Pittsburgh Pirates Spring Training in Bradenton

Pittsburgh Pirates Spring Training in Bradenton

The Pittsburgh Pirates, the city of Bradenton, Manatee County and the Manatee County Public Library System recently announced plans to celebrate the 50th year of Pirates baseball in Bradenton.

Bradenton has hosted the team for spring training since 1969 and the Pirates maintain a year-round presence in the area.  Many snowbirds to Anna Maria Island, and guests of Dans Florida Condos (Anna Maria Island) make the quick 20 minute drive to catch a game while enjoying the island life.

Plans include creating a traveling exhibit, “Baseball in Manatee County: 50 Years of Pittsburgh Pirates Spring Training.”

The exhibit will include baseball history as far back as the 1920s, with the primary focus being the half-century the Pirates have trained in Bradenton.

Community members with memorabilia relating to the long history of baseball in Bradenton, especially the Pirates, are encouraged to submit items to the libraries for temporary display.

People can contact David Breakfield at david.breakfield@mymanatee.org about their photos and memorabilia.

The traveling display will be at the Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, in May, The first showing, in February, will be at the Central Library in downtown Bradenton.

Additionally, the Pirates are assembling a pop-up museum exhibit inside LECOM Park. The exhibit will include multimedia displays to highlight the roots the Pirates have in Bradenton and Manatee County. Access to the pop-up museum will require a game ticket to Pirates spring training and Bradenton Marauders games.

The annual Pirates Pep Rally on Old Main Street in downtown Bradenton will be 5-9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17, and feature live music by The Yesterdayze and autograph sessions with Pirates.

LECOM Park will host 16 Pirates spring training games, starting with a visit from the New York Yankees at 1:05 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24.

The Bradenton Marauders will play 70 home games at LECOM Park, 1611 Ninth St. W., Bradenton, April through August.

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of our guests and visitors of Anna Maria Island. We do not
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Island. This ensures we are informing our guests of the “best of
the best” that the Anna Maria Island and the surrounding areas
have to offer.

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AMI in running for Happiest Seaside Town in USA

AMI in running for Happiest Seaside Town in USA

Will Anna Maria be declared the happiest seaside town in the United States? Fans of the city will have to wait a few months to find out.

A poll run by Coastal Living magazine named Anna Maria in its 2018 top 10 list of America’s happiest seaside coastal living towns in January.

Voting closed 5 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 6, but results won’t be published until Tuesday, June 12.

In the week leading up to the poll’s closing, Anna Maria hovered in the fourth-place spot. However, Coastal Living hid its rankings Jan. 3, before the poll closed.

Anna Maria commissioners debated Jan. 25 whether to encourage people to vote for the city and push for the No. 1 spot before arriving at a consensus to sit out the competition.

The other Florida finalist is Vero Beach.

Other cities named include Bellport, New York; Bluffton, South Carolina; Cambria, California; Cannon Beach, Oregon; Cape Charles, Virginia; Hampton, New Hampshire; Ocean City, New Jersey; and Traverse City, Michigan.

The final results will be revealed online at www.coastalliving.com.

– Courtesy of the Islander

*Please note – Dans Florida Condos posts blogs of local
establishments and events periodically, for the intended benefit
of our guests and visitors of Anna Maria Island. We do not
receive advertisement commissions or other compensation from
these posts. These recommendations are either experienced
firsthand by us, or via reputable friends and partners on the
Island. This ensures we are informing our guests of the “best of
the best” that the Anna Maria Island and the surrounding areas
have to offer.

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Social Events Announced – Jan, Feb, March

Social Events Announced – Jan, Feb, March
January thru March 2018 the Runaway Bay Social Committee sponsors a number of Condominium Community Social Events!
Both of Dan’s Florida Condos are situated on the grounds of the award winning Runaway Bay Complex.  The 182 unit complex occupies the entire East and Western width of Anna Maria Island, with the exception of one building to our west.  If having the largest heated pool on the island, fishing pier, tennis/shuffle board courts, and beautiful 1 and 2 bedroom units was not awesome enough for your vacation, we also open up some of our excellent onsite social activities to owners and guests of our properties.
ALL RENTERS, GUESTS, AND OWNERS ARE WELCOME.
Meet and connect with others on the campus, reconnect with acquaintances from previous years, meet Owners who enjoy spending the winter months in Florida.  Our activities were well attended in 2017 and we hope you will join us.
 
