2020 Runaway Bay Social Activities Announced

2020 Runaway Bay Social Activities Announced
Dan’s Florida Condos are located within the award winning Runaway Bay community.  Owners and guests not only enjoy some of the best amenities found on Anna Maria Island, FL including the largest heated salt water pool on the island, tennis courts, and fishing pier to name a few; but they also enjoy various community social events that are held on premises at the community clubhouse.

January thru March our volunteer Social Committee sponsors several social events that we hope will complement and enhance our  guests winter vacation experience.  ALL RENTERS, GUESTS, AND OWNERS ARE WELCOME.  

These events give our guests an opportunity to meet and connect with other folks on the campus, reconnect with acquaintances from previous years, as well as meeting owners who enjoy spending the winter months in Florida.  

All events held at Runaway Bay Clubhouse, unless otherwise announced.

 
No-host “BYOB” happy hour at the pool 
Every Thursday (Begins Jan 16th)
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 clubhouse!
Bratwurst Feed
(Jan 10th; Feb 3rd; March 2nd)
Time: Dusk/Sunset
Pancake Breakfast
 (Jan 24th; Feb 28th; March 27th)
Time: 8am – 9:30am
Bingo Games Night
(Jan 14th, Feb 28th, March 27th)
Games begin at 7pm – 8:30pm
Only adults 18-years and older are allowed to participate in this event.
 
Hot Dog Lunch (NEW EVENT for 2020)
(Jan 20th, Feb 17th, March 20th)
Time: Noon – 1pm
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.

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

Holiday events this season on Anna Maria Island, FL

Coastal Christmas - Anna Maria Island

There is a lot going on at Dans Florida Condos, and Anna Maria Island this Winter!  Here are some fun things to do and experience this holiday season on Anna Maria Island, Florida. The perfect time to getaway from the cold up north. Let’s hit the beach.


Santa Visits Anna Maria City Pier Park
Friday, December 13th

Santa loves sunshine and sand!  Bring the entire family on Friday December 13th, and enjoy some festive holiday music while indulging in refreshments and sweets.  Continue down Pine street to enjoy lights, decorations, and holiday cheer!

Merry Christmas Anna Maria Island
Merry Christmas Anna Maria Island


CHRISTMAS ON BRIDGE STREET
Saturday,  December 14th
Bridge Street, Bradenton Beach
4:00pm – 8:00pm
(Annual Boat Parade Arrives at Pier at 7:30pm)

If you missed the Bridge Street Tree Lighting in early December, then this event is sure to spread some holiday cheer into your Beach Life. Enjoy listening to live music and holiday choirs while you meander down historic Bridge Street. Featuring caroling by the Thespian Troupe from Manatee School of the Arts.

To help you with your Christmas shopping there will be a coastal, holiday market with tons of great Christmas ornaments and decorations available for sale. Don’t miss out on the wreath raffles and silent auction!

Enjoy the delicious hot chocolate bar and other treats as you experience winter on Bridge Street. Keep your eyes out for  a special appearance by Santa.

IT’S FREE!  This is a free  event but also a great shopping experience so be sure to bring your wallet and cross some gifts off on your Christmas list.


MOTE AQUARIUM SNOW CAMP FOR KIDS
Select days from December 23, 2019 – January 3, 2019

Kids can spend some or all of their winter break at Mote Camp. Campers will explore marine life  during this winter themed camp. Join Mote Aquarium for all 6 days or pick your favorite one. The Winter Camp is open to all students currently enrolled in 1st – 5th grade. 

Mote Marine Aquarium Winter Break Camps, encourage participation in the water for part of the morning, weather-permitting so come prepared with towels, water gear and a change of clothes.

This year,they will offer 8 days of ‘fin’tastic fun at our Winter Break Camp! Camps are offered as single, half day camps, but register for all four days each week and receive a special discount! Member? Have your member number ready to receive that member discount. Not a member yet? Visit www.mote.org/membership to become a member before registering for camps.

Note: Camps will not run if camps do not meet minimum number. Families will be notified the week before should this happen.

