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Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals – Latest News from The Sandbar, Beach House & Mar Vista Restaurants

A family of three Waterfront Restaurants featuring fresh seafood, Old Florida Charm offering breathtaking views.
The Beach House Restaurant is the closest of the three, just a three minute walk south of Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals – 601 Gulf Dr. N. Anna Maria Island Florida 34217. Families will enjoy the Beach House where their kids can play on the beach while you enjoy the sunset, a tropical drink and fresh Florida seafood. The Beach House is an award-winning location for beach weddings, receptions or any special event.
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The beachfront Sandbar Restaurant on the North end of Anna Maria Island is the perfect place to enjoy the sunset over the Gulf of Mexico from their dining room or outdoor covered deck. The Sandbar is one the most popular places on Anna Maria Island where you can dine with yours toes in the sand.
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The Mar Vista Dockside Restaurant and Pub is approximately 2 miles south of us, located on the North end of Longboat Key in the heart of historic Longboat Village. Arrive by boat (Intracoastal mile marker 39) or by car to enjoy fresh Florida seafood inside the quaint dining room or on our outdoor covered deck overlooking picturesque Sarasota Bay.
Some recent news from these fabulous restaurants:
  • Stone Crab Season is here — Stone Crabs are back in full force. Beach House, Sandbar and Mar Vista all have these environmentally friendly and delicious crab claws in stock most nights. Supply is of course based on the success of the local crabbing fleet, but so far, they have been able to keep up with demand.
  • There is something new on the Beach House menu. The Beach House Torpedo Sandwich, looks like a sure way to take care of your hunger. The sandwich features Bob Woods’ Sausage on a house-made hoagie roll with a side of house-made pickled relish and house-made potato chips. Sounds yummy!
  • The next time you dine at the Beach House enjoy a New Shopping Experience. The Beach House team has been working extra hours to make your shopping experience at the Beach House extra special. You will find all new items just in time for the coming holiday season. They have worked hard and have done an amazing job of making your shopping easier. Come take a look, I think you will agree!
  • Extended Savings at Mar Vista – While it has ended at the Sandbar and the Beach House, the $10 off of $30 promotion has been extended at Mar Vista through the end of November. To print your coupon, go to: //www.marvistadining.com/november
  • Now, for those of you that have been asking about Thanksgiving Holiday Hours: The Sandbar, Mar Vista and the Beach House will again be following their past tradition and all three restaurants will be closed on Thanksgiving Day. This allows their employees to spend the day celebrating with their families and enjoying a wonderful holiday. They will re-open on the Friday after Thanksgiving with normal hours of operation.
  • We are all looking for ways to make gift shopping easier and the Beach House, Sandbar and Mar Vista Restaurants offers you a simple way to get an early start on your Christmas shopping with this great offer. A great Christmas Gift Idea that everyone on your list will love and just another reason to visit any three of our favourite restaurants on Anna Maria Island. For every $100 you buy in gift cards, you get a $25 bonus gift card and the cards are good at all three locations. The Holiday Gift Card Sale Promotion ends January 7, 2019. Be sure to order by December 16 for Christmas Eve delivery. Gift cards to the Sandbar, Beach House and Mar Vista are always available at all three restaurants, you can also buy them online at – https/:beachstore.groupersandwich.com/gift-cards E-Gift Cards are available instantly. Email, print or redeem directly on your mobile phone. Mailed Gift Cards – Available from their online store. You will be mailed a plastic gift card and shipping is free.
  • The Chiles Restaurant Group, owner of the Sandbar, Beach House and Mar Vista restaurants gives back to the community. Ed Chile’s knows the value of investing and giving back to the community. The group recently supported the Drink Pink Campaign and sold 1,317 pink drinks in October. For every drink sold they promised to donate $1 to We Care Manatee, therefore, donating $1,300. They will also be donating $1,317 to support breast health services for local women who otherwise couldn’t afford these services. So grateful to their guests, they publicly thanked them for embracing this great fundraiser. Way to go The Chile’s Group!
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While vacationing with Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals be sure to dine at one or all of these three restaurants and discover for yourself why these “Old Florida” restaurants are favorites for locals and tourists alike.
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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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ANNA MARIA ISLAND, ISLAND PLAYERS “BAGGAGE” November 2018

Get your tickets before they’re sold out!
 
