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.


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

A Wonderful Review, lends itself to a Valuable Anna Maria Island Visitors Guide

A Wonderful Review, lends itself to a Valuable Anna Maria Island Visitors Guide

Nothing pleases me more to receive feedback from former guests of Dans Florida Condos (www.dansfloridacondos.com), who enjoy Anna Maria Island as much as I do. Feedback is not only a pleasant pat on the back, but also serves as a valuable tool for online consumers.

I’ve spoken with hundreds if not thousands of families, and a consistent theme heard was second to value/price, is having exposure to past guest reviews.   Recently the Walen family spent two action packed weeks with Dans Florida Condos.  They experienced all that Anna Maria Island had to offer, including activities, resturants, and of course the beautiful sugar sand beaches of the Gulf of Mexico. Luckily for the rest of us, they put together a detailed review of not only their stay at Dans Florida Condos, but also of their entire trip.

Please enjoy the following content submitted with the Walen Family.  Its my hopes that it will serve as a helpful guide as you find the perfect home away from home, on your next visit to Anna Maria Island!


Just wanted to provide a recap of our trip (7/22-8/4). Sorry for the long post, but I wanted to share our fabulous time staying at Dans Florida Condos (www.dansfloridacondos.com) – Anna Maria Island in Bradenton Beach, FL

We just returned from 2 weeks at Dan’s condo (2bd/unit 227). It was our first trip to AMI and we simply fell in love with the island.

PRE BOOKING. For starters, Dan was extremely easy to deal with prior to and after booking. He answered all of my questions ahead of time, ensuring I knew exactly what his condo was equipped with, what the resort included in terms of amenities and location, and policies/procedures.

On the week of the trip, I received all the pertinent check in information and it was clear and concise. We arrived to the unit to find it clean and extremely well equipped with everything you could need for a vacation.

THE CONDO ITSELF. We are a family who typically prepares breakfasts and lunches in our condo and most nights we go out for dinner. The kitchen was fully stocked for cooking and the refrig and stove, microwave, toaster, oven was CLEAN and in well working order. We were very appreciative of the nice washer and dryer and definitely used it throughout our stay.

The beds were extremely comfortable and the linens were very nice. The unit has a ton of towels, including beach towels. We did not have to bring ours and this made packing easier. The sofa and loveseat is very nice. In addition, the furniture and closet space (including plenty of hangers!) is more than adequate for your storage needs.

His condo includes four Tommy Bahama backpack style beach chairs which we used nearly every day. Although I wish he had a beach cart, we ditched our beach bag and used the bags on the beach chairs to lighten our load to the beach every day.

THE COMMUNITY (RUNAWAY BAY). We played tennis quite a bit and were thankful for the racquets he supplied as well. The court is in great condition and they are lit as well in case you want to play at night.

We loved the pool at Runaway. Our kids made friends quickly with the other kids staying at the resort. I checked out the pools at other resorts around us and was shocked at how small they are so I really appreciated the nice size of the Runaway Bay pool. The kids had plenty of room to play and didn’t bother the many adults who also used the pool (including myself).The pool chairs, tables, and umbrellas were very nice. Plenty of shade options and having a bathroom adjacent to the pool was a bonus!

THE BEACH. It is literally right across the street. The crosswalk made crossing the street super easy. For those with little ones, you push a button, the lights flash, and cars stop. It really is easy and safe. The beach itself isn’t really ever crowded and we had no problem having plenty of room every day (and we went almost every day for 2 weeks!). The sand is soft and cool, and the water was gorgeous.

THE ISLAND. The trolley is indeed right outside the complex and it was SO easy to hop on and take it up and down the island. My kids LOVED it. We loved Bridge Street and the kids especially loved the miniature golf. We rented bikes and biking around AMI is super easy and we felt very safe. Bridge St. is very easy to bike to, and we biked several times to Walgreens/Holy Cow Ice Cream.

RESTAURANTS. We ate at a lot of placed over the island and loved quite a bit. Our favorites: The Ugly Grouper (twice!), Smoqe house (AMAZING!), Fire and Stone Pizza in Cortez (twice!), Rod & Reel, Holy Cow Ice Cream (twice!), Wicked Cantina, Tide Tables, Gulf Drive Cafe (beautiful sunset!), SandBar, Donut Experience (soo good) and Bridge Tender Inn (IMO the best fish tacos I had all week!)

