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Saying Good-Bye to 2018 & Good Riddance to Florida Red Tide

Florida Red Tide — It’s GONE!

Storms are not usually cause for celebration and most of us don’t enjoy cool temperatures, clouds, rain and turbulent waters. But, all of us at Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals celebrated when the recent storms hit Anna Maria Island. Why? Because, these storms gave red tide a fatal beating! The December storms that hit just before Christmas brought colder temperatures, high winds gusting to 50 mph and waves cresting at 10 feet. They effectively broke up the bloom and killed the bacteria as the red tide cells weren’t able to swim towards nutrients needed to feed and continue to bloom. Good-bye and good riddance to red tide!
Red tide has affected our area on the Gulf Coast of Florida, sporadically since August and we are happy to bid it farewell. I have heard many different descriptions of Red Tide, here is my understanding of it …
  • Red tide blooms are not new, they have formed in the Gulf of Mexico for hundreds of years. Excessive blooming of plankton known as Karenia brevis causes red tide. The blooming is natural and it typically occurs it is typically late summer or early fall. The bloom of this algae in high densities often turns the beautiful blue water a murky brown or reddish color.
  • Red tides can last a few weeks or many months depending on conditions that influence the bloom’s growth. These conditions include, water currents, sunlight, speed and direction of the wind, nature in general.
  • Humans do not contract red tide — they exhibit symptoms from being exposed to it. Symptoms are typically burning eyes and throat irritation with a cough and can vary individually.
  • Red Tide can affect the central nervous system of fish and other vertebrates, causing these animals to die. Scientists tell us, mammals like manatee are particularly susceptible because they breathe in the toxin, can ingest toxic food and take in some seawater containing toxins.
  • When we see dead fish the cause is not always red tide; there are other conditions that affect marine life.
So, let’s get back to and expand on the good news!!!
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) recently reported
red tide was not found in any water samples collected last week in Florida waters. Two test sites in Manatee County showed no presence with background levels in waters off Manatee County shores at the Palma Sola Bay bridge. Note: Background concentrations of red tide cause no anticipated effects on people or marine life. Background simply means not present or less than 1,000 cells.
-No fish kills suspected to be related to red tide were reported this week
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Their interactive map is updated daily, but due to the holidays, the last samplings recorded were taken Dec. 26 with the next available report available on Friday, January 4th.
Go to myfwc.com for more information.

Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium – Beach Conditions Reporting System

Date Reported 2018-12-30 15:02:16
Flag Green
Water Color Moderate
Red Drift None
Red Drift Location Not Available
Air Temperature 78.03 degrees F
Water Surface Temp 64 degrees F
Weather Summary Clear
Respiratory Irritation None
Dead Fish None
Jellyfish None
Beach Debris None
Wind Direction South
Wind Speed 6.32 MPH
Rip Currents None
Surf Calm
Surf Type Shore Break
Surf Height 0-1FT
Crowds Many
Red Tide Current Status – Most recent 8 days of sampling December 28, 2018 Manatee Karenia brevis cells per litre — not present/background (0-1,000)
 

So how do we feel about all of this and what are we telling our incoming guests?

Pack your bags, load up your car, your best vacation is about to begin.

Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals look forward to welcoming you!

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A Year in Reflection…Our Gratitude…Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals

2018 has been another successful and exciting year for Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals. As we reflect on the past year, we thank each person who has helped us along the way. Thank you to our returning guests, first time guests, and those who have referred guests. We appreciate those who have supported us throughout the year. This, of course, includes our family and friends and those who work with us.

Our Housekeeping/Cleaning team: We give thanks to our experienced and efficient cleaning company; their main priority is to ensure the comfort of our guests. Respect and mutual appreciation form the basis of our relationship resulting in a reciprocal give and take. Our cleaning crew enrich our condos with their valuable knowledge, skills and genuine enthusiasm making sure our guests stay will be a wonderful experience. Our housekeeping ensure a positive guest impression while working hard physically, with a high degree of time pressure and continually deliver the highest possible quality. 
Their work is a reflection of us; a sincere thank-you for all that you do! We value our relationship and look forward to working together in 2019. 

Our Maintenance Group: In a pleasant way you are always available and our communication with you is superb. We rely on your honesty and integrity. We feel that we can call you at any time for your expert opinion.  We rely on your expertise which eases any worries we may have with our properties. Having you as part of our team ensures that our business runs smoothly.
 