No-host happy hour at the pool 
Every Thursday (Jan 18th – March 29th)
4:30 PM to 6:00 PM 
Bring your own snacks and drinks.
Please remember NO glass containers for snacks or drinks.
Inclement Weather? We will be in the Community Center.
Bratwurst Feed
First Monday of Each Month (Jan 8th; Feb 5th; March 5th)
Times to be announced
There is a small cost to defray the costs of food and supplies.
Pancake Breakfast
Last Saturday of each Month (Jan 27th; Feb 24th; March 31st)
Times to be announced
There is a small cost to defray the costs of food and supplies.
Bingo Games Night
First and third Tuesday of each month
Games begin at 7pm.
Only adults 18-years and older are allowed to participate in this event.
 
Watch for notifications posted on signs and bulletin boards for other special events & luncheons.

*Please note – Dans Florida Condos posts blogs of local
establishments and events periodically, for the intended benefit
of our guests and visitors of Anna Maria Island. We do not
receive advertisement commissions or other compensation from
these posts. These recommendations are either experienced
firsthand by us, or via reputable friends and partners on the
Island. This ensures we are informing our guests of the “best of
the best” that the Anna Maria Island and the surrounding areas
have to offer.

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without the written consent of Dans Florida Condos.

There’s a New Market on AMI!

There’s a New Market on AMI!

There’s a New Market in Town!

Gamble Creek Farm has opened a brand new farm stand selling fresh picked fruits and vegetables, just baked bread, fresh, eggs, locally made jams, jellies and honey as well as flowers and much, much more. The farm is located in Parrish off of Golf Course Road just about 2 miles from Ft. Hammer Road- not far from the new bridge.

Gamble Creek is operated by Eric Geraldson and his son, Ryan Geraldson. The Geraldson family has a history in agriculture that goes back several generations in Manatee County.

Gamble Creek Farm is a 26 acre farm combining hydroponic, certified organic and conventional row crops and supplies much of the produce for the Sandbar, Beach House and Mar Vista Restaurants. The Geraldson Farm Market at Gamble Creek Farm is currently open Wednesday through Saturday, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. Teddy Louloudes makes fresh bread and pies. Bread day is Saturday and pies are available every day. There is plenty of parking and fun for the whole family with farm tours and wide open spaces.

The farm is located at 14950 Golf Course Rd., Parrish, FL. For more information call Ryan Geraldson at 941-447-7287 or visit the farms Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/GambleCreekFarm/. Look for the addition of more fresh, locally sourced and sustainable items including seafood and proteins. Consider having Gamble Creek and the Sandbar, Beach House and Mar Vista Restaurants cater your next event with farm to fork produce and gulf to table seafood. Stay tuned for more updates as we grow our market!

– Content courtesy of the Islander

*Please note – Dans Florida Condos posts blogs of local
establishments and events periodically, for the intended benefit
of our guests and visitors of Anna Maria Island. We do not
receive advertisement commissions or other compensation from
these posts. These recommendations are either experienced
firsthand by us, or via reputable friends and partners on the
Island. This ensures we are informing our guests of the “best of
the best” that the Anna Maria Island and the surrounding areas
have to offer.

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without the written consent of Dans Florida Condos.

Tour de Turtles – The Islands Fastest but Slowest Race!

Anna Maria Island - Turtle Nesting and Race

Tour de Turtles – The Islands Fastest but Slowest Race!

It may not have been the fastest race in history, but Anna Maria Island won the marathon with loggerhead Eliza Ann.

Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring and the Sea Turtle Conservancy placed a tracking device on a sea turtle June 19 after it nested at Coquina Beach in Bradenton Beach, then released the turtle to the Gulf of Mexico early June 20. That tracker showed the path taken by the sea turtle as she nested twice more and journeyed on her three-month migration.

This was the first confirmation of multiple nesting by a mature female loggerhead on the island.

The turtle was named Eliza Ann for the Sea Turtle Conservancy event, Tour de Turtles, which ended Nov. 1. The Waterline Resort and Marina, in Holmes Beach, featuring Eliza Ann’s Coastal Kitchen restaurant, sponsored AMITW in the event.

As part of the tour, 20 sea turtles were tagged and released from beaches in Costa Rica, Panama, Nevis and Florida. The turtles then competed in a “marathon,” a competition for which turtle swims the most miles during the three-month “race.”