In all, we really loved Dan’s condo. It was clean, comfortable, and extremely well equipped. The Runaway Bay complex is truly a gem – centrally located, and the pool cannot be beat. We will definitely return!!


To the Walen Family, thank you again for the opportunity to host your beautiful family. I look forward to helping you create memories for years to come! I know that lodging selection, while important, is only one part of a wonderfully memorable family vacation. Outlining some of the other activities and restaurants your family enjoyed during your stay should be helpful for future guests of Dans Florida Condos.


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: http://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 .

Farewell Red Tide – Anna Maria Island Has Prevailed

Farewell Red Tide – Anna Maria Island Has Prevailed

Guests of Dans Florida Condos have waited a while, but we can now officially announce that Anna Maria Island, FL is now clear of Red Tide! Anna Maria Island and a majority of the Gulf Shores have been affected by Red Tide since the mid summer of 2018. The island showed extreme improvement in Sept/Oct and hasn’t really shown any remnants of the nasty Red Tide since.

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.


“For the first time in 14 months, no red tide is predicted in Southwest Florida in today’s three-day forecast by the University of South Florida/Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) Collaboration for Prediction of Red Tides. “

– Cindy Lane | Sun

In latest samples taken from the shores of Anna Maria Island, there has been little if any background concentrations. With the cooler water temperatures along with some pretty strong storms that came in just before the Christmas holiday, scientists are predicting that Anna Maria Island’s Red Tide days are behind them.

For more information, check out the latest article in the Anna Maria Island SUN: “2018 ushering out red tide

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 .

Sunset Dining and Sustainable Fishing Practices. The perfect match on Anna Maria Island

Sunset Dining and Sustainable Fishing Practices. The perfect match on Anna Maria Island

Guests of Dans Florida Condos, not only visit Anna Maria Island FL for the world class beaches, relaxation, or the sun. . . they often come for healthy and tasty cuisine.  While fresh fish is available in pretty much every resturant and diner you turn, how do you know you are receiving the best quality catch of the day fish that the Island is famous for.

Guests of Dans Florida Condos have been dining at the Beach House for decades.  They not only have premier real estate with sunset views and elegant dinning, but they support sustainable fishing practices and have a long reputation of delivering fresh, quality meals night in and night out.

You are out for a night of relaxation and a nice dinner. You order your food and take in the aroma, texture, and taste of your seafood entree. Who knew supporting the health of the environment could be so enjoyable and simple?

At the Beach House, they wholeheartedly support sustainable fishing practices. That means your favorite seafood species has its best chance to be around for you and your children to enjoy in the future. When it comes to seafood, the term “sustainable” means that a species has been wild caught or farmed with both the long-term future of the fishery and the health of the oceans as top priorities.

Pictured dish is Grilled Cortez Grey Striped Mullet accompanied by Bradley Store Stone Ground Cheese Grits

Our oceans cover more than seventy percent of the Earth’s surface; however, some species of seafood have been so overfished that the fisheries are no longer able to support the demand. As an example, Tuna stocks have suffered overfishing to meet the increased demand, which is why you won’t see tuna on our menu unless it were to be sustainably caught. Another concern is that many species high on the marine food chain have suffered from overfishing and have a high amount of Mercury, PCB’s or other bio-containments. Conversely, many sustainable fish species such as Grey Striped mullet, Spanish mackerel and herring are high in protein, vitamins, minerals and heart-healthy omega-3s while containing low amounts of harmful chemicals. Sustainable fishing practices mean more abundant populations and healthier fish for everyone.

When you look at the Beach House menu and see Atlantic Cod, you know it has received numerous recommendations for being sustainable and good for you. They also use local fisheries for fish like Cortez Grey Striped mullet and other underutilized species that have met the recommendations for certified, sustainable fishing.

The news isn’t all bad as there is something that can be done. For instance, the Gulf Red Snapper fishery was driven to the brink of collapse by decades of overfishing. According to the Environmental Defense Fund, cooperation in the fishing industry has led to a noteworthy change in the amount of snapper available for harvesting. Since 2007 the amount of stock has tripled and now can be found on menus year round and is recognized as a sustainable choice for seafood.