Session 1: Jingle Bells & Animal Shells

Bring your shells and ring your bells! This weeks theme will focus on animals with shells, their prey and predators. Campers will explore the aquarium and mammal center to learn more about the animals with shells that call Mote home. Through interactive and STEM based activities campers will learn what it’s like to live the life of an animal with a shell. Each day will focus on a different animal so your camper can sign up for their favorite animal or come for all four days. We can’t wait to ‘shell’ebrate this winter break camp with you!

Ages: Tidal Tykes (K-2nd Grade) & Aqua Kids (3rd-5th Grade)
Dates: December 23, 24, 26,  & 27, 2019 (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday)
Times: 8:00 am – 12:00 pm (Check in begins at 7:45 am and Check out ends at 12:15 pm)
Registration: $60 non-member / $54 member
Register for all 4 days and received 10% off!

Session 2: Do you ‘sea’ what I ‘sea’?

‘Sea’ing is believing! This week, campers will learn all about how animals use colors to survive in the sea. While exploring the aquarium and mammal center, campers will get into the mindset of different animals and examine how these animals survive and thrive while living in the ocean. Campers will participate in hands-on and STEM based activities to learn about warning colors, mimicry, countershading and other camouflage techniques used by animals! Each day will focus on a different animal so your camper can sign up for their favorite animal or come for all four days. We ‘sense’ campers will really dig this camp!

Ages: Tidal Tykes (K-2nd Grade) & Aqua Kids (3rd-5th Grade)
Dates: December 30, 31, 2019 & January 2, 3, 2020 (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday)
Times: 8:00 am – 12:00 pm (Check in begins at 7:45 am and Check out ends at 12:15 pm)
Registration: $60 non-member / $54 member
Register for all 4 days and received 10% off!

Contact for more information:  Email camps@mote.org​ or call 941.388.4441 ext. 348  


New Years Eve
December 31st, 2017

Last year, the New Year’s Fireworks at The Beach House Restaurant were a great way to ring in the new year.  We are still waiting word if they will be repeating this grand event this year.  Stay tune to the comments of this blog, we’ll update details one we have them solidified!

We support The Beach House and the entire Chiles Group of restaurants in their endeavors to keep Anna Maria Island festive and safe this holiday season!

You can also enjoy New Year’s celebrations in many of the other local restaurants and bars open on the island. There’s no place better to be than Anna Maria Island on New Years Eve!

Anna Maria Island FireWorks Sunset
Anna Maria Island FireWorks Sunset

*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.

Pittsburgh Pirates and their affiliate minor league team Bradenton Marauders announce 2020 schedule

Pittsburgh Pirates and their affiliate minor league team Bradenton Marauders announce 2020 schedule

Dans Florida Condos, located on Anna Maria Island just 20 minutes from downtown Bradenton, FL offers snowbirds sugar sand beaches, award winning restaurants, plenty of sunshine, and close proximity to Major League Baseball Spring Training. Map: https://www.dansfloridacondos.com/ourlocation

The Pittsburgh Pirates Spring Training Headquarters in Bradenton, Florida is known as “Pirate City.” And there’s no better place to spend a sunny Florida day in February or March!  Pirate City is a great place to watch baseball spring training, Florida style: That means outdoors in the late winter and early spring sunshine amid warming temperatures.  The Pittsburgh Pirate practice sessions are free and open to the public at Pirate City.

Season Tickets now on Sale

Pirates started selling season tickets on Nov 11, 2019 for the 2020 Grapefuit League games.  Six-game weekend packages start at $108, while season tickets start at $245.

In January, fans can purchase single-game tickets starting at the affordable price of $23 ranging to $34 for premium seats.

In total, the Pirates will play 16 home games at LECOM park.  Mark your calendar for opening day which will be on Saturday Feb 22, 2020 when they host the Minnesota Twins.  To inquire on more detail, please reach out to the box office at 941-747-3031.

A little more history about Pittsburgh Pirates Spring training and their winter home, LECOM PARK

Pirate City is a unique place because of the proximity between the work-out fields and the fans. It’s also a place in which you can “feel” baseball history while you watch the beginnings of another new year of baseball.

The Pittsburgh Pirates’ Spring Training ballpark and minor league complex in Bradenton, Fla., has been home to the Prates since 1969.