As you enjoy your accommodations with Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals 601 Gulf Dr. N. Anna Maria Island, Florida 34217 we think you will also enjoy an evening at this local theatre. You will find several excellent restaurants and dessert shops within walking distance of the theatre for dining before or after the show. Food and beverages not allowed in the theatre.
The Island Players community theatre is a beautifully maintained little theatre with a long history on Anna Maria Island. The historic building was originally the William H. Gillette family home in Parrish and around 1912 was brought by barge down the Manatee River and relocated to its present site on Gulf Drive in Anna Maria. Prior to it becoming “The Island Community Theatre” it was used as a school classroom, the centre of municipal affairs, a church for different religious denominations, a tourist information center, the Women’s Club meeting place and Anna Maria Garden Club, and as a service club during World War II. Until the mid 1970s the Anna Maria City Commission held its meetings here and it was around this time when some big changes took place. Damage in the building was found and being a historical landmark the maintenance and repair was too costly for the city. As luck would have it the Island Players group was looking to build their own theatre and an arrangement was made with the city. The Island Players repaired the building along with some major renovations including stage, installation of 137 seats and carpeting. To this day continue to maintain and preserve it. Today the theatre offers comfortable seating, lots of leg room and viewing with no obstructions. We are sure you will have a fun night out at this long established theatre, with a stage production presented by The Island Players. Anna Maria Island residents and visitors are fortunate to have this dedicated organization, The Island Players, founded in 1949, provide artistic experiences to us and our surrounding communities. You will find staff and volunteers from the box office to the stage manager and actors clearly love what they do and it shows. The productions are always well done with great performances by talented local actors giving you, their audience, a most enjoyable theatre experience.
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The Island Players group kicked off its 70th season in September of this year.
Don’t miss their next performance November 8 – November 18, 2018 BAGGAGE by Sam Bobrick. Directed by James Thaggard.
Baggage is a comedy that illustrates what happens when two difficult single people, Phyllis and Bradley, meet due to confusion over the ownership of a suitcase. Their accidental swap of suitcases causes a disagreeable meeting and moves on to a most unlikely friendship. This light hearted play is threaded with humour as the contents of the case are revealed and the two characters get to know each other. While these two might be the opposite of all that is easy for everyone else, will these complex singles turn out to be a perfect match?
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Tickets can be purchased in person at the Box Office or by phone – (941) 778-5755
Box office is located at 10009 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria, Florida (Gulf Drive and Pine Avenue). Tickets are $20 (US) per performance for season’s five primary plays.
You can also purchase seasonal tickets for all five plays at a slight discount if you plans include staying on the island for a longer period of time.
The box office is open 10 days before opening night Monday through Saturday, 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM and on performance nights as “Will Call” only, one hour before curtain.
Regular show performances are: Tuesday through Saturday evenings at 8:00 pm and Sunday matinees @ 2:00 pm
For additional information visit their website — theislandplayers.org
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The following is a list of the Island Players remaining shows for the 2018/2019 season:
January 10 – January 27, 2019 I HATE HAMLET by Paul Rudnick,
Directed by Preston Boyd
March 7 – March 24, 2019 A FLEA IN HER EAR by Geroges Feydeau
Directed by Kelly Wynn Woodland
May 2 – May 12, 2019 PRESENT LAUGHTER by Noel Coward,
Directed by Mike Lusk
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New Non-Stop Routes from LONDON UK & HAMILTON, Ontario, CANADA to TAMPA