Anna Maria Island - Turtle Nesting and Race
Anna Maria Island – Turtle Nesting and Race

Pictured Above – Eliza Ann traveled 1,693 miles to win first place in the marathon, which tracked distance covered through Nov. 1 by the tagged sea turtles. The runner-up, a loggerhead named Cruz, traveled 1,583 miles after it was tagged July 29 near the Disney Vero Beach Resort, south of the Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge in Melbourne Beach.

The migration was tracked using satellite telemetry. Every time Eliza Ann raised her head above water, the antenna on her tracker sent a signal, letting conservancy research scientists know her location.

The tracking device showed Eliza Ann coming ashore four times and nesting three times during the season, which runs through Oct. 31.

Following nesting, the tracker showed the turtle traveled to the Bahamas to forage and, as of Nov. 1, was in the water north of Cuba.

Additionally, the data received from the turtles’ transmitters allowed researchers to determine the number of dives taken during a 24-hour period, the duration of the most recent dive, and the water temperature of the location, according to Lexie Beach, Sea Turtle Conservancy communications coordinator.

Following nesting and placement of a satellite tracking device atop her carapace June 20, Eliza Ann, a 300-pound-plus loggerhead, crawls back to the Gulf of Mexico. The device, placed by Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and the Sea Turtle Conservancy, tracked Eliza Ann’s travels for the Tour de Turtles — a marathon for sea turtles. See page 26 for more. Islander Photo: ChrisAnn Silver Esformes

“To adequately protect sea turtles in all their habitats, we must learn more about their migratory patterns, their behavior at sea, where their marine habitats are located, how the turtles use these different habitats and the migration routes turtles travel between habitats,” Beach said.

Since the tour is over, this data becomes available to researchers around the world and also is being used as part of Sea Turtle Conservancy research scientist Dan Evans’ doctoral thesis.

Turtle watch participated in the tour in 2015 with a loggerhead named Amie, but the turtle’s satellite tag fell off shortly after the race began and it was disqualified.

– Article Courtesy of The Islander

*Please note – Dans Florida Condos posts blogs of local
establishments and events periodically, for the intended benefit
of our guests and visitors of Anna Maria Island. We do not
receive advertisement commissions or other compensation from
these posts. These recommendations are either experienced
firsthand by us, or via reputable friends and partners on the
Island. This ensures we are informing our guests of the “best of
the best” that the Anna Maria Island and the surrounding areas
have to offer.

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without the written consent of Dans Florida Condos.

Hurricane Irma, No Test for Anna Maria Island

Hurricane Irma, No Test for Anna Maria Island

Firstly, we would like to thank you for the out pouring of prayers, best wishes and kind emails that we have received during Irma Hurricane.
Many good wishes came in from our past, future guests as well as on our social media platform Facebook – Dans Florida Condos.  We thank you so very much!!!!

We feel truly blessed to have so many people from all over the world who love and appreciate our little island and Dans Florida Condos, at the beautiful Runaway Bay resort (Anna Maria Island).

Its been almost a week since  Category 5 Hurricane Irma made landfall on Florida.  Reports leading up to the storm had its eye tracking towards the eastern coast.  At a last minute turn of events, Irma continued west which resulted in a direct Western coast eye touchdown between Naples and Sarasota.

THE ISLAND

Considering the island was battered with winds at over 100 mph, overall we feel very blessed that most of the restaurants, piers and properties escaped the hurricane relatively unscathed.

The City Pier lost a portion of it’s roof and a portion of planks on its deck (below). Rod n Reel Pier had no damage. The Gulf Drive Cafe experienced some loss of thatching on its roof. The Sandbar Restaurant had an abundance of sand to sweep off the exterior terrace. Most businesses had to remove plant debris due to the high winds. Minor repairs were reported to homes such as screens ripped from porches, fences down, some siding ripped away, etc…

THE BEACHES

There has been some erosion on the Tampa Bay side next to the piers. The Gulf Beaches have remained realtively untouched. There is some seaweed that has washed up from the wind and storm surge but overall the beaches are as beautiful as ever.

LOSS OF POWER

There were several large trees downed on the island that have been problematic in getting the power and electricity restored to the entire island. Bradenton Beach, Holmes Beach have been mostly restored. Dans Florida Condos have electricity and the complex is up and running!