The two complexes underwent $20 million in renovations as part of the team’s new 30-year lease with the city before the start of the 2008 Spring Training season.

The upgrades included lights and a new visitor’s clubhouse at LECOM Park and new offices, dormitories, renovations to the minor league clubhouse and a fifth practice field at the Pirate City minor league complex.

LECOM Park has benefited from numerous renovations since the turn of the century. The historic ballpark maintains the classic charm of a venue with more than nine decades of baseball history. The Spanish Mission-style façade visible from several blocks away is an iconic architectural feature recognized throughout professional baseball.

 

LECOM Park, which is also home to the Bradenton Marauders of the Florida State League, received the top honor of the 2018 Best of the Ballparks fan vote for High-A facilities, conducted by Ballpark Digest. The same publication has previously recognized The Friendly City’s ballfield as “Best of the Ballparks” in the Grapefruit League. LECOM Park has held the top spot among Florida Spring Training destinations since 2016.The baseball facilities at LECOM Park include two full grass fields professionally maintained year-round. Four bullpen mounds, a standalone multi-tunnel batting cage structure, home and visiting locker rooms, and an umpires’ changing area provides ample space for a wide array of baseball activities. Fixed seating can accommodate more than 7,500 fans. Standing room brings the park’s capacity to 9,000 people.

So, what are you waiting for.  Plan your trip down to Bradenton Florida to visit some up close Spring Training Baseball and cheer on the Pittsburgh Pirates.  While you are down, make sure to get in some beach time by visiting Anna Maria Island.  Dans Florida Condos (www.dansfloridacondos.com) offers you 1br and 2br units, right across the street from the Gulf of Mexico.  Only 20 minutes away from LECOM park, you can spend the half the day at the beach and half the day at the ballpark.  What a great combo!


To read more articles highlighting Anna Maria Island, Bradenton Beach, FL and Dans Florida Condos please visit the “Our Blog” section of our booking-free website: https://www.dansfloridacondos.com/blog

*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.

 



Free Family Vacation Rental Giveaway at Dan’s Florida Condos – Anna Maria Island, FL

Free Family Vacation Rental Giveaway at Dan’s Florida Condos – Anna Maria Island, FL

The wait is over!  We are excited to announce that we will be giving away a FREE week stay at Dan’s Florida Condos, in Anna Maria Island, Florida.   That’s right, a vacation rental at Dan’s Florida Condos all to yourself, FREE!  Imagine dipping your toes in the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico while having some extra cash to take that special someone to a seaside dinner, or poolside Pina Coladas. With just a few clicks you could be on your way to creating lifelong memories with your friends and family and the best part… it’s on our dime.

To enter: Simply follow the steps below.  The winner will be selected at random and will be announced via email.  Don’t wait, there’s no purchase necessary to enter so get in on the action today!

1 entry per person permitted but if you share with friends you will be traveling with you can increase your chances if they enter as well!

  1. Take a look at your calendar, fill out the entry form below and let us know which week you prefer.
  2. Want to triple your chances of winning?  Like and Share our Facebook Giveaway Post. Keep the share active until the contest ends and we will drop two more entries into the contest on your behalf.  Earn yet another entry if you tag the friends/family who you will be taking on your free vacation!
  3. Start daydreaming of your getaway in Anna Maria Island!

Share our Facebook Giveaway Post to triple your chances of winning. Tag your travel partners and encourage them to enter the giveaway contests as well!

We invite you to like our Facebook Page as well, to be included in future promotions and Island News!

About Dan’s Florida Condos on Anna Maria Island, Florida:

Anna Maria Island is located on the Gulf of Mexico, just 50 minutes south of Tampa and 20 minutes from Sarasota.  The island has over seven miles of beaches to explore. Dan’s Florida Condos are located directly across the street from the beach.  We offer both 2br and 1br units equipped with everything from pots and pans to beach chairs!