Our Guests: Our guests are the very best and and we value you! It is always a pleasure to host the wonderful guests that travel to Anna Maria Island and stay in our vacation rental homes. We realize our guests are looking for a memorable experience and we make every effort to enhance each and every aspect of their stay. We know that there are many options when booking a vacation in Anna Maria Island. We place an emphasis on the smallest details that set our condos apart from the others. We make sure that we provide more than just the ‘bare necessities’ – we go that extra mile. We offer 24-Hour check-in, Fast and convenient WIFI, Cable Television on smart TVs, full size washer and dryer, complimentary welcome basket, small kitchen appliances, well stocked kitchens with a full supply of plates, glasses, mugs, and silverware, bathroom amenities, comfy beds, and plenty of beach supplies. And, as a convenience for our guests, we work with local businesses to make it easy for guests to book services such as transfers and tours. It’s little details like this that keep our guests happy and wanting to return. It is our desire to go above and beyond all other Anna Maria Island vacation Rentals and I believe we achieve that. Thank-you to each and everyone of you that entrusted us with providing you a vacation of a lifetime. Come back and visit again soon!
 
We’re sure that 2019 will bring even more wonderful guests our way. With the exceptional group we work with, we are ready!
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MERRY CHRISTMAS EVE & HAPPY HOLIDAYS from Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals, Bradenton Beach, Florida 

Christmas is a festive time on Anna Maria Island including beautiful Christmas trees, plenty of twinkling lights with generous splashes of red tinsel. The only thing missing is the snow drift, but for those northerners seeking a respite from winter’s chill, the warm weather, blue skies, and turquoise waters are sure to be a welcome sight.
No matter what time of year you come to Anna Maria Island there is plenty to see and do. If you haven’t stayed with us before we would love to have you. Please check our “Calendar and Rates” page for availability.
Christmas is one of our most popular times, so avoid the “Christmas Rush” and book now for 2019.
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Celebrate Christmas on Anna Maria Island
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Shopping @ University Town Center, Sarasota
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Sunrise December 2018
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Sunset December 2018
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Christmas on Bridge Street, Bradenton Beach
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Christmas – Bradenton Beach Pier
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Christmas at the pool
To all of our guests, past, present and future, we appreciate you!
We wish you the most wonderful holiday season.
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ANNA MARIA ISLAND CONDO RENTALS ARE AIRBNB SUPERHOSTS

We are experienced and dedicated vacation rental owners with a real passion for hosting and are honoured to be recognized as a ‘Superhost’ by Airbnb.
There is no denying Airbnb recognizes hosts who work hard. The Airbnb Superhost program boasts over 400,000 members around the world. With a freshly updated program, Airbnb hopes it will enable hosts to become more successful, cater to more guests and ultimately, achieve more bookings.
Our letter from Airbnb ….
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So what did we have to do to become a Superhost? There are certain requirements and we met them all!
  • Of course we needed to have an account in good standing. Our performance was measured over the past 365 days. 
  • We completed at least 10 trips OR successfully completed 3 long term reservations that total at least 100 nights
  • We maintained a 50% review rate or higher
  • Maintained a 90% response rate or higher
  • We had Zero cancellations (Airbnb allows some extenuating circumstances exceptions)
  • We needed to maintain a 4.8 overall rating
The real compliment to earning Superhost status is we didn’t even apply. But, we did work really hard to meet the programme requirements.
Sounds simple enough? Well, not as simple as you might think. It’s an extremely competitive market with millions of Airbnb listings all over the world. We go above and beyond and offer our guests the best service possible.
We are proud of our 100% response rate. When we receive a booking we respond right away. Yes, like a fire cracker. Guests are often surprised and thank us for contacting them so quickly, saying, “we just booked that minutes ago”.
Our reviews speak for themselves↵↵↵
Zero cancellations, yep you read that correctly. Pretty awesome, right?
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It sure is nice to be recognized and we kinda think we deserve it, but we think it is unfair to take all the credit. We attribute our success to not only our hard work, but to our amazing guests as well!
So as we extend a warm thank-you to Airbnb for this recognition we also send a BIG thank-you to our guests, it is always our the privilege to host you.
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Where To Stay On Anna Maria Island – Guest Comments & Reviews

