Summer is here and beach time on Anna Maria Island officially starts! School is out, the Gulf waters are warming up and locals as tourists are flocking to the beach. Just remember a few hints and have a great time enjoying sand and surf!
Beach flag warning system
Red – Swim with extreme caution due to strong currents or rough surf
Yellow – Swim with caution due to strong currents or rough surf
Green – Swimming allowed, calm conditions
Purple – Presence of marine pests such as jellyfish, sharks, stingrays or red tide
Don’t underestimate Florida’s sun! It is extremely strong and applying sunscreen is a must if you do not like to suffer the rest of your vacation stay. Cover ups like hats and other UV protective gear, umbrellas or sun tents are also recommended.
Have you been to the beach when you see the most beautiful turquoise water under blue skies and turn around to see dark, ominous clouds coming from the other side? Please remember Tampa Bay is called the “Lightning Capital of the World” and the safest place to be in a thunderstorm is indoors. Head off the beach when you hear thunder in the distance because lightning is in striking distance.
Fishing directly off the shores on Anna Maria Island requires a saltwater fishing license for anyone over 16. The piers have a blanket license under which you are covered. Watch out for swimmers close to you. Nobody wants to be “hooked”.
Are you renting a home with a private pool? The sad statistic is that drowning is the leading cause of death of young children in Florida. Therefore a residential swimming pool must have at least one of these pool safety features. Make yourself familiar which safety option is at your rental home.
(a) the pool must be isolated from access to a home by an enclosure that meets the pool barrier requirements
(b) the pool must be equipped with an approved safety pool cover
(c) all doors and windows providing direct access from the home to the pool must be equipped with an exit alarm
(d) all doors providing direct access from the home to the pool must be equipped with a self-closing, self-latching device
There are about 372,000 miles of world coastline with over one-third of the total human population or about 2.4 billion people living within 60 miles of an oceanic coast. Please be aware of what you are bringing to the beach and more importantly that you take it all back. With plastic trash accumulating in the oceans we all can help out a bit. There are trash and recycle receptacles at every beach access on the island.
Leaving nothing but footprints, take nothing but memories!
The official start for the storm season is June 1st and lasts through November 30th. The National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) predicts a near normal hurricane season with 9-15 names storms. The ongoing El Nino is expected to stay in place and suppress the intensity of the hurricane season. Preparation is key. If there is a mandatory evacuation all islanders need to leave which includes all vacation renters.