The Most Florida Town Ever And Why You Need To Visit

Recently Anna Maria Island was featured in a
Only in your State posting by Marisa Roman.

When one thinks of Florida — what immediately comes to mind? Beaches. White, sandy shoreline. Endless expanses of ocean. Sunsets off into the horizon. Locals who love their town and their state. A frozen drink or two, perhaps. Waterfront dining and fresh seafood galore. These are just a few things that may pop into one’s head when they picture Florida. Which is why this one town may just be the most Florida town you’ve come across, and boy, is it dreamy.

Check it out the full article here and find out why Anna Maria Island is truly one of the only “old Florida” places remaining.

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Epic Drone Footage of the Florida Mullet Run

BlacktipH spent an entire week filming the Florida mullet run with their drone and they captured some epic moments! The mullet run occurs every fall along the beaches of Florida. Billions of baitfish migrate south for the winter along with thousands of hungry predators.

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The Anna Maria Island Trolley is a great way to tour the island, transporting you to all your favorite restaurants and shops. Thanks to the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce, this MCAT (Manatee County Area Transit) trolley is FREE! Just one more reason you don’t need a car to get around on our intimate 7-mile island. You can even load your bike on convenient racks provided at the front of the trolley.

Just walk over to one of the many Trolley stops and jump on board.  Daily service runs from 6 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. every 20 minutes from the Anna Maria City Pier on the north to Coquina Beach on the south. Trolleys offer both air conditioned and open-air seating. Click here for their route timetable and other Need to Know information.

 

BY MARTY CLEAR
mclear@bradenton.com

You’ll hardly be able to turn on your TV in the coming weeks without seeing the Bradenton area.

Well, okay, so that’s an exaggeration, but in addition to “Claws”’ the Sunday night TNT comedy-drama that’s set in an ersatz Palmetto but occasionally shows recognizable area locales, and “Siesta Key,” the MTV reality series that premieres July 31, there’s also an episode of an HGTV show that was filmed on Anna Maria Island.

The show is titled “Beachfront Bargain Hunt: Renovation.” The Anna Maria episode is scheduled to air from 9 to 10 p.m. July 15.

The episode revolves around Ryan Brantley, a Realtor who’s based in Brandon but often sells homes in the Bradenton-Sarasota area, and her grandmother Arlene Wood.

“She’s been living in Orlando, a former Disney employee, and she’s always wanted a home on the beach,” Brantley said. “After 30 years of living in Florida, she’s finally getting her beach house. She actually lived in Sarasota for a short time, which is how she got know Anna Maria Island.”

In the episode, film crews followed Brantley and Wood as they looked at several homes on the island. Rose finally settled on one. (They looked at homes in Holmes Beach, Anna Maria and Bradenton Beach, but Brantley’s not allowed to say which one her grandmother chose.) The crew then stuck around as Wood had workers renovate the house.

It’s apparently not easy to get on “Bargain Hunt Beachfront: Renovation.” Brantley had watched the show and thought that she and her grandmother’s quest for an Anna Maria home, with plans to spend the rest of her life there, would be a great fit for the show. She applied to be on the show, but it took “a year or two” before production started.

“It wasn’t that they we didn’t hear from them in all that time,” Brantley said. “We were just at the wrong point in the process so they had to wait. We weren’t far enough along yet.”

The camera crews first came to Manatee County in January, and followed the home-buying process and the renovation until just a few weeks ago, Brantley said.

Although Brantley can’t reveal as much as she’d like to about what happens in the episode, she will say that her grandmother is delighted with her Anna Maria Island home.

“This is really kind of a dream that she’s been having for most her life, to live in a home on the beach,” Brantley said. “And now she’s starting the process.”

The Beach House restaurant will host a free viewing party for the episode starting at 8 p.m. July 15. Three TVs on the patio will be tuned to the show.

Marty Clear: 941-708-7919, @martinclear

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