Travelling will be easier (and less expensive) for our guests from LONDON UK & HAMILTON, Ontario, CANADA as Tampa International Airport announces new non-stop routes and a new carrier.
For our London guests, the drive from Tampa International Airport to Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals – 601 Gulf Dr. N. Anna Maria Island, Florida 34217 is 1 hour verses 3 hours to Orlando International Airport. That 2 hours in time savings means you have already been to the supermarket, arrived at your condo, loaded up the refrigerator, unpacked and are now heading to the beach before your flight has even landed in Orlando.
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As Tampa International Airport recently announced a new, non-stop flight from Tampa to London on Norwegian Airlines we shouted “hooray! Beginning October 31, the direct route from Tampa Airport to London’s Gatwick Airport will operate twice weekly on Wednesdays and Saturdays. The Norwegian flights will fly out of Tampa at 10:50 p.m. Wednesdays, arriving in London at 10:45 a.m. Thursdays. On Saturdays, flights will leave at 10 p.m. with arrival in London at 9:55 a.m. Sundays. From London, the flights will leave Wednesdays at 2:55 p.m. to arrive in Tampa at 8:35 p.m., and on Saturdays at 2:05 p.m. to arrive in Tampa at 7:45 p.m.
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Norwegian Airlines boasts it is the world’s sixth largest low cost airline and is a great choice for budget conscious traveller looking for international flights. British Airways already flies daily between Tampa and Gatwick so now passengers will have a choice of two nonstop airlines to London. As of today’s date, I checked for a Tampa to London round trip on the same days in November and found Norwegian’s introductory air fares much lower on the outbound and return flights than on British Airways. Check for yourself, bookings are available online at Norwegian’s web site with some introductory one-way economy fares available.
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Tampa International Airport is also offering new nonstop flights to Canada via a new carrier, Swoop. As a subsidiary of West Jet, Canada’s second largest airline, Swoop, was formed in June of this year and is Canada’s first true ultra-low-cost carrier. Swoop announced in August its entrance into the United States market with five new international flight routes, including one for Tampa and one to Orlando. It began October 20 offering nonstop flights between Tampa, Florida and Hamilton, Ontario. The new routes are offered in three weekly services.
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As Canadians know, it is expensive for airlines to operate out of Toronto, therefore making air travel out of reach for some. For many people that have been driving to Buffalo, New York looking for less expensive airfare (yes we are among those) flying out of Hamilton is a great option and welcome news. Hamilton is such a great location, easy to reach from in or around the greater Toronto area. According to the director of research at the Tampa International Airport, working with Swoop has resulted in lower fares and greater competition which in the end benefits passengers. Today, I checked flights from Hamilton to Tampa and got unbelievable one-way fares of $119 Canadian dollars including taxes! Check out their low fares at flyscoop.com.
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This Weekend On Anna Maria Island