Anna Maria Island Fresh Fish
Anna Maria Island Fresh Fish

Pink Shrimp, Black Sea Bass, and Yellowtail Snapper are just some of the species being rebuilt as part of local, private and governmental efforts to ensure environmentally responsible aquaculture. Good fishery management takes into account not just human consumption, but the impact of the species on its surrounding ecosystem. Sea turtles and coral reefs are all negatively affected when species are overfished and unavailable to fulfill their roles.

Eating sustainably doesn’t mean that you have to sacrifice flavor or texture. Many lesser known species are absolutely delicious on their own and our culinary team is well versed on the best ways to enhance the flavors of each species, allowing us to bring diversity to our menus and support a healthy, sustainable environment.

Know that at the Beach House they take commitment to the health and sustainability of the ocean as seriously as their commitment to customers. It has always been their aim to be good stewards of the environment and to leave it better than we found it.

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: http://www.dansfloridacondos.com/blog/


*- Content courtesy of the Beach House & Mar Vista Restaurants News – August 1, 2018

*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 .

Cooking Classes Coming to Anna Maria Island

Cooking Classes Coming to Anna Maria Island

Guests of Dans Florida Condos (www.dansfloridacondos.com), on Anna Maria Island can leave the pots and pans at home while vacationing.  Not only do our units include a full kitchen will everything you need to make a scrambled egg to Thanksgiving dinner, the more adventurous traveler can now take cooking classes while visiting Anna Maria Island!

Cooking Classes are back at the Studio at Gulf and Pine! Learn new recipes and culinary techniques from the Master Chefs of the Sandbar, Beach House and Mar Vista Restaurants.

These hands on cooking lessons will feature a variety of locally sourced ingredients showcasing fresh, summer flavors and sustainable menu items. In the relaxed and beautiful setting of the Studio art gallery you will enjoy learning how to make dishes that will be sure to impress your guests at your next dinner party or special occasion. Join Sandbar Executive Chef Rich Demarse, Beach House Executive Chef Will Manson, Mar Vista Executive Chef Erik Walker and Sous Chef Toffer Jacobs for fun, interactive, chef-led cooking classes on a variety of topics – each class features a unique culinary theme.

Classes will be held Thursdays, June 7th – August 2nd, 11:00am -2:00ish. Class fee is $99 per person per class (includes tax and gratuity, an apron, recipes, cooking lesson, lunch, plus a few surprises). Sign up for all nine and only pay for 8. Class size is limited to 16 so hurry to reserve your spot today. To make your purchase and reserve your seat at the table or for more information contact Caryn Hodge at 941-713-3105 or chodge@chilesgroup.com or book directly at www.studioatgulfandpine.com/culinaryart. Seating is limited and the classes fill up quickly so book your spot today. The Studio at Gulf and Pine is located at 10101 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria, FL. Free parking.

Series Schedule

June 7 – Stocks and Sauces with Chef Rich Demarse. Chef Rich will teach you the basics and some tricks of the trade of making a stock along with some delicious, versatile sauces.
June 14 – Sushi! It’s all about the roll! Chef Rich Demarse will show you some innovative ways to make this ancient style of cuisine.
June 21 – Eggs, Eggs, Eggs! with Chef Erik Walker will surprise you with all the ways you can use eggs in delicious ways you can create one of a kind dishes using farm fresh eggs.
June 28 – The Summer Grill with Chef Erik Walker. Re-discover a summer pastime, grilling! We will discuss grilling techniques for different proteins, which charcoals use, as well as gas vs. charcoal grilling.
July 5 – Fish and Poultry with Chef Erik Walker. Learn everything you need to know about fileting and deboning fish and poultry, while discovering new and exciting ways to incorporate these proteins into your recipe repertoire.
July 12 – Comfort Food Favorites with Chef Will Manson. There’s no place like home! Chef Will shows you how to put some new twists on some old classics.
July 19 – Ala Minute with Sous Chef Toffer Jacob. Discover French style cooking using local ingredients from the farm to the sea.
July 26 – Let’s Party! with Chef Will Manson. Learn how to be the hostess with the mostest. Give a dinner party and actually be able to enjoy it with your guests. Our friendly mixologist will be mixing fun cocktails too!
Aug 2 – Vegan Dinner with Chef Rich Demarse. More veggies please! Discover new ways to make farm fresh vegetables interesting and delicious.