Staying On Anna Maria Island – Why Our Guests Chose Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals
There are literally thousands of vacation rentals on Anna Maria Island. Choosing one when you’re looking online can be daunting. You narrow it down to two or three, but how do you decide which one is the right one for you? What is the best location and how do you know? Do you pick a condo on the lower floor or upper floor? One with a view of the pool or with a view of the beach? How do you know if you are getting the best value for your dollar? If you’ve never been to Anna Maria Island or maybe you have been here several times, deciding on just the right vacation rental can be challenging.
What is your criteria when choosing a vacation rental? We have spoke to many guests over the years and it seems price was the biggest factor in booking their rental with location being second. If price is a deciding factor then we’ve taken care of that for you. Since the inception of our vacation rental business we have aimed to keep our prices as low as we can while remaining competitive in a large market. We present the most well stocked and nicely decorated condos and provide the very best value for our guests. Not only are we one of the best values on Anna Maria Island based on price, but we offer far greater amenities than many other vacation rentals out there. We have stocked our condos with every thing we could think of so that when you arrive and you need a certain “anything”– it’s there. And, if you need something that isn’t there we will get it for you.
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A few years ago we started to log some of our guest comments. Here are just a few comments that will help you with your decision to book your next vacation with us:
— “I love that you (Terry) were always available and answered all of my questions, even the silly ones.”
— “We love your condo, it far exceeds our expectations!”
— “There are lots of great restaurants here that we haven’t experienced yet because we can cook and grill here.”
— “I love how your condos are equipped with everything!”
— “Nearby areas are beautiful, but I love the beachy feel of your condo and the Island vibe.”
— “We loved that we could walk to so many restaurants and shops, we hardly used our car. We rode the free trolley several times, what a great service!”
— “Anna Maria Island is a bike riders haven. We love that it doesn’t matter where you travel on Anna Maria Island the beach is always nearby. We enjoy riding our bikes on the quiet side streets watching families enjoy the Island and Island life. It makes us enjoy Anna Maria Island even more. Most of the homes are beautiful and nicely cared for.”
— “We can easily ride our bikes from one end of the Island to the other – from Pine Avenue to Coquina Beach. Great exercise!”
— Our guests have compared Anna Maria Island to Bradenton, Sarasota and Siesta Key and tell us, “we appreciate that there’s only one high-rise building on the Island” – the Martinique condominiums in Holmes Beach. They go on to tell us, “Siesta Key is a beautiful area, but it seems really touristy.”
— “The beaches are spectacular and the weather too. Oh, let’s not forget the beautiful sunsets as well!”
— “It feels very safe here. We feel safe wherever we go and the people are very helpful.”
— “People are super-friendly. We found the Island people have a certain feel and are very welcoming. We absolutely love everything about Anna Maria Island and can’t wait to come back!”
— “There is lots of things to do and see. You can attend one of the Island events, enjoy Happy hour and listen to live music at any number of local restaurants.”
— “We loved jet-skiing and seeing what the Island looked like from the water.”
— “We liked seeing a movie at the nearby Oakmont movie theatre and can easily to do a day trip to the many Orlando attractions.”
We think we’re doing a pretty good job and continually strive to provide the best guest experience. We have been blessed with outstanding guests that have blessed us with some pretty stellar reviews.
Have a look at our guest reviews and see what they had to say.
Review Name: Cindy Trepp
Review Date: 11/14/2018
Star Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Loved it! 601 Gulf Dr. North, Anna Maria Island, FL, 34217, United States
Loved it! We had a great time. Loved the condo, pool and beach. Great restaurants nearby as well. Hope to return in the future.
Review Name: Amy Gorsuch
Review Date: 07/08/2018
Star Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Exceptional place to stay!!! 
We were very pleased with our stay, the condo and the exceptional customer service we received. Terry went above and beyond to call and email us to ensure we did not need anything and offered many suggestions of things to do. The unit was clean and one of the best we have stayed in. It is a minimal walk to the beach. There are so many things to do within the distance of the condo. We will be back next year and staying here again. Thank you for a painless vacation!
Submitted: Jul 8, 2018 | Stayed: June 2018
Review Name: Diana Paris
Review Date: 07/02/2018
Star Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Beautiful Condo Wonderful Host!!!!
Absolute Anna Maria was in a perfect location . It was decorated beautifully and for a family of 4, it was all the room we needed. The kitchen was a joy to cook in; all new appliances and stocked with everything we might need. the condo overlooks the pool and beach so you really couldn’t ask for a better location. All the neighbors were very nice and helpful and Terry was very attentive. Can’t wait to return! ….
Review Name: Grant Townsend
Review Date: 07/01/2018
Star Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Best location on the island!!!!
Perfect Vacation getaway. The condo was in excellent condition and VERY clean. Balcony view of the pool and an ocean view. This condo is walking distance to many different restaurants, ice cream shop, putt putt, pier, as well as little Beach shops. We parked our car on Saturday and didn’t touch it till Thursday. The owner of this condo is by far the best I have ever worked with. Truly amazing people that genuinely want you to have a GREAT stay at their condo. I would HIGHLY recommend this condo and we will definitely be back!
Review Name: Tiffany Tarter
Review Date: 06/23/2018
Review Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Loved it ??
Condo was clean and nice. Surrounded by Awesome restaurants. Anything you would want to do is close. Had a great time!!! Can’t wait to return!!!
Review Name:
Carole & Mark Partington
Review Date: 05/09/2018
Review Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Love The Property And We Are Regulars!!!
The condo was nicely and comfortably decorated.
Beds were very comfortable. Towels were fluffy and very good quality.
The kitchen was very well equipped with everything you need for your stay, including wine glasses and lots of pots and pans. And frying pans that didn’t stick!
Condo overlooks the heated pool and has a view of the Gulf of Mexico.
The free trolley makes travel around the island a lot of fun.
Thank you Terry and family. We hope to book again next year!
LOVE AMI!
Review Name: Lisa Dibbins
Review Date: 12/02/2018
Review Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
“Sparkling Clean And Updated”
Unobstructed views. Just across the street is a very short beach access. Cars stopped for us in both directions every time we wanted to cross.”
“Thank you!!! Not a single complaint!”
Review Name: Earl Benson
Review Date: 11/26/2018
Star Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Thanksgiving At The Beach!!!
The location was great with a beautiful view, and the unit nicely renovated! Terry was easy to work with and even stopped by once during our stay to check on us. We would definitely stay here again in the future!
Review Name: Perry Headford
Review Date: 10/30/2018
Star Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Paradise!
Terry was extremely helpful from start to finish
The condo was lovely with every mod con
The views from the condo were unbeatable
The island itself was paradise
Food was always fresh and beautifully cooked
The Waterfront Restaurant, Sandbar and Swordfish were our favourites
Over all stunning!!!
Review Name: Evan Stalcup
Review Date: 10/30/2018
Star Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Beautiful Condo Right On The Beach
My family and I stayed at this condo and it was amazing. From the moment you walk in for the first time, you are taken back by the beauty this unit has to offer. Everything from the floor to the paint on the walls has been renovated and updated. It was so enjoyable to visit this condo. It offers the best views on the beach with an outside deck and a master overlooking the ocean. The unit itself had everything you needed to have a great time on the beach and to just relax and enjoy being on island time. The condo is also close to so many things to do on the island, plenty of places to eat, shop and do adventures, walking distance. There is also a free bus trolley which will drive you around the island so you never have to worry about anything and getting home safe. The best part of this place are the owners, Terry is very easy to work with and super accommodating. He told us the best places to eat, where the locals go! And gave us everything we needed to have the perfect vacation. Couldn’t say enough good things about this place, definitely will be making a return trip and highly recommend anyone wanting the perfect get away to book this unit.
Review Name: Alison Linebarger
Review Date: 18/23/2018
Star Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Beautiful view and Great Condo!!
This was our first visit to Anna Maria Island and we will definitely be back. Even with the red tide we had plenty to do and the views made up to not being able to get on the beach. The beach is beautiful at this location. The condo was exactly as described and very comfortable. We would book now for next year if we knew our schedules.
Review Name: Kaeyla Coffman
Review Date: 09/10/2018
Star Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Our PERFECT Summer Vacation Every Year!
Terry & Sandy have always went above and beyond to make our stay amazing. I’ve been stashing with them since I was a teenager and I now have a husband and family of my own staying in the same unit and location I always have. There is no better place in Florida than to be in a vacation rental that is just like home. I can’t thank you Terry & Sandy enough for opening your homes with my family to share the love of the island with us as well. Each and every year the memories created are once in a lifetime and I am forever thankful for your condos! See you next year!
Submitted: Aug 10, 2018 | Stayed: July 2018
Name: Dina Paris
Review Date: 07/02/2018
Star Rating ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Exceptional Experience On Anna Maria Island!!!
This condo exceeded our expectations. When you walk in the view is the first think you notice and it is mesmerizing. Beautifully decorated with no expense spared. All decor is modern and appropriate with muted tones and designed for comfort. The flooring is a light colour of white, greys and light blue but its texture is soft on bare feet. The showers have to have a mention as they were beautiful with granite shower walls and rain fall shower heads. Perfection! Terry was a wonderful host. He checked in on us from time to time to offer suggestions on restaurants and to see if we needed anything. We took his recommendations and he didn’t lead us astray, wonderful food. Sitting on the balcony at night was a favourite pastime. Terry was stocked up with beach chairs, umbrellas, toys and towels. The beds were so soft! you sink right into them. Thank you Terry and Sandy for sharing your beautiful condo with us and we hope to see you soon…Diana Paris
Review Name: Donna Chrilla
Review Date: 06/18/2018
Star Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Wonderful Condo And Owners Are Super!!!
This is the 2nd time we stayed at this condo! We love it and will definitely stay again! The owners just recently did many updates and its beautiful! Beautiful ocean views and steps away from the beach which is never busy in that area! Terry the owner is helpful with anything thing that you need..where to eat…do you need any information …is the condo good..super awesome owners to work with for sure!! Close to everything on the island and you can take the shuttle if you do not want to use your car! Would definitely recommend this condo to anyone!! Once again THANK YOU Terry and Sandy and family for sharing your paradise with us!
Donna and Tony
We’re very proud of our 5-Star reviews and grateful to each and every one of our guests. We believe that you can count on personal care, quality and value when you book with us. So when it’s time to book your next 5 star vacation please contact us and see for yourself why our guests chose us over all the others.
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ANNA MARIA ISLAND CONDO RENTALS – GUESTS FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

