Category: Anna Maria Island Nature

Posted on 8/6/2020

New Beach Under Way!

This year's renourishment project started July 8th by 78th St in Holmes Beach with the new beach being well under way. Due to storms and natural erosion this procedure is necessary every few years. This is the 5th time after the initial project in 1992. Altogether 5.5 miles of the 7 mile island...

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Posted on 10/4/2019

Beach Yoga

Anna Maria Island has the perfect balance of relaxation and fun things to do. Why not combine two spiritual experiences to the ultimate outdoor worship in a session of Beach Yoga? For the Yoga lovers â€" can you imagine the serenity of the gentle breeze on your body while you strike a...

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Posted on 6/1/2019

Beach Time on Anna Maria Island!

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 Look at the flags at the Coquina...

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Posted on 5/1/2019

Birds of Anna Maria Island

The birds of Anna Maria Island are just another part of the ecologically diverse paradise that is known for its sugar white, powdery beaches on the Gulf coast of Florida. Bird lovers will experience many sightings along the beach or in the sanctuaries on the island like Grassy Point or...

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Posted on 4/23/2019

Turtle Season 2019

Turtle Season 2019 is fast approaching on Anna Maria Island. The official start date is May 1st and will last through October 31, 2019. It is that time of year when special beach rules are in place to protect the threatened sea turtles that are coming ashore to lay eggs and their babies. Loggerhead...

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Posted on 12/6/2018

Egmont Key

Egmont Key is another beautiful island in the Gulf of Mexico and Anna Maria Island's neighbor to the North. Situated at the mouth of Tampa Bay the key is close to the Tampa Port Shipping Channel. For over 70 years, Egmont Key has been the location of a pilot station serving ship traffic into and out...

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Posted on 8/28/2018

Anna Maria Island Red Tide Fundraiser

A picture perfect sunset accompanied the diners at the Anna Maria Island Red Tide Fundraiser in response to the recent algae outbreak. 160 guests enjoyed the long table 5 course dinner sitting right on the beach in front of the SandBar restaurant on August 26, 2018. The event raised money to benefit...

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Posted on 8/27/2018

Economic Impact of Red Tide

Congressman Vern Buchanan held a round table discussion with a small group of area businesses on the economic impact of Red Tide on Friday, August 24th 2018. Red Tide has hit the Gulf coast of Florida and reached Anna Maria Island about 2 weeks ago. Dr. Crosby, the CEO of Mote Marine, explained...

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Posted on 7/31/2018

Red Tide in the Gulf of Mexico

If you have been to the Florida Gulf coast you have heard of Red Tide. The harmful algal bloom is the rapid growth of microscopic algae. It generally occurs in late summer or early fall. Along the Gulf coast of Florida and Texas, the algae species Karenia brevis produces toxins that have harmful...

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Posted on 7/23/2018

No trash on the beach please!

The most beautiful, white sandy beaches set Anna Maria Island apart from other island getaways. Let's all keep it that way and work on our common goal of no trash on the beach! Garbage in the oceans [caption id="attachment_4373" align="alignleft" width="153"] Garbage Patch items[/caption] With more...

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