 


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: http://www.dansfloridacondos.com/blog/

– Content courtesy June News for the Sandbar,
Beach House & Mar Vista Restaurants 6/1/2018

*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.

 

Turtle watchers excited, first nest of season spotted on AMI

Turtle watchers excited, first nest of season spotted on AMI

Visitors of Dans Florida Condos (www.dansfloridacondos.com), on Anna Maria Island are excited for Turtle Nesting Season.  Just steps from the condos, turtles come to the beaches of Anna Maria Island to drop off their eggs, which both island residents and guests make sure to take good care of them during their stay.

Like a well-trained regiment, the Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring team is ready for May-October sea turtle nesting season. And, so are area residents and visitors. They’re looking forward signs of nesting. Island beaches are a hot spot for female sea turtles — mostly loggerheads — to lay their nests. “I think people that choose Anna Maria Island as a home or a vacation spot are wildlife lovers and seekers,” AMITW executive director Suzi Fox said.

As of May 13, only one nest has been laid and it is at Coquina Beach in Bradenton Beach. It was spotted by AMITW volunteers Elsa Rohow and Tammy Rosenfeld. Fox said some female loggerheads are “checking out the beach,” but the sand may still feel cool.  Also as of May 13, eight false crawls were spotted on island beaches.

Turtle watch volunteer Elsa Rohow stands May 14 next to the first nest of the 2018 sea turtle nesting season. She and volunteer Tammy Rosenfeld spotted the nest May 12 at Coquina Beach in Bradenton Beach. “We were thrilled to find the first nest this year,” Rohow said. Islander Photo: ChrisAnn Silver Esformes

A false crawl occurs when a female turtle leaves the water to nest, but returns to the Gulf without laying her eggs. False crawls do not always occur because the sea turtle was distracted or scared away. The number of false crawls usually is about the same as the number of nests by the end of nesting season, according to Fox.

Each of the nearly 100 turtle watch volunteers is assigned a turn walking a 1-mile stretch of beach just after sunrise, looking for the telltale tracks indicating newly laid sea turtle nests or hatched nests. Once spotted, nests are marked with tape and stakes and observed for data and protection.

Bradenton resident Catherine Lafuente, who previously lived beachfront on Longboat Key, said she enjoyed seeing the volunteers on their daily walks on Longboat and now appreciates seeing the nesting activity on Anna Maria Island. “When we lived on Longboat, we saw what the volunteers were doing and appreciated it,” Lafuente said. “We don’t live on the island, but it’s just a short trek to experience something so special.”

This year, there are 24 new walkers, the most Fox said she’s trained in one season. Kathy Doddridge, AMITW volunteer coordinator for the beach section between 26th Street North and Cortez Road in Bradenton Beach, said new volunteers Dixie Lampers and Carl Jelovich spotted the first false crawl in that section. “They are new walkers so imagine their excitement when they saw the tracks in the sand!” Doddridge said. “Last year, our first false crawl in this section was May 12 so the girls are right on time. It is great to start another turtle season!”

Turtle watch volunteer Anne Camp shows a loggerhead sea turtle egg to beachgoers at a nest excavation near the end of the 2017 nesting season. AMITW volunteers wait 72 hours after the nest hatches to collect data for local, state and federal agencies. The public often is invited to attend excavations as part of AMITW’s educational outreach.

Anne Camp, AMITW volunteer coordinator for the section of beach from the Manatee Public Beach to 26th Street in Holmes Beach, says she’s thrilled to see most of her 2017 volunteers walking this season, and to guide the new ones. “We learn in our training what to look for and what nests look like, but the excitement when one sees their first nest is indescribable,” Camp said.

New volunteer walker Barbara Riskay said she’s anxious to spot her first nest. “I’ve been studying lots of pictures, but it’s not like the real thing,” Riskay said. “I can’t wait.”

For more information on nesting season, contact Fox at suzifox@gmail.com or 941-778-5638. Visit myfwc.com/seaturtle and click on “Sea Turtles and Lights” or “Wildlife Friendly Lighting” for more information on keeping beaches safe for sea turtles.

To report sick, injured, entangled or dead sea turtles or shorebirds contact the FWC Wildlife Alert Hotline at 888-404-3922.


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: http://www.dansfloridacondos.com/blog/

– 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.