FLOODING

Although the island received a mandatory evacuation in anticipation of a huge storm surge we consider ourselves lucky that the island experienced only a 2 foot storm surge. Therefore there was minimal flooding in certain pockets on the island. Our streets where our condos are situated were unaffected.

RESTAURANTS

Restaurants and local businesses are opening their doors as fast as they can. At the time of publishing, many businesses in Bradenton Beach and Holmes Beach have reopened.

AIRPORTS

As of Tuesday, Sept. 14th, International Airports such as Tampa, Orlando, Sarasota, Fort Myers, St. Petersburg have reopened and are working towards a full schedule. Check your flight status before departure and arrival.

(Hurricane Hanks was prepared, and luckily like other establishments experienced minimal damage)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We are all very thankful for the prayers and well wishes throughout this scary storm.  Lets now all please focus our attention on the less fortunate areas of Florida and Caribbean Islands.

 


*Please note – Dans Florida Condos posts blogs of local
establishments and events periodically, for the intended benefit
of our guests and visitors of Anna Maria Island. We do not
receive advertisement commissions or other compensation from
these posts. These recommendations are either experienced
firsthand by us, or via reputable friends and partners on the
Island. This ensures we are informing our guests of the “best of
the best” that the Anna Maria Island and the surrounding areas
have to offer.

*The content of this blog is not to be copied, adapted or shared
without the written consent of Dans Florida Condos.

How to Avoid Hidden Booking Fees that Big Box Sites Charge

How to Avoid Hidden Booking Fees that Big Box Sites Charge

For the past seven years I have used VRBO/Homeaway as my advertising venue for the rental of Dans Florida Condos. I have two immaculate 2br and 1br units located on Anna Maria Island (Central Gulf Coast, in Bradenton Beach, FL). Last year VRBO/Homeaway was purchased by Expedia and immediately began changing their business profile. The first thing was to add a “Service Fee” of 7-13% to our rates all of which was passed on to you the renter. At the same time, we could see no benefit to you for that fee.

VRBO/Homeaway began acting like any other rental Property Management Company and has continually harassed us to accept their “BIN” (Book It Now) feature, whereby they control the entire transaction, communication, etc. removing the “personal touch” of booking directly through an owner.

Additionally, they removed the option to contact us directly (phone/personal email) in order to address any questions about the unit or the Island and accommodation. Thus VRBO/Homeaway is no longer an advertising or networking venue, rather a booking site which only priority is to drive the profits for shareholders.

To combat this, by the end of this year I am discontinuing my listings from “big box” listing sites, and returning to a business model which allows open communication between guests and owners, and more importantly allows guests to avoid booking fees!

I am excited to announce, my new “booking fee free” website which just went live. Check out Dans Florida Condos (like at bottom of this email) to take advantage of a Booking fee free experience. You’ll also find additional information on Anna Maria Island, FL along with pictures, guest testimonials, and an updated Blog of events happening on Anna Maria Island and Dans Florida Condos.

Three ways to Save $ By Booking Direct:

  1. Try and book direct with the owner or property manager. If you want to book one of our properties, please visit our website, call/text 773-598-9717, or email me at dan@dansfloridacondos.com.
  2. Search on Facebook for the name and location to see if some of your favorite properties have a website or a Facebook page. From there you can contact the owner/manager directly. You can like my page by doing a quick Facebook Search “Dans Florida Condos” or visiting www.facebook.com/dansfloridacondos
  3. Search for your perfect vacation rental on any of the big box listing sites. Identify your top choices, noting the property’s name and location. Use your search engine (i.e. Google) to search for the property name and city and possibly the owner’s name to find their booking free website.

These steps can save you hundreds of dollars in booking fees from the listing websites (and you won’t be bombarded by their continual spam after you inquire on a property).

If you have any questions about the changing Rental By Owner market, you are welcome to reach out to me. Please also take the time to “Like” our facebook page at www.facebook.com/dansfloridacondos. I will be soon setting up a regional Facebook Site and website, so you will have an even greater pool of “Booking Fee Free” owners/units to choose from on Anna Maria Island and Bradenton Beach, FL.

Here’s to starting a new adventure together, declaring independence from greedy profit hungry Big Box listing sites, and returning to a more personal Vacation Rental By Owner experience for us all.