All of these questions are on the listing description and can be found in your booking confirmation but, when planning our vacation we often have a million things to think about and sometimes forget some small, but very important details.
Here is a list of our most commonly asked questions:
1. When will I receive the check-in instructions?
All confirmation and arrival instructions will be e-mailed to you via a digital welcome package. Sixty days prior to your arrival and after your balance is paid in full you will receive your check-in instructions. Then, three days prior to your check-in date you will receive an automated e-mail asking you to confirm that you have received your check-in instructions. Your check-in instructions include directions and arrival instructions including your personal code to the key-less lock.
2. How do I check in?
We aim to start your vacation off right and have equipped our units with a key-less door lock. Your e-mail with the check-in instructions included your personal code to the lock. This code was generated for you to be used throughout your stay.
3. What time can I check-in?
Check-in time is 3:00 PM
4. Can I check in early?
We understand that due to travel schedules our guests sometimes arrive early and are eager to get into their accommodations. Unfortunately, the condo may not be ready for our guests. In order for our housekeeping staff to do a thorough job cleaning and taking care of any maintenance issues preparing the condo for your arrival, it is essential that they have a window of uninterrupted time to complete all tasks. Please call if you require an early check-in and we will do our best to accommodate you.
5. Where do we park? There are two covered, reserved parking spots just below your unit. Parking is provided on site for two cars. Parking spots are clearly market with the unit number you are staying in.
6. Do you provide linens or towels? Yes, we provide all linens and towels for our yes, we provide all linens and towels for our guests.
7. Bathrooms?
Umm… yes, our units have bathrooms 🙂
Our condos have 2 full bathrooms. The master bedroom has its own en-suite bathroom and the second bedroom has an adjoining bathroom. Both are 4 piece and recently have been beautifully renovated.
8. Is there a washer and dryer available? Yes, there is a private, full size washer and dryer available in our units.
9. Can I check out late?
Check-out time is 10:00 AM.
Arrangements can be made for a late check-out, but requests must be communicated in advance. All requests will be considered, but cannot always be accommodated.
Our housekeeping staff arrive promptly at 10:00 AM to prepare our units for the next guest arrival. If another guest is not arriving on the same day and maintenance is not scheduled it might be possible to arrange a late check-out.
10. What do I do at Check-out?
Small items can easily be left behind so please make sure you check all drawers and closets for any personal belongings. Please empty out the refrigerator and place any trash in the large receptacle bins outside. Although a housekeeping attendant comes after you leave to ensure the property is clean, we ask you to leave the property in the same condition you received it in. Our housekeeping staff will take care of the rest.
11. Do you have restaurant recommendations?
We sure do, in fact many of the best restaurants we recommend are only a short walk from our condo. We have a number of suggestions and have dined at each and every one of them so we can provide you with our personal reviews. A list of restaurants was included in your digital welcome package, or you can visit our website at … annamariaislandcondorentals.com and take a look at our restaurant blogs.
Still have a question that we haven’t answered here?
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A Special Thank You To The Benson Family For Being Our Guests At Thanksgiving