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

Mothers Day on Anna Maria Island

Mother's Day Anna Maria Island FL

Moms deserve to be pampered. Guests that are staying at Dans Florida Condos (www.dansfloridacondos.com), have a variety of dinning options while on the island.  For a special treat this year, we recommend one of our flagship resturants!  Spend lunch or dinner with the Sand Bar or Beach House and she will be sitting with her toes in the sand, listening to the sounds of the waves gently lapping the shore, enjoying the view of pristine gulf waters while she dines on delicious seafood and farm to fork produce paired with her favorite wine or tropical drink! That is the way to make mom happy….Treat her to Mother’s Day on Anna Maria Island!

Mother's Day Anna Maria Island FL

The Sandbar will serve their Brunch menu from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm with the live jazz music provided by the Al Hixon Jazz Band.

The Beach House will be serving chef inspired dishes from the dinner menu starting at 11:30 am both inside and outside on the newly renovated waterfront deck. Mom will love chilling out in our new sunken lounge area or at our outside bar with her favorite cocktail. Don’t forget to ask for the amazing Beach House Bloody Mary – it is a meal in itself!

Mar Vista will be offering lunch and dinner menus at regular times with fresh from the farm produce and gulf to table seafood expertly prepared by Chef Erik.

Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms, moms-to-be and grandmothers too.


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: http://www.dansfloridacondos.com/blog/

– Content courtesy of the Beach House & Mar Vista Restaurants News

*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 Turtle Nesting Watch

Anna Maria Island - Turtle Nesting and Race

Guests of Dans Florida Condos (www.dansfloridacondos.com) and Anna Maria Island are urged to educate themselves on many of the rules and regulations that protect the many Sea Turtles that share the island with them.  This years “Turtle Watch” has come a few weeks early, due to warmer than normal climate and water currents in the Gulf of Mexico.

The first loggerhead nest of the 2018 sea turtle nesting season in Florida was spotted April 9 in Palm Beach County. According to Suzi Fox, Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring executive director, this is early even for the east coast, which sees earlier nesters due to the warm Gulfstream.

“This is very, very early and I’m a bit nervous,” Fox wrote in an April 9 email to AMITW volunteers. “We should be prepared to conduct survey walks early.”

Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring executive director Suzi Fox leads a volunteer training session April 10 at Waterline Marina Resort & Beach Club, 5325 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.

Sea turtle nesting season officially begins May 1, a date that signals mature females soon will make their way to island beaches to deposit their eggs. A record-breaking number of nests — 488 — were counted on Anna Maria Island in 2017. During nesting season, which runs through Oct. 31, AMITW volunteers are assigned a designated 1-mile stretch of beach to walk once a week, just after sunrise, looking for signs of nesting activity the night before and, later in the season, for hatchlings to emerge.

When nests are discovered, they are staked for protection and monitored for data, which goes to Manatee County and the state to track population and behavior trends. The data also is required for beach renourishment research. During nesting season, turtle watch relies on code enforcement in Anna Maria, Bradenton Beach and Holmes Beach to keep the beaches safe for sea turtles and people.

The beach is crowded with sunbathers, umbrellas and sea turtle nests in October 2017.

Holmes Beach code enforcement officer JT Thomas said he works hand-in-hand with the public to educate people about turtle-friendly practices. He said he invites people to join him at the end of his workday as he patrols the beach checking for code compliance.

Sea turtles — mostly loggerheads on the island — use their instincts to follow the natural light from the reflection of the moon and stars on the surface of the water back to the Gulf of Mexico after nesting.

The hatchlings follow the same instincts when they emerge from the clutch to the sandy surface — they head to the sparkle of light on the water.

Bright lights close to the shoreline can distract sea turtles away from the water, increasing the likelihood of death by predation or exhaustion, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

The island municipalities have ordinances to deal with sea turtle lighting violations. Additionally, loggerheads are protected by the U.S. Endangered Species Act of 1973 and the Florida Marine Turtle Protection Act. Recently, Thomas has had a team of four citizen volunteers who each ride with him one night a week, checking streetlights and beachfront lights to determine which ones might be problematic for sea turtles. Florida Power and Light is using the information to tag streetlights it plans to turn off or shield for nesting season.

Thomas said he plans to tighten communication with FPL this nesting season to address lighting concerns. Following Hurricane Irma in September 2017, many beachfront property owners pruned trees and bushes that blocked light from the beach.