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Don’t Miss this two weekend event beginning tonight, November 2, 2018. artsHOP is an annual three-day event celebrating a diverse selection of local arts, theatre shows, crafts, music and food. Quench your Arts and cultural thirst while visiting Anna Maria Island with an art walk and entertainment. This event is sponsored by local businesses and the Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors Bureau. To help guide you through this event you will be provided with passports as well as lots of opportunities to win some amazing prize baskets. Among the prizes are, a weekend on Anna Maria Island – complete with accommodation, dining, recreational activities and gifts, a fabulous Keetons Office & Art Supplies basket full of art supplies and baskets featuring local artwork from featured artists and more. Proceeds from the ArtHop raffles and “Follow the Flock” will benefit local conservation efforts of Anna Maria Island shorebirds and will be donated to Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch & Shorebird Monitoring.
Here is a list of events celebrated as part of artsHOP:
Friday, November 2nd – City of Bradenton Beach art walk from 5:30-8:00 pm. Visit local stores along historic Bridges Street showcasing their local artist productions. See beautiful photography, handmade jewellery, sculptures and paintings while listening to live music. 
Saturday, November 3rd – City of Anna Maria art walk from 1:00-4:00 pm. Visit many local shops, galleries and the Island’s very own Anna Maria Historic Society museum on historic Pine Avenue. Live music will be featured as you engage with local artists and shop owners to learn about the local artwork and heritage of Anna Maria Island.
This is next weekend, but I thought I should include it in case you are lucky enough to be on Anna Maria Island both weekends. Friday, November 9th: City of Holmes Beach art walk from 5:30-8:00 pm. Shops, galleries throughout Holmes Beach and Waterline Marina Resort, 5325 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, will be featuring local art demonstrations, local art, live music and more. Basket Raffle Prize drawings will be held at the Ugly Grouper, 5704 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach starting at 8:00 pm.
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Holiday Craft Fair
Date – Saturday, November 3, 2018
Time – 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Stop by the Roser Community Church Fellowship Hall (the entrance is just east of the Centennial Chapel) to explore the tables of unique handcrafted items and get some early Christmas shopping done. There will be lots of crafty items for sale as well as a bake sale with lots of homemade goodies for you to enjoy. Lunch is available, so bring friends or meet new friends and enjoy a meal together.
Roser Memorial Community Church is located near the Anna Maria City Pier at 512 Pine Avenue. For more information call the church office at 941-778-0414.
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Coquina Beach Market 
Date: Sunday, November 4, 2018
Coquina Beach, 2650 Gulf Drive South from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
A weekly market on the beach with many unique vendors offering something for everyone. You will find fresh produce, local artists, many unique handmade products, jewellery, purses, hats and other sun apparel, health and beauty items and more. Enjoy all of this while walking along the beautiful white sand beach along the Gulf of Mexico. You can relax with food and drinks on the deck at Coquina Cafe while listening to the live music playing at the market.
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Anna Maria Island has a Free trolley that runs the entire length of the island. Catch the northbound trolley to Anna Maria or Holmes Beach and the southbound trolley to Bridge Street and the Coquina Beach Market.
Contact us for more information.
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Thank You To Perry & Sophie For Being Our Guests – Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals

Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals – 601 Gulf Dr. N. Anna Maria Island, Florida 34217

Review Name’s: Perry & Sophie Headford

Review Date: Oct. 30/2018

Review Rating: 5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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 favourite s
✔️Over all stunning
✔️Submitted: Oct 30, 2018 | Stayed: October 2018

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My Response:

Hi Perry & Sophie,

Thank you so much for taking the time to leave this awesome review and thank you again for being our guests and we are thrilled you had a great time. Please keep us in mind for your future travel plans we would feel fortunate to have you as our guests again.

Sincerely,

Terry, Sandy & Family

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JOIN US AT THIS UPCOMING EVENT ON ANNA MARIA ISLAND 

SandBlast Sand Sculpting Competition – November 1-3, 2018
Manatee Beach Lifeguard Tower 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach
Free Clinics taught by master sculptors Team Sandtastic — Thursday, November 1 and Friday November 2, 2018 from 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Main Competition — Saturday November 3, 2018 from 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Sand Sculpting – 9 am to 1 pm
Judging – 1 pm to 2 pm Awards – 2 pm
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Enjoy this Free annual fun family event at the Manatee Public Beach, one of the many beautiful beaches Anna Maria Island offers. Learn Tips, Tricks and Techniques of sand sculpture from professionals and watch as amateur school teams and adult divisions take part in a sand sculpture competition. Funds raised help support programs of Keep Manatee Beautiful, a group dedicated to environmental improvement throughout the country. A non-profit organization, Keep Manatee Beautiful and its affiliates, Keep America Beautiful and Keep Florida Beautiful boasts more than 10,000 volunteers. Keep Manatee Beautiful was established in the spring of 1991 with a goal to make Manatee County cleaner and more beautiful and a mission of providing solutions to littering, recycling, solid waste disposal and illegal dumping. The organization inspires the community to get involved in litter cleanups, outdoor beautification projects and tree planting.
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Register or sponsor a team by Oct. 31 at www.manateebeautiful.com,
keep@manateebeautiful.com or 941-795-8272
For those wishing to participate ….
Beverages & Snack Bags Provided! Lots of Awards & Pizza Parties for 1st Place Winners!
Great Family Fun In the Sun!
Sand Themes: Free Form or Wildlife. Elementary-Middle School or High School-Adult
$300 entry fee with up to 15 members per team.
Each 15′ x 15′ plot will be mounded with sand prior to the event.
Bring spades, shovels, buckets and trowels to create your winning sculpture. Arrive at 8:00 a.m. the morning of the event to be assigned
your plot on a first-come/first-serve basis at the check-in table.
Also, donations to this non-profit organization, Keep Manatee Beautiful, are gladly accepted and gratefully appreciated anytime!
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Happy Halloween! From: Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals, Bradenton Beach, Florida