Contest Fine Print:

  • Weekly giveaway includes a Saturday to Saturday stay
  • Free week must be redeemed by 12/21/20
  • Airfare and Transportation not included
  • Facebook or Instagram are in no way sponsored, endorsed, administered by or associated with Dan’s Florida Condos giveaway
  • If the winner’s preferred week is booked prior to the end of the contest, they will have the option to reschedule their free week within 10 days of being notified

Anna Maria City Pier – Lifeblood of AMI Continued Progress

Anna Maira City Pier - Reconstruction Upadate

Guests who visit Dan’s Florida Condos, which are located on Anna Maria Island, Florida are getting very excited about the return of the Anna Maria Island City Pier!  The pier is not only one of islands most visited tourist attractions, but is often frequented by local fisherman due to its excellent access to the Gulf of Mexico and Tampa Bay waters.

The Anna Maria City Pier was originally built in 1911 but had to be closed in 2017 after enduring structural damage from Hurricane Irma. Anna Maria Island is buzzing with excitement, as the reconstruction of the 776-foot-long historic pier is showing amazing progress!

Anna Maria City Pier Progress
Anna Maria City Pier Progress

So far, all of the pilings have been driven into the bed of the Gulf of Mexico, forming the T-formation of the future pier walkway.  In early May 2019, bolts were installed on top of the pilings which will later be filled with caps of concrete.  Once the concrete is firmly in place, the caps will then support wood bents and beams which will ultimately support the walkway decking.

As far as the schedule of the project, the walkway should be completed by the end of August 2019.  The city, in parallel is running a bidding process with various construction firms for the building of the restaurant and bait shop.  The building configuration will be similar to the original design, which will be placed at the T-end of the pier.

One of the biggest concerns with not only local businesses but thousands of excited visitors, is ensuring the project is delivered on time.  The current contractor had a few delays as there were some issues removing concrete from the old pilings that supported the original bridge.

Anna Maria City Pier Progress
Anna Maria City Pier Progress

This should not make a significant dent in the schedule.  The city however is ensuring that any future contracts have strict language to motivate prompt delivery and, in some cases, pose up to a $495 daily fine for finishing past target dates.  The overall timeline completing the building which will house the restaurant and bait shop is 200 days once work commences.

For those interested in staying updated on Anna Maria City Pier progress, Dans Florida Condos welcomes you to like their facebook site (www.facebook.com/dansfloridacondos) or our online blog (https://www.dansfloridacondos.com/blog/) where we will be posting updates along the way, leading up to the grand opening!


To read more articles highlighting Anna Maria Island, Bradenton Beach, FL and Dans Florida Condos please visit the “Our Blog” section of our booking-free website: https://www.dansfloridacondos.com/blog/

*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.

Red Tide Prevention with Clams, in action on Anna Maria Island

Red Tide Prevention with Clams, in action on Anna Maria Island

Returning and new guests of Dans Florida Condos will be interested in recent activities occurring on Anna Maria Island, FL.  First off, AMI has been clear of all traces of Red Tide for months now.  In addition, local restaurant owners, nonprofit organizations, and environmental agencies are putting preventative measures to action, to help ensure the Bradenton Beach coast is not affected as it was in the late summer/fall months of 2018 from red tide.

Florida red tide, or Karenia brevis, is a type of microalgae that emits a neurotoxin when it blooms. Deadly to marine life, red tide also can make shellfish unfit to eat and can cause respiratory irritation in people.

The agency who is leading the charge is the Bradenton Beach Community Redevelopment Agency.  In March 2019, they released the first 30,000 clams into the Sarasota Bay, just off Bridge Street Pier on Bradenton Beach, FL.  This is the first segment of the preventative clam project, which in total will be distributing over 200,000 live clams into the salt water shores of our little piece of paradise.

The clams release is being monitored closely by other state and government agencies and its hoped to serve as a model for other coastal communities throughout Florida.  The clams which are composed of mostly carbon, not only clean the water but also promote seagrass growth.  This growth creates a natural buffer to sea wildlife when powerful storms visit the beaches. 

The dozens of volunteers looked closely at the types of clams to purchase for the project.  They found that smaller clams, while more desirable and marketable in the seafood businesses, came with drawbacks.  Smaller clams are very prone to predators.  They are small (and delicious not only to humans) so everything within their surroundings wants to eat them.  Larger clams with thick carbon shells proved to be almost immune to surrounding predators and can live up to 35 years within the warm waters off of Anna Maria Island. 

