Tag Archives: Anna Maria Island

There was never any question in my mind

And that’s what’s the most FLORIDA island ever?
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It’s for the birds

If you have not yet seen this month’s issue of National Geographic Magazine, it’s January, 2018 The Year of the Birds. If you’ve ever wondered how much birds mean to us here on earth, this is a good place to start finding out.

Least terns nest on AMI sands. They are tiny, but mighty,

One of the things I like to do is participate in the Audubon Society’s annual Christmas Bird Counts, in Sarasota, Bradenton, and as leader of a small part of the Fort DeSoto count which encompasses the north end of Anna Maria Island. I have even gone so far as San Blas, Mexico, to do a CBC. But that’s ancient history.

And all in all, it’s a bit of citizen science, as records go back more than 100 years. And the data shows that many bird species are in trouble. Here’s an article from the Island Sun that you might find interesting about the most recent CBC here on AMI.

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When Land Value Is Greater Than Improvements

As it so often happens here on Anna Maria Island, the sand under our homes is more valuable than the structures on which it is built.

Here’s a pretty good article from Florida Realtors to help explain that. Keep in mind that there are insurance concerns that may play here, along with concerns about appraisals, bank loans, and more.

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Flood Insurance ‘Fix’ in the Works

ocean-571328_960_720Several leaders, including the heads of a national wildlife organization, taxpayer association  and National Realtors, are saying the flood  insurance program is in serious need of ‘fixing.’

For those of us who live on Anna Maria Island,  the ‘fixing’ will end up taking money out of our pockets. Already, flood insurance rates are going up about 18 percent each year,  which means a lot to people who have such insurance on a ground-level home. For those in homes whose lowest occupied floor are at 10 feet above base flood elevation, the hit is less.

But it’s clear that something needs to be done, and not just along the coast, but along rivers, bays and other inland flood zones. It seems that this brief article leaves a lot unsaid. For example, ‘How?’

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Sunray Clams Are the Next Big thing

When I first lived on Anna Maria Island back in the early 1980s, we could walk out off the north end into Tampa Bay and in shallow water harvest sunray clams. Sweet, salty and delicious, they beat all the hard clams, like quahogs, cherrystones and little necks, hands down.

But then, as with most things natural, under the pressure of growth and development, they pretty much disappeared.

Now, they’re being grown for harvest, and the news looks good. Here’s a story from Tampa Bay times that has the details:

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Protect the Shoreline this Holiday

Fourth of July is a very intense time on the beach here on Anna Maria Island. Lots of people. Tons of equipment. And then there are the fireworks.

Historically, residents, tourists and visitors have set off many thousands of dollars of fireworks illegally along the shores of our island. Impressive displays to be sure, but dangerous to people, on-shore structures and wildlife.

Be careful. Be mindful. And be respectful.

Here is an interesting tidbit from the Florida Fish and Wildlife people. It’s called the Wrack Line, and is their July, 2015 newsletter.

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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.

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