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.

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.

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