Anyone can enjoy Halloween. It is not just for kids, adults can have fun too. For me, Halloween is more than dressing up, it’s about getting into the spirit of Halloween.
What’s your favourite part? Costume parties, telling ghost stories, watching scary movies?
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Here are the things I love about Halloween —
  • Being creative, you can dress up and be anyone/anything you want to be.
  • Halloween decorations are not as complicated as other holidays and typically are not overly expensive.
  • Halloween celebrates excess sugar. It’s all about consuming special treats and who doesn’t like to indulge their sweet teeth?
  • It’s the only day of the year we allow and encourage our kids to talk to strangers. They knock on the doors of people they don’t know, shout “trick-or-treat” and expect to get a treat in return.
  • Halloween music is the best. Who doesn’t love Michael Jackson’s Thriller, The Monster Mash, The Rocky Horror Picture Show The Time Warp, Ghostbuster Theme Song, The Addams Family Theme Song, Rockwell Somebody’s Watching Me, Ding Dong The Witch is Dead?
  • You don’t have to worry about what to get someone for Halloween. Forget about gift planning, gift-wrapping, and gift returns. Buy some candy to hand out (or eat yourself) and everyone is happy.
  • I think the real beauty of Halloween is, there are no age restrictions and it is completely voluntary.
With Halloween just around the corner what are you going to do? You can prepare to watch your favorite horror movies and featured TV shows. As well, you might consider these things to do while vacationing with Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals.

Bradenton Beach Ghost Tours

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The Paranormal Society of Bradenton is hosting family-friendly walking tours which are held Tuesday through Saturday at 8:00 pm. Each tour is approximately 90 minutes and begin next to Island Time Inn (across from Island Time Bar & Grill).

You will hear chilling Anna Maria Island ghosts stories and the area’s strange but rich history. Your tour guide will tell you ghostly tales from the founding of Bradenton Beach right up to the present day. Your journey begins at Bridge Street with stories about Bridge Tender, the Pier, Drift Inn & Island Time Bar & Grill. You’ll also learn about a number of ship wrecks and the mysterious woman seen walking along the water on Bradenton Beach. This is a great way to understand the Island’s history as Bradenton Beach tour stories are based on research, eyewitness accounts, and paranormal books connected to factual and historical events. Please remember while you are on tour that what you hear is the truth. This is not theatrical, these tours are based on fact. Get your cameras ready. We invite you to join them!
Bradenton Beach paranormal tours Tickets are – $15 for adults and $10 for children over 5, kids 5 and under are free – Buy tickets online in advance via PayPal on the Paranormal Society of Bradenton’s website. When purchasing tickets online – please add a tour date, party name in the PayPal instructions and a phone number in case the tour needs to be cancelled.
Tickets for the Bradenton Beach Ghost Tour are very limited. Once they are sold out, you will have to choose a different date. To ensure that you get a spot on the ghost tour that you would like to take, you are required to purchase your tickets in advance. There are no refunds and they do not allow walk-ups to join the tour. They will tour in light rain, but if it begins to storm the tour will be cancelled and a a refund will be given or credit for another tour. Same day tickets MUST be purchased by 5:00pm EST for 8:00pm tour.
Email psobfl@gmail.com or call 941-704-0621 with any questions.
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Bridge Tender Inn Halloween Party — 3:30 pm Tiki Trivia
Halloween Bash and Costume Street Party from 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
At 7:00 pm enjoy awesome live music with Brigid’s Cross