Your Host,

Dan

Beach House Happy Hour Extended and 2 for 1 Drinks!

Beach House Happy Hour Extended and 2 for 1 Drinks!

How does lunch on the beach starting at five bucks sound?
It’s all at the Beach House Restaurant! New extended hours for Happy Hour and new items on our Lunch Menu!

Location: The Beach House is about a 10 minute stroll down the beach, from Dans Florida Condos.  In a hurry, jump on the Free Trolley which provides door to door service.

Beach House Restaurants
Beach House Restaurants

Starting Monday, August 7th, Monday through Friday, 11:30 until 5, the Beach House will offer 2 for 1 domestic drafts, house wines, signature cocktails and well drinks – that’s right, all are 2 for one!

And to make it even better…the new lunch menu has just what you’re looking for like $5 wings, $8 sliders, a crispy coconut shrimp salad for $10 and there’s plenty of fresh shrimp, clams, fish tacos, burgers, plus a Cuban sandwich made on house made Cuban bread that’ll rock your taste buds.

Where else can you find a brand new, all weather, climate controlled deck overlooking 700 feet of pristine beach along with two bars, inside dining, deck dining, and even toes-in-the sand beach dining.

Can it get any better? We don’t think so. Come in for Happy Hour, 2 for 1 drinks and the new Lunch Menu!

Take a break from the ordinary and get to the Beach House restaurant!

– Article Courtesy of Chiles Restaurant Group

*Please note – Dans Florida Condos posts blogs of local
establishments and events periodically, for the intended benefit
of our guests and visitors of Anna Maria Island. We do not
receive advertisement commissions or other compensation from
these posts. These recommendations are either experienced
firsthand by us, or via reputable friends and partners on the
Island. This ensures we are informing our guests of the “best of
the best” that the Anna Maria Island and the surrounding areas
have to offer.

*The content of this blog is not to be copied, adapted or shared
without the written consent of Dans Florida Condos.

Tropical Storm Emily drenches Anna Maria Island

Tropical Storm Emily drenches Anna Maria Island

Tropical Storm Emily soaked Anna Maria Island as it made landfall at 10:45 a.m. July 31.

Traffic slowed as drivers navigated pooled water and windblown palm fronds and other vegetation littering roads.

Fortunately, said Holmes Beach police Chief Bill Tokajer, drivers exercised common sense and no cars were stranded, even as some side roads were closed.


Pictured Above:  Dan Morris, Sarah Hockley, partially obscured, and Norman Hockley take selfies July 31 in front of the Rod & Reel Pier, 875 N. Shore Drive, Anna Maria. Islander Photo: Terry O’Connor

“Everything is passable now,” Tokajer said at 2:17 p.m. July 31. ‘We did have a considerable rain event but water subsided pretty quickly. Everything is open now.”

Some storm watchers braved conditions to experience the event.

“We’ve been coming here for 15 years and this is unusual weather,” said Sarah Hockley of Chicago as she watched the surf pound the Rod & Reel Pier, 875 N. Shore Drive, Anna Maria.

Hockley took selfies in front of the pier with visitor Dan Morris of Birmingham, England, and her father, island resident Norman Hockley.

At the same time, general manager Dave Cochran of the Rod & Reel Pier was battening the hatches on the property, which was closed for the storm to pass.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott declared a state of emergency for 31 Florida counties, including Manatee.

Emily was the fifth named storm of the 2017 hurricane season, which runs June 1-Nov. 30.

This was the seventh incarnation of Emily, which also appeared in 1981, 1987, 1993, 1999, 2005, 2011.

Hurricane name lists are rotated every six years so Emily has made an appearance every year possible over the past four decades.

Emily worked up to a Category 5 hurricane in 2005 and remains the only Cat 5 name not retired since hurricanes began being named in 1950.

Article Courtesy of The Islander

 

*Please note – Dans Florida Condos posts blogs of local
establishments and events periodically, for the intended benefit
of our guests and visitors of Anna Maria Island. We do not
receive advertisement commissions or other compensation from
these posts. These recommendations are either experienced
firsthand by us, or via reputable friends and partners on the
Island. This ensures we are informing our guests of the “best of
the best” that the Anna Maria Island and the surrounding areas
have to offer.

*The content of this blog is not to be copied, adapted or shared
without the written consent of Dans Florida Condos.