club does offer an introductory 6 month membership to get started.

Pinebrook/Ironwood Golf Club ~ 5260 Ironwood Circle, Bradenton 941-792-3288

Nestled inside a beautiful community in the heart of Bradenton, Florida Pinebrook/Ironwood Golf Club has a challenge for golfers of all ages and handicaps. The greens were renovated in the summer of 2003 with “Champion Ultra Dwarf Bermuda”. This putting surface is far superior to the traditional bermuda grass seen on most courses. If you would like a true roll then these are the greens for you. Sixteen of the fairways are bordered by water with 37 bunkers surrounding the eighteen greens. The amenities include a pro shop, snacks, refreshments and putting green. This club is only a short distance from Anna Maria Island.

Manatee County Golf Course ~ 6415 53rd Avenue West Bradenton 941-792-6773

This municipal course opened in 1977 and is still a locals’ favorite. Aside from the fact that is located next to a water treatment plant that sometimes gives off a foul odor, the course has been rated 4 Stars by Golf Digest. It offers lots of challenges, including getting onto the well-bunkered greens. The course plays pretty long, too, and there’s no break at the end – the par-5 No. 18 is 567 yards, the longest hole on the course, and it’s got water on left and a bunker on the right. The course plays 6,703 yards from the back tees and there are five sets of tees.

River Run Golf Links ~ 1801 27th Street East Bradenton Florida 941-708-8459

Fast greens and tight fairways are the hallmark of this municipal course that was originally designed by Ward Northrup. Jed Azinger and Gordie Lewis redesigned the track in 2005, but it still has an old Florida feel, as Spanish moss drips from the oak trees along the fairways. The course is fairly flat and though it has some bunkering and water features, players can recover from mishits and still post a good score. The course is a par-70 and plays 6,293 yards from the back tees. There are three sets of tees, the women’s tees are fairly short (4,709 yards).

Waterlefe Golf ~ 1022 Fish Hook Cove, Bradenton 941-744-9771

An 18-hole luxury golf course at Waterlefe Golf & River Club. Waterlefe’s unrivaled natural setting along the Manatee River is composed of a collection of signature golf holes designed by course architect Ted McAnlis. The competitive layout presents a challenge for golfers of all skill levels. There are five sets of tees ranging in length from 4700 to 6908 yards. Features include five unforgettable holes that touch and border the scenic Manatee River. When you arrive you are promptly greeted by a staff member with a cart to help load your clubs and offering help with where to go. Before you tee off there is water and ice and plenty more found along the course. The carts have GPS which work well. The course mixes some relatively easy holes with others that really test your game.The closing stretch can be really tough but good course management can get you through (you just have to hit the right shots!). That aside this is a really great course with an excellent club house.

Legacy Golf Club ~ 8255 Legacy Blvd. Bradenton, Florida 941-907-7920

Legacy is known for its beauty and challenging greens. An Arnold Palmer design, Legacy Golf Club’s central feature is an enormous lake that comes into play on several holes. The course brings amateurs and professionals together to explore the challenging layout and stunning surroundings of the greens. The course has really wide fairways, elevated tees and nearly every hole is framed by sand and water, creating a picturesque place to test your abilities. Visitors relate the atmosphere to that of a world-class private facility.The course has been honored by Golf Digest and Zagat as a Best Place to Play and prides itself on offering good service.

Rosedale Golf & Country Club ~ 8678 54th Avenue Cir E Bradenton 941-755-4099

Consistently recognized as the “Best Place to Play” in the Bradenton/Sarasota area with lush fairways, nicely groomed traps and flawless greens. It is a challenging course, narrow fairways, plenty of water and a true test of your golf game. Be warned that you will not be hitting your driver much, but we’ll let you decide. The fairways are VERY tight and driver on the par 5s is probably not a good idea with water on the left at 250 yards off the tee on all 4 of them. All the times we played the greens were in excellent shape. True practice range, not hitting over water to targets as is often the case in Florida, several practice greens, a great offering in the pro shop and plenty of water on the course.

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Anna Maria Island Dolphin Tours!

07/31/2017

One of the most frequently ask questions our guests ask is where can I find a dolphin tour.

Anna Maria Island condo rentals highly recommend Captain Kim.

Set sail for fun and relaxation with boat rides and tours from Captain Kim’s Boat Rides and Charters. We provide all the excitement of the high seas without the hassle of renting or buying equipment. Just step onto our pontoon or deck boat and get ready for a breezy day of dolphin and bird watching, sand bar hopping, or just some good old rest and relaxation. Perfect for the whole family, the tours last up to three hours.

For almost 20 years, Captain Kim has provided quality and affordable boat tours for Anna Maria Island and Cortez, Florida. A licensed captain and commercial fisherwoman specializing in dolphin watching and ecology tours with star fish, sand dollars, and sea horses just to name a few of the things you can find. Kim brings her passion for the seas to every boat ride.

Located at in the Cortez Village less only a few minutes drive from Absolute Anna Maria. Call Kim at (941)920-3307. Website: //www.kimscharters.net/about.html

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