Reviews Name: Earl Benson

Review Date: 11/25/2018

Star Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Thanksgiving at the beach!!!

The location was great with a beautiful view, and the unit nicely renovated! Terry was easy to work with and even stopped by once during our stay to check on us. We would definitely stay here again in the future!
Submitted: Nov 26, 2018 | Stayed: November 2018
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My Response:

Hi Earl,

Thank you for taking the time to leave this nice review and thank you again for being our guests at Thanksgiving. It was a pleasure meeting you and we look forward to having you as our guests again on Anna Maria Island.

Sincerely,

Terry, Sandy & Family

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Holiday Events On Anna Maria Island – Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals

You won’t find snow on Anna Maria Island, but we do have plenty of events to keep you and your family in the holiday spirit! Here are a few of them:
Saturday, November 24, 2018
Bridge Street Tree Lighting Ceremony – Bradenton Beach
The Bridge Street Merchants annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony is scheduled for approximately 5:45 p.m. on Saturday, November 24. The Christmas tree will be near the roundabout at the east end of Bridge Street, very close to the Bridge Street Pier and will be visible from Gulf Drive. The tree will be lit when it gets dark enough to illuminate the decorations. At present, talks are in the works in hopes of securing some local carollers to share their vocal talents.
Saturday, December, 1, 2018
17th Annual Lester Family Fun Day 
10:30 AM – 2:00 PM with Santa arriving at Noon!
Come out and enjoy some good old fashioned fun at old fashioned prices – Admission is Free and Activity tickets are only 25 cents each! The event is being held at The Center of Anna Maria Island, 407 Magnolia Avenue, Anna Maria. Family fun including, pony rides, face painting, games, cookie decorating, Mechanical Reindeer, Bounce House and more! There will be plenty of yummy food, hot dogs, Duffy’s Burgers and Tyler’s Ice Cream.
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Friday, December 7, 2018
Holmes Beach Open House & Tree Lighting
Where: Tree Lighting will take place at AMI Chamber, 5313 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach
Time: 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM Tree lighting will be at 6:00 PM
Get in the holiday spirit with an evening stroll downtown Holmes Beach shopping and art district and a festive tree lighting celebration. Enjoy listening to Christmas music by CrossPointe Fellowship Holiday Carolers and watch as children’s eyes light up seeing Santa and his sleigh. The Holmes beach Open House and Tree Lighting event begins with a beautiful tree lighting celebration in the Anna Maria Chamber of Commerce parking lot, and then it’s time to explore the shops and choose from many dining options. Many shops will remain open until 8 or 9:00 providing Holliday treats, live music and special sales to boost your season spirit. This event will truly bring out the Christmas spirit.
Privateers Christmas Parade 
Saturday, December 8, 2018
10:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Privateers Christmas Parade 
The Anna Maria Island Privateers will host their annual Christmas parade. The parade travels the entire length of the Island starting at Bayfront Park, 316 N Bay Blvd, Anna Maria and ending at Coquina Beach in Bradenton Beach. It will travel along Gulf Drive and pass right in front of Anna Maris Island Condo Rentals – 601 Gulf Dr. N. Anna Maria Island, Florida 34217 so finding a perfect viewing spot will be easy. After the parade, at Coquina Beach, Santa Clause will be handing out gifts to the children. Come out and see this wonderful parade that brings joy to everyone watching.
Sunday, December 9, 2018
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
An Island Christmas at CrossPointe Fellowship Church presented by The Anna Maria Island Concert Chorus and Orchestra. Come and enjoy this unique and accomplished Chorus and Orchestra. Anna Maria Island Concert Chorus & Orchestra is a cultural mainstay of the Florida Gulf Coast made up of professional and volunteer musicians thrilling their audiences year after year.
CrossPointe Fellowship
8605 Gulf Drive
Holmes Beach, Florida
Weekend Event – Saturday, December 8 & Sunday, December 9, 2018
Winterfest
10:00 AM – 4:30 PM 
On the second weekend of December head over to WINTERFEST, a Festival of Fine Arts & Crafts Show taking place at City Hall Field in Holmes Beach. This event is sponsored by the Anna Maria Island Art League and features food, drinks, live music, and of course a great selection of arts and crafts that you can purchase from local artists.
Where: 5801 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, Florida
Admission and parking are free!
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Friday, December 14, 2018
The Island Centre Holiday Celebration
Holmes Beach
5:00 pm – 7:30pm
There will be snow on Anna Maria Island at this holiday event. Actually, a snowstorm, sponsored by The Islander Newspaper. Snow will definitely be falling and for those of us from the North, it will look a lot like Christmas.
You’re invited to a holiday open house at the AMI Centre Shops. This holiday celebration on Anna Maria Island is at the Centre Shops in Holmes Beach located on East Bay Drive just south of Publix. Santa will visit with the kids on the Privateers Santa Sleigh with holiday cheer from the Centre’s local shops and businesses. The Centres’ shops will be staying open late to spread holiday cheer with refreshments, food, entertainment, treats and fun for all!
Friday, December 14, 2018
Members of the recently-formed Love Bradenton Beach business collective are planning a lighted golf cart parade on Friday, December 14. Presently, details have not been released, but more details are expected soon. If you would like more information about this event, please contact us.
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Saturday, December 15, 2018
Christmas on Bridge Street
5:00 PM – 10:00 PM
The Bridge Street Merchants will host their annual Christmas on Bridge Street holiday celebration on Bridge Street, Bradenton Beach. This year’s Christmas on Bridge Street event starts around 5 p.m. and takes place along the east end of Bridge Street, near the roundabout, the Bridge Tender Inn and the historic Bridge Street Pier.
Santa Claus will be arriving in a Golf Cart and will go from store to store to visit with the children and have pictures taken. There will be live bands on a flatbed in the parking spaces along Bridge Street in front of the Bridge Tender Inn. The band will remain stationary for the most part, but will occasionally go around the block with the band playing. As well as live music bands you can expect to see some Christmas carollers. Participating merchants are planning holiday crafts activities for the kids and some bars and restaurants will offer special drinks or drink specials.
The Privateers also will be on hand for the Dec. 15 Christmas at the Drift In holiday fundraiser. Proceeds from that event will help provide Christmas gifts and holiday meals for this year’s adopted holiday families.
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Saturday, December 15, 2018
Lighted BoatParade
While you are enjoying the holiday festivities on Bridge Street, you can also enjoy the spirit of the season watching the lighted boat parade. The Bradenton Beach Holiday Boat Parade will begin at 7:00 PM in the Intracoastal Waterway. The boat parade can be viewed by land and is being sponsored by the Bradenton Beach Marina and Island Pearl Excursions. The parade will start near the Cortez Bridge and head south to Longboat Pass Bridge where it will turn around and head back to the North passing the Bridge Street Pier ending at the Bradenton Beach Marina. In total, the parade is expected to take 60 – 90 minutes.
Tip from Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals: Your best viewing will be from the Cortez Bridge when the parade starts or historic Bridge Street Pier at the latter part. These two spots will provide an optimal view of the lighted boats. As the boats approach the Bradenton Beach Marina near the end of the parade they will come right beside the pier before turning into the Marina. If you stand about halfway down the pier on the north side the boats will be about 50 feet away from you.
In the spirit of the season we hope you enjoy these holiday events!
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PLAN TO ATTEND — SYMPHONY ON THE SAND-ANNA MARIA ISLAND CONDO RENTALS

