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CELEBRATE EARTH DAY WITH A CULINARY EXPERIENCE ON ANNA MARIA ISLAND

Sunday, April 22, 2018 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm come and enjoy a different culinary experience while supporting START (Solutions to Avoid Red Tide).

START’s Earth Day Culinary Celebration will feature delicious local, sustainable seafood selections and tropical libations created by the event’s primary sponsors: The Sandbar, Beach House and Mar Vista Restaurants.

Beach House Restaurant just a few minutes walk from Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals – 601 Gulf Dr. N. Anna Maria Island, Florida 34217.

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The Celebration is being held at The Studio at Gulf and Pine located at 10101 Gulf Drive on Anna Maria Island. The Studio has plenty of free parking and is north of the condo, about a 10 minute drive. Or, leave your car and ride the Free Island Trolley north to Pine Avenue, Anna Maria.

Tickets for the event are available for $30.00 each by calling 941-713-3105.

The event is appropriately scheduled for Earth Day to support the highly successful local Gulf Coast Oyster Recycling and Renewal program (GCORR) in the coastal waters of Manatee County. It is a working partnership formed with a grant from the Tampa and Trolley Bay Estuary Program that includes START, The Chile’s a Group of Restaurants-The Sandbar, Beach House and Mar Vista restaurants, the Manatee County Parks and Recreation Department, the University of Florida’s IFAS Program, and the Gulf Coast Shellfish Institute.

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A brief background of the program: GCORR began as a one-year pilot program in 2017 and is focused on extending the program through 2018 and beyond.  As part of the project bins were purchased for the participating restaurants to store the used live shells and a trailer to haul the shells from the restaurants. The employees at the three Chiles Group participating Restaurants, the Beach House, Mar Vista and The Sandbar dutifully collect the shells, clean them in the restaurants’ dishwashers, store them in the holding bins and deliver the shells once or twice a week to a storage area at Perico Preserve. Employees from the Parks and Recreation Department then store the shells for curing and prepare them for delivery to the seeding area. Sounds like a lot of work, but by doing so the project keeps the used oyster shells out of landfills and instead uses them as the hard bottom base to grow new oyster reefs. In its first year 40,000 pounds or 20 tons of oyster shells were recycled. We are all aware of the importance of sustainability and GCORR’s  approach is doubly sustainable as it reduces shells going to landfills and also reduces the need to dig up fossil shells as a base for new oyster reefs.

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Earth Day 2018 at The Studio, bring your friends and family or come alone and mingle with other visitors. Stations will be set up offering culinary creations created by the team of chefs from the Sandbar, Beach House and Mar Vista restaurants. While there, take a look at the local art which will provide the backdrop at the Studio. Special door prizes will be given out and there will be a number of silent auction items available to bid on. Silent auction items featuring Anna Maria Island products, gourmet meals and vacation opportunities.

Sounds like a fun evening, combining good food with support for a worthwhile program.

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