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2018 – OCTOBER IS RESTAURANT MONTH – BRADENTON, ANNA MARIA ISLAND, LONG BOAT KEY 

While spending your holiday with Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals-601 Gulf Dr. N. Anna Maria Island, Florida 34217 whether you are soaking up the beautiful Florida sunshine on the beach or at the pool, jet skiing, shopping or listening to live music on Bridge Street don’t miss out on these restaurant deals. These deals are available until October 31st so it’s not too late! Enjoy local dining with beautiful sunsets, handcrafted cocktails and uniques flavours while saving big. Dine at any of these great restaurants, some of the many amazing restaurants our area has to offer.
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Anna Maria Oyster Bar — 941-778-2662 — 200 Bridge Street (Historic Bridge Street Pier) Bradenton Beach
Service is good and food is amazing. Lots of options from seafood to burger to chicken there is something for everyone. The desserts are fabulous! It is directly on the bay and offers beautiful views from the outdoor seating on the pier.
Amazing Promotion —
$5 TWO FISH TACOS AND MARGARITA
• Available all day at AMOB on the Pier.
• Available from 11am-4pm at Landside, Cortez, and Ellenton.
• 21+ up only.
$5 ALL YOU CAN EAT PANCAKES
• Available only at AMOB on the Pier from 8-11 am daily.
$5 BUD LIGHT PITCHERS
• Ice cold and available all day at all locations.
• 21+ up only.
$14.99 LOBSTER MANIA
• Available daily at AMOB on the Pier
• Available at Landside, Cortez, and Ellenton on Tuesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays while supplies last.
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Beach House Restaurant — 941-779-2222 — 200 Gulf Drive North, Bradenton Beach
This is one of the best places to dine on Anna Maria Island. Located right on the beach with the most amazing view, a wonderful out door sunken lounge and sandy beach dining area. Fantastic food, friendly staff and perfect location! They also have a cute lobby shop selling beachwear items at good prices.
The Sandbar 941-778-0444 — 100 Spring Avenue, Anna Maria
This place is a gem tucked away at the North end of Anna Maria Island. Parking is limited, but they do offer valet service. You won’t be disappointed dining right on the beach with a glorious view of the ocean. The food is always fresh and delicious, and the service is prompt and friendly. A perfect place to experience delicious dining with the magnificent Gulf of Mexico sunsets.
Mar Vista Dockside Restaurant & Pub 941- 383-2391 — 760 Broadway Street, Long Boat Key
You can feel the “Old Florida charm” when dining at Mar Vista. It’s really hard to beat having dinner under the buttonwood mangroves at the water’s edge. Watching the boats pulling up to the dock makes for a perfect setting. They have a variety of menu options, but their clam chowder is outstanding and the coconut shrimp salad is delicious. A relaxing atmosphere with a gorgeous view.
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*Beach Bistro — 941-778-6444 — 6600 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria
Anna Maria Beach Bistro is Anna Maria Island’s premiere dining destination. It sits directly on the beautiful white sands of the Gulf of Mexico and the view from the dining room is absolutely gorgeous. It is unassuming from the outside, but the inside dining room decor is intimate and certainly fine dining. Beach Bistro is a top 20 ZAGAT restaurant in the United States with an internationally acclaimed chef that consistently prepares impeccable and perfectly presented meals. From fresh Gulf Seafood and Prime American Beef and Domestic American Lamb the Beach Bistro has earned it a reputation for the Best Food in Florida.
*Eat Here — 941-778-0411 — 5315 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach
Eat Here is the little sister restaurant to the Beach Bistro. The menu offers a variety of dishes from tacos and pizza to more sophisticated fares. The presentation of each plate is very nice and the portions are generous. You will enjoy a relaxed Island atmosphere with seating inside or outside on their patio.
*The Doctor’s Office — 941-213-9926 — 5312 Holmes Blvd. unit B Holmes Beach
The Doctor’s Office is Anna Maria Island’s best new craft cocktail bar.