Saturday, November 10, 2018 — 4:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Coquina Beach, Gulfside Park
2650 Gulf Dr. S., Bradenton Beach
(south end of the island)
4:30 am – 7:30 pm
A wonderful event to experience while you are visiting beautiful Anna Maria Island. Imagine watching the sunset, listening to the symphony, while you are seated directly on the sand bordering the Gulf of Mexico. You can make that spectacular image a reality with a beachfront concert at Coquina Beach Gulfside Park on Anna Maria Island. The 6th annual Symphony on the Sand will be presenting this event for all musical and gourmet enthusiasts featuring the Anna Maria Island Concert Chorus & Orchestra (AMICCO) on Saturday, Nov. 10th from 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm. The Anna Maria Island Concert Chorus & Orchestra and professional soloists will be performing tunes from Broadway musicals, noted popular and classical music and patriotic favourites. Emcee for the event will be local television personality. There are several seating and food options available at this years event. The Beach|House, Bradenton Beach, The Lazy Lobster of Longboat Key, Harry’s Continental Kitchens, Longboat Key, Hometown Desserts, Anna Maria and the Coquina Cafe at Coquina Beach are this year’s featured local restaurants.
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Coolers and outside food and alcoholic beverages are not allowed into the concert or onto the beach.
This is a rain or shine event so dress accordingly. Dress attire is your preference, whether you choose cocktail or casual dress, remember this event is directly on the sand so we suggest wearing comfortable shoes.
There is plenty of free parking at Coquina Beach and a Trolley stop on site. There is also a convenient Trolley stop at the door step of Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals – 601 Gulf Dr. N. Anna Maria Island, Florida 34217. The Free Island-wide trolleys will be running before and after the concert.
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On-line tickets are available only until noon Friday, November 9th so buy them now before they are sold out. If all tickets are not sold out, they will be available at the door on the day of the event.
To purchase tickets online go to: symphonyonthesand.com
• $125 – Ticket/Person Includes: Table Seating (at table of 10) with delicious small plates by area restaurateurs, complimentary fine wine and select beer
• $50 – Ticket/Person Includes: Concert Chair with 2 drink vouchers per ticket & concessionaire food purchase options
• $20 – Ticket/Person Includes: General Admission bring your own seating with cash bar & concessionaire food purchase options.
Manatee County is contributing $30,000 to help cover the costs of the stage, sound, and lighting, and what is left will help pay the musicians’ stipends. A portion of the proceeds benefits the Anna Maria Island Concert Chorus & Orchestra Youth and Outreach Programs.
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7th Annual Cortez Stone Crab & Music Festival Coming November 10-11, 2018

