Anna Maria Island Part of High-Priced Buyers’ Preferences

We all know that beach-front property is in limited supply, and — at least recently — in high demand. Christie’s International has recently dubbed our region as among the top-performing small cities for high-end real estate, along with places like Monaco, Jackson Hole and others.

Here’s the story. CLICK HERE

What’s the Worth of Battling Beach Erosion?

For those of us who live on or very close to the beach, say on barrier islands, the federal and state efforts to nourish and renourish beaches is very important.

There are those who believe the government has no business in either insuring those types of properties or spending the money it takes to pump sand from offshore and re-place it on the beaches.

But there is clear economic benefit to having beaches for recreational purposes, safety for people who live landward of the sea in such cases, and a likelihood that the practice will continue.

Here’s a thoughtful article from Florida Realtors about the subject.. What do you think?



AMI Not Named As Critical Habitat for Loggerhead Turtles

untitledLoggerhead turtles are critically endangered, and our local Anna Maria Island turtle watchers do an impressive job of marking and guarding about 200 turtle nesting sites each year.

But there was some surprise when a recent decision named Venice beaches, plus Longboat , Siesta and Casey Keys as ‘Critical Habitat,’ but not Anna Maria Island.

Here’s the STORY.

AMI Sea-Turtles Popular

sea-turtleTurtles are crawling up on to beaches all over Anna Maria Island, searching for places to drop a load of eggs.

It’s a popular thing for them to do this time of year, and it’s a popular teaching tool for local islanders who help mark the nests, confirm the ‘lay,’ and protect the incubating eggs from scavengers and the depredations of people, well-meaning or otherwise.

Here is a nice article in this week’s Islander newspaper giving credit where credit is due. CLICK HERE.