The project will not only drastically reduce chances of a return of the “once in a generation” red tide event of 2018, but also promote awareness and momentum in supporting a clean water environment throughout Anna Maria Island, FL.

Boat owners who are interested in the clam project can volunteer by calling the Sand Bar Restaurant 941-778-0444.

Latest Red Tide Report on AMI

March 2019 kicked off the spring/summer booking season.  Thousands of travelers typically start planning their vacations now that school schedules for children and other family plans are solidified.  Coincidentally, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) reported that no red tide was predicted in Manatee County waters through mid-March. 

With no fish kills or respiratory issues reported by the NOAA in months and the addition to the Clam project to fight red tide, eager vacationers can now start booking their spring/summer vacations with a better sense of confidence that their vacations will not be impacted as many were last year. 


To read more articles highlighting Anna Maria Island, Bradenton Beach, FL and Dans Florida Condos please visit the “Our Blog” section of our booking-free website: https://www.dansfloridacondos.com/blog/

*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.

Anna Maria Islands Cortez Beach, A Much-Welcomed Upgrade

Anna Maria Islands Cortez Beach, A Much-Welcomed Upgrade

Travelers from around the world flock to the sugar sand beaches of Anna Maria Island for sun, and fun.  Guests of Dans Florida Condos (www.dansfloridacondos.com) situated right in the middle of the action on Anna Maria Island, benefit by not only updated vacation rentals and the beautiful grounds of the Runaway Bay community, but also exclusive access to private beach access of the Gulf of Mexico.

While a private beach is the envy of many, some families enjoy the energy and activity of one of the many public beaches that Anna Maria has to offer.  Cortez Beach has been a main attraction for not only travelers, but also local Floridians for what seems forever.  This lovely island attraction will soon be getting Lifeguard Towers to aid in safety awareness and water accident prevention of the beaches.

In total, there will be 3 new lifeguard, staffed by six new lifeguards.  The towers will be positioned within proximity to three of the newly completed erosion control structures and will be operated 365 days a year.  These structures and the water around them are popular among surfers, but also serve as a walkway extending about 75 yards into the water which provide great views of the beach and fishing enthusiasts.

The upgrades won’t stop at Cortez Beach.  The County of Manatee, where Anna Maria Island and Dans Florida Condos are located will also be rebuilding the rest of the public beach lifeguard stands throughout Anna Maria Island.  Some of the stands are nearly 30 years old and experienced termite issues which fueled the need to bring them up to date.  In addition, the stands are “lifeguard-friendly” meaning their design helps prevent glare and increased air-flow with solar-powered exhaust fans.

Cortez Beach History:

The waterfront which is now known as Cortez beach, was originally named Hunters Point in the 1880s.  It was utilized as one of the main fishing villages within the city of Bradenton Beach.  Today much of the landscape remains as it was in these early years of habitation on Bradenton Beach.  You will find a barrier of sand dunes with sea grass, palm trees and other local vegetation blocking the parking lot from the beach views.

Location:

Location: Cortez Beach is located just off Cortez Road.  This 2000 feet (over 6.5 football fields long) stretch of waterfront boasts some of the purest sugar sand beaches and crystal-clear waters in the world. You won’t find any high-rise buildings here, and there is more than ample parking for even the busiest of holiday beach traffic.

Eats:

There aren’t any restaurants or food stands on Cortez beach, however if you take a walk down the shore you will arrive at Coquina Beach.  Here you will discover a beachside restaurant which offers brunch and lunch options.  Showers, water fountains, changing stations, grills and picnic benches can also be utilized here before returning to Cortez Beach.

Parking:

Free, yes, I said free!  Parking is free along Gulf Drive south anywhere between 5th Street to 13th street.  You’ll find entrances to the parking on the west side of the street along the beach.

Hours of coverage:

Cortez Beach will adopt the same hours as Coquina Beach and Manatee Public Beach: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Labor Day through Memorial Day and 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Memorial Day through Labor Day.

 


To read more articles highlighting Anna Maria Island, Bradenton Beach, FL and Dans Florida Condos please visit the “Our Blog” section of our booking-free website: https://www.dansfloridacondos.com/blog/


*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.