Cortez Stone Crab and Music Festival
November 10 & November 11 @ 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Saturday November 10 and Sunday November 11, 2018 marks the 7th annual Cortez Stone Crab & Music Festival in the historic fishing village of Cortez.
Enjoy fresh stone crabs and listen to live music at this annual November festival held in the parking lot at the Swordfish Grill and Tiki Bar, 4628 119th St. W. in Cortez, Marker 49 by boat.
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Come out and support the locals – local artists, local musicians, local vendors, local business, local restaurant workers and local fishermen!
This Free outdoor event featuring stone crabs, stone crabs and more stone crabs and of course, live music on three stages both days.
Those attending this years festival can be sure of plenty of fresh seafood supplied by local fishermen, Florida Blue Crab and 1,200 pounds of stone crab, and counting is ready, which include jumbos and colossals. There will be lots of ice cold drinks to compliment your stone crab with some amazing live music. Don’t miss the Saturday performance by Berry Duane Oakley, son of original Allman Brothers Band bassist Berry Oakley. The music will continue into the evening on stages at Swordfish Grill & Tiki Bar and The Cortez Kitchen.
A large tent will be set up for sun or rain protection, local artists will be displaying their goods and there will be an awesome Kid’s zone for the little ones to enjoy. Fun for everyone!
Check out the weekend schedule of the many talented local music acts appearing on three different stages:
Saturday, Nov. 10
10 a.m. – TH & C – main stage
Noon – Doug Deming & The Jewel Tones – main stage
Noon – TC & Randy – Swordfish Tiki stage
2 p.m. – Alowicious – main stage
4 p.m. – Berry Oakley’s Jive Ass Review – main stage
6 p.m. – IPA – Cortez Kitchen stage
6 p.m. – The Kat Crosby Band – Swordfish Tiki stage
Sunday, Nov. 11
10 a.m. – Terry Helm – main stage
Noon – Memphis Rub – main stage
Noon – TC & Randy – Swordfish Tiki stage
2 p.m. – Twinkle and Rock Soul Radio – main stage
3 p.m. – Doug Deming & The Jewel Tones – Cortez Kitchen stage
4 p.m. – Damon Fowler – main stage
5 p.m. Dr. Dave Band – Swordfish Tiki stage
This festival began as a block party for the locals and fishermen when John Banyas, 4th generation fisherman and the owner of Cortez Bait & Seafood, Inc. wanted to give the fishermen a party to kick off stone crab season. Over the last number of years it has grown exponentially; last year there were close to 20,000 people in attendance.
This years festival will benefit the Manatee Chapter of Fishing for Freedom and and the children of Port St. Joe, the sister city of Cortez. Who is Fishing for Freedom and what do they do? Fishing for Freedom is a growing organization of volunteer citizens dedicated to preserving our constitutions, the environment, economy and citizen’s rights through responsible scientific, ecological and biological management. The local chapter spends much of their time fighting against net bans and other legislation that make it extremely difficult for commercial fishermen to do their jobs and make a living. They also organize and participate in rallies and Coastal Cleanup events right here in Manatee County.
When you arrive or before leaving the festival, you might like to wander around the charming village of Cortez. Cortez is the oldest active fishing village in Florida and a great place to watch the local fishermen as they unload their daily catch. Or, take a walk through the historic village and visit the old fish houses and a boat yard. Admire some beach bungalows and charming cottages along the way with views of the Cortez water with pelicans, herons and egrets gathering nearby.
Enjoy your day!
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How to get there from Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals — 601 Gulf Dr. N. Anna Maria Island, Florida 34217
Walk – A very walkable distance, it takes approximately 25 minutes and is an easy route from your condo. Take Gulf Drive, left on Cortez, then right on 119th Street West. When you get close there are signs posted and the crowds are sure to give it away.
Monkey Bus – You might catch one along the way or call ahead This is a fun way to get around, on and off the Island. This is generally tip for service bus, but going off the Island (even though it is very close) there might be a fee for service. Better to call ahead and ask 941-565-6542.
Drive – Free parking will be available at the FISH Preserve, 116th Street West, with shuttles to the festival. Guests are advised to enter at 116th Street. Various volunteers will be running shuttles all day long.
Boat – Marker 49
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