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.
Several 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?’
Or maybe even total replacement. And where does the money come from? The current lease says the restaurant owner is responsible for all repairs and maintenance.
Something’s gotta give, and at this moment, it’s likely to be the pier itself. Here’s the Islander’s story on the situation. No doubt more to come.
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:
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.
Looks like the Tourist Development council has received Manatee County Commission approval to spend some tourist tax money back where it comes from.
Several projects are to be funded.
Here’s the Bradenton Herald story: CLICK HERE
It’s a personal choice for sure!
And I’ve made mine: Anna Maria Island. but you may have something different in mind. Here’s one person’s take:
Beach Smackdown — CLICK HERE
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
Looks like super star Cameron Diaz has spent some time on Anna Maria Island lately.
She and beau Benji Madden had some quality family time on our beautiful barrier island, hanging out with nieces and nephews, and — reportedly — having a great time.
Here’s the story: CLICK HERE
we’ve known this was coming, even before the announcement. Couldn’t be too long before Whiting Preston cashed in on his massive land tracts in southwest Manatee County.
And now we know: It’s named Lake Flores, with a host of homes, commercial development and recreational venues, all to take about 20 years or so to build out. Kind of a Lakewood Ranch for the Cortez Road at 75th Street West neighborhood.
Recent articles in both the Bradenton Herald (Here) and the Sarasota Herald-Tribune (Here) flesh out the story of what will likely become a traffic and service nightmare, particularly for drivers heading to Anna Maria Island.
What do you think?