Anna Maria Island Heritage Festival and Settler’s Market

Anna Maria Island Heritage Festival and Settler’s Market

Snowbird and summertime travelers from all over the world visit Anna Maria Island, Florida for sunshine,  beach time, and endless family activities.  Guests who visit and stay at Dans Florida Condos (www.dansfloridacondos.com) often are surprised by the deep history and unique welcoming cultural events that island has to offer as well.

This year’s annual Anna Maria Island Heritage Festival and Settler’s Market, will take place on Saturday March 2nd, 2019.  Anna Maria Island Historical Society represents, preserves and houses the history and historical records and items of all three cities that make up Anna Maria Island. Heritage Day makes island history come alive by giving visitors an opportunity to see how the settler’s lived in the early days of the island and to experience, first-hand, many of the collectibles from its past. The museum will be open as will the Belle Haven Cottage and of course the famous City Jail and the historic park which was recently expanded with picnic tables for seating on the water under a shady canopy of trees.

AMIHS Museum and Historical Park, 402 Pine Ave., Anna Maria, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. This annual event gives visitors an opportunity to watch local craftsmen demonstrating arts and crafts as practiced by early island settlers. In addition, there will be a Settlers Market with local produce, herbs and settler’s bread baked by local volunteers and a collectibles tent with items for sale. The museum, Belle Haven Cottage and the surrounding native plant garden will be open for tours. Music, food and games are also part of this annual event. Free admission.

A few island favorites will be on hand including:

Volunteers escort children through one of the main attractions, the Historic Anna Maria City Jail

Many local craftspeople also were on hand, helping visitors take a step back in time as they toured the museum’s grounds. Experts in everything from sustainably collecting local honey to bonnet making, spinning, quilting and candle making gave demonstrations in their craft, answered questions and offered their wares for sale.

Visitors were invited to take a piece of history with them as they departed with items ranging from historical books by local authors to antique implements and signs from long ago Island landmarks.”

Transportation and Location

Location: AMIHS Museum and Historical Park, 402 Pine Ave, Anna Maria, FL

Transportation: Parking is available at the City Pier lot and Roser Community Church. You can also take the free trolley, and it will drop you off right in front of the museum at trolley stop #42.


To read more articles highlighting Anna Maria Island, Bradenton Beach, FL and Dans Florida Condos please visit the “Our Blog” section of our booking-free website: https://www.dansfloridacondos.com/blog/

*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. www.dansfloridacondos.com

Major League Baseballs Pittsburgh Pirates return to Bradenton, FL

Major League Baseballs Pittsburgh Pirates return to Bradenton, FL

Dans Florida Condos, located on Anna Maria Island just 20 minutes from downtown Bradenton, FL offers snowbirds sugar sand beaches, award winning restaurants, plenty of sunshine, and close proximity to Major League Baseball Spring Training. Map: https://www.dansfloridacondos.com/ourlocation

The Pittsburgh Pirates Spring Training Headquarters in Bradenton, Florida is known as “Pirate City.” And there’s no better place to spend a sunny Florida day in February or March!  Pirate City is a great place to watch baseball spring training, Florida style: That means outdoors in the late winter and early spring sunshine amid warming temperatures.  The Pittsburgh Pirate practice sessions are free and open to the public at Pirate City.

Pirate City is a unique place because of the proximity between the work-out fields and the fans. It’s also a place in which you can “feel” baseball history while you watch the beginnings of another new year of baseball.

The Pittsburgh Pirates’ Spring Training ballpark and minor league complex in Bradenton, Fla., has been home to the Prates since 1969.

The two complexes underwent $20 million in renovations as part of the team’s new 30-year lease with the city before the start of the 2008 Spring Training season.

The upgrades included lights and a new visitor’s clubhouse at LECOM Park and new offices, dormitories, renovations to the minor league clubhouse and a fifth practice field at the Pirate City minor league complex.

LECOM Park has benefited from numerous renovations since the turn of the century. The historic ballpark maintains the classic charm of a venue with more than nine decades of baseball history. The Spanish Mission-style façade visible from several blocks away is an iconic architectural feature recognized throughout professional baseball.