The Doctor’s Office like it’s name is a former physician’s office. The theming is carried through the decor such as vintage medical charts and the cocktail list have clever medicine names. The bartenders are very talented mixologists and familiar with any request you might have. On our most recent visit we enjoyed listening to a singer perform to prerecorded music. The space is small and it does get a little crowded, but it is a fun, upbeat place to go. Enjoy cocktails, local beer and bar fare every evening from 5 until mid-night.
*Mention their promotion and say “Sure is HOT” for a FREE drink!
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Wicked Cantina — 941-281-2990 — 101 7th St N, Bradenton Beach, Florida
Right across from the beach and about a two minute walk from Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals. Enjoy a terrific view of the gulf from the outdoor deck as well as from inside and live music every night. Their home made guacamole is delicious and the margaritas are the best! This restaurant has a wonderfully casual atmosphere, complimented by a warm and friendly staff. A great place to enjoy dinner and make sure to try their key lime pie…amazing! This place is not one to miss!
While you’re there, ask about their October promotion.
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Seafood Shack — 941- 794-1235 — 4110 127th Street West, Cortez
A great casual waterfront restaurant. Good food and great location. Enjoy watching the boats pass by on the intercostal waterway. 
*The Seafood Shack in Cortez wants you to #ThinkPink, #DrinkPink this October in support of the Breast Health Services at We Care Manatee. They will donate $1 for every Boob-Berry Lemonade sold during the month of October to We Care Manatee.
The Boob-Berry Lemonade packs a little punch with Stoli vodka infused with fresh strawberries, blueberries and raspberries, freshly squeezed lemonade and a splash of soda. The Shack donates $1 for each Boob-Berry Lemonade purchased. The Breast Health Services at We Care Manatee is a nonprofit organization committed to achieving prevention and a cure for breast cancer through research. The funding aids research worldwide to fuel advances in tumor biology, genetics, prevention, treatment, metastasis and breast cancer survival.
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Call to inquire about other promotions 941.794.1235
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Waterfront Restaurant – 941-778-1515 – 111 S Bay Blvd., Anna Maria
The Waterfront Restaurant is located at the North end of Anna Maria Island in a freestanding cottage offering indoor and outdoor patio dining. The interior has recently been updated but, maintains the Old Florida feel. This is one of our favourite restaurants on Anna Maria Island. Very pleasant surroundings with a view of the bay and the food is amazing. Good menu with plenty of options – seafood, beef, chicken. Very cordial staff that are attentive to service needs.
*Come to the Waterfront Restaurant and mention the promotion of Bradenton Area CVB to receive 20% OFF your entire bill!*
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Small Town Creamery – 941-213-9107 – 5404 Marina Dr. Holmes Beach, Anna Maria Island
An outstanding ice cream shop with a delicious assortment of desserts. They have indoor and outdoor seating. Friendly staff, plenty of ice cream choices and reasonable prices. They also sell fudge, wine popcicles, candy and some toys. A fun environment!
-Small Town Creamery’s October Fudge Special.  Buy 1 pound of fresh
homemade fudge and get a ½ lb free!
-Fall in Florida means it’s time to enjoy Maple Walnut and Penuchi Fudge
(Brown Sugar Fudge with a hint of maple
-Halloween Wiffer Sniffers are here!  Limited quantities available.
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Swordfish Grill and Tiki Bar — 941-798-2035 — 4628 119th Street, Cortez
A waterfront restaurant right on Sarasota Bay, in Cortez Village, Florida’s oldest active fishing village. A very casual “local” atmosphere with indoor and outdoor seating featuring LIVE music nine times a week. Food is fresh and service is good.
Mention this promotion for Happy Hour ALL DAY Monday through Saturday, 11:00am – 6:00pm. This deal includes $2 off all cocktails and house wines and $1 off all beer
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Last, but certainly not least, as part of this October promotion don’t miss your chance to give the ultimate beach vacation to your friends or family. While dining at any participating area restaurant, post a picture of yourself enjoying the food to Facebook or Instagram with #DineCoastal to win a five-night stay in the Bradenton Area complete with round trip airfare and restaurant vouchers! Good luck!!
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