 

   

The baseball facilities at LECOM Park include two full grass fields professionally maintained year-round. Four bullpen mounds, a standalone multi-tunnel batting cage structure, home and visiting locker rooms, and an umpires’ changing area provides ample space for a wide array of baseball activities. Fixed seating can accommodate more than 7,500 fans. Standing room brings the park’s capacity to 9,000 people.

LECOM Park, which is also home to the Bradenton Marauders of the Florida State League, received the top honor of the 2018 Best of the Ballparks fan vote for High-A facilities, conducted by Ballpark Digest. The same publication has previously recognized The Friendly City’s ballfield as “Best of the Ballparks” in the Grapefruit League. LECOM Park has held the top spot among Florida Spring Training destinations since 2016.

So, what are you waiting for.  Plan your trip down to Bradenton Florida to visit some up close Spring Training Baseball and cheer on the Pittsburgh Pirates.  While you are down, make sure to get in some beach time by visiting Anna Maria Island.  Dans Florida Condos (www.dansfloridacondos.com) offers you 1br and 2br units, right across the street from the Gulf of Mexico.  Only 20 minutes away from LECOM park, you can spend the half the day at the beach and half the day at the ballpark.  What a great combo!


To read more articles highlighting Anna Maria Island, Bradenton Beach, FL and Dans Florida Condos please visit the “Our Blog” section of our booking-free website: https://www.dansfloridacondos.com/blog

*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.

 

2nd Annual #BookDirect Day – Feb. 6, 2019

2nd Annual #BookDirect Day – Feb. 6, 2019

Today we are celebrating the 2nd annual #BookDirect day.

The #BookDirect initiative was first organized to educate guests about the advantages of bypassing third-party channels to book directly with management companies and homeowners.

Not only are vacation rental owners facing the same issues regarding the often-high commissions set by listing sites, but also guests themselves frequently end up paying more for the same stay.

For the past eight years I have used VRBO/HomeAway as my advertising venue for the rental of Dans Florida Condos (www.dansfloridacondos.com). I have two immaculate 2br and 1br units located on Anna Maria Island (Central Gulf Coast, in Bradenton Beach, FL). It’s such a treat having direct beach access right across the street from our home away from home! A few years ago, 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 in return for paying that fee.  We feel as that extra money could be used to purchase a margarita while resting your feet in one of the many beachside bars of Anna Maria Island, FL.

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! #BookDirect

I am excited to participate in the #BookDirect movement by continuing to offer a “booking fee free” website at www.dansfloridacondos.com. Check out Dans Florida Condos 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.

Did you know, that the average traveler spends $237 to big box booking sites like VRBO, HomeAway, and Airbnb!!!  They could be using that on a golf cart rental, fishing trip, or several rounds of drinks!

 

Six ways to Save $ By #BookDirect:

  1. Try and #BookDirect 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 and #BookDirect. You can like my page by doing a quick Facebook Search “Dans Florida Condos” or visiting 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 #BookDirect website.
  4. Check for traveler reviews on the major websites. If there are a decent number of good reviews for a listing (say 10+), and the listing has been posted for at least a few months and had confirmed bookings (this information is usually included on the site), chances are it’s a safe bet. If the owner were in the habit of doing things like unjustifiably canceling reservations or wrongfully withholding security deposits, the listing would have been pulled or you would see this mentioned in reviews. (It’s important to note that the big listing sites will not remove negative reviews at the request of the owner/manager unless they violate the company’s guidelines.
  5. Consider purchasing trip insurance from a third-party; the coverage will likely be broader — and may cost considerably less — than that “covered” by a listing site fee.
  6. Explore alternative payment methods. The owner may be able to provide adequate information so you can use checks, bank transfers, or other methods with confidence and save an additional 3%.

If you have any questions about the changing Rental By Owner market or #BookDirect, you are welcome to reach out at any time. Please also take the time to “Like” our facebook page at www.facebook.com/dansfloridacondos.

Here’s to starting a new #BookDirect 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. #BookDirect

 

Check out this interesting roundtable by #BookDirect enthusiasts!

To read more articles highlighting Anna Maria Island, Bradenton Beach, FL and Dans Florida Condos please visit the “Our Blog” section of our booking-free website: https://www.dansfloridacondos.com/blog/

*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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