“Its important people realize they may have cleared landscaping that used to block light to the beach,” Thomas said. “They may need to switch out a bulb or change a fixture to be turtle-friendly.”

Thomas said while he and his crew are checking lights, they stop to chat with people on the beach who are curious about sea turtles.

“It’s all about us working together as a team with turtle watch and keeping the flow of information going to the public,” Thomas said. “Turtle watch shares the knowledge that helps us keep the beaches safe for turtles and people.”

Holmes Beach code enforcement officer JT Thomas indicates April 11 a light on 39th Street tagged with a notice stating the light will be turned off May 1 for sea turtle nesting season.

Anna Maria code enforcement manager Dave Greenbaum said he also has a team of staff and volunteers checking for lighting compliance. He said the city ensures lighting visible from the beach is compliant before issuing a certificate of occupancy.

“Everything is pretty much squared away and ready to go for turtle season,” Greenbaum said.

Bradenton Beach code enforcement officer Gail Garneau is emailing property owners, management companies and other businesses, reminding them to turn off or shield lights visible from the beach from sunset to sunrise. Notices also include a reminder that beach furniture and related beach items must be pulled landward, behind the dune line.  Beach furniture left on the beach after sunset may be confiscated and retrieval of such items includes a fee.

Last year, Bradenton Beach enacted a fee schedule that includes fines for property left overnight on the beach, and lighting violations. Holmes Beach also recently included sea turtle ordinance violations on its notice of violation form and includes a compliance check as part of the city’s new vacation rental inspections.

The first week in May, Garneau will perform lighting inspections with Fox to ensure there are no compliance issues with new development. Additionally, Garneau, Greenbaum and Thomas attended an FWC lighting workshop in Bellair Beach in March.

AMITW and the island municipalities also are distributing cards that contain a filter that when held up to a light source can help determine if a light is sea turtle-friendly. Fox and AMITW volunteers will be distributing the “turtle eye” cards, along with other informational materials, to island businesses, owners and residents the first week in May.

“We are working with code 100 percent in all three cities,” Fox said. “We are ready to hit the ground running when the turtle girls arrive.”


Do’s and don’ts for sea turtle nesting season
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission recommends people follow these guidelines for sea turtle safety May 1-Oct.31.

• DO turn off or adjust lighting along the beachfront to prevent nesting sea turtles from becoming disoriented and moving toward the glow of light on land, instead of natural light reflecting on the surface of the water. Indoor lights should be turned off, with curtains closed after dark, and outdoor lighting should be turtle-friendly bulbs. Use fixtures low to the ground and shielded from view at the shoreline.

• DON’T use flashlights or camera flashes on the beach at night. They can distract nesting sea turtles and cause them to return to the water.

• DO clear the way at the end of the day. Nesting female sea turtles can become trapped, confused or impeded by gear left on the beach at night. Remove items such as boats, tents, rafts and beach furniture and fill in holes or level sand castles before dusk. Holes trap turtles and can injure people.

Call code enforcement to report unattended property or large holes on the beach.
City of Anna Maria code enforcement — 941-708-6130, ext. 139 or ext. 129.
City of Bradenton Beach code enforcement — 941-778-1005, ext. 280.
City of Holmes Beach code enforcement — 941-708-5800, ext. 247.

Report sick, injured, entangled or dead sea turtles to the FWC Wildlife Alert Hotline, at 1-888-404-3922, #FWC or *FWC on a cellphone or text Tip@MyFWC.com.
For more information on nesting season, contact Fox at suzifox@gmail.com or 941-778-5638.


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: http://www.dansfloridacondos.com/blog/

– 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.

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

Anna Maria Island Pier Progress!

Anna Maria Island Pier Progress!

Guests who enjoy Dan’s Florida Condos, which is located on Anna Maria Island, FL will be very happy to hear the progress on the repairs in place for the historic Anna Maria Island City Pier!  Work on the Anna Maria City Pier should begin in May.

In a commission meeting April 3, Jay Saxena, vice president of Ayres Associates, the engineering firm in charge of rebuilding the pier, delivered details of a timeline for the project.The planks should be removed on or about May 15.  The timeline anticipates demolition to begin in early May and to be complete by early September.

Ayres received its demolition permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers March 7 and expects to receive a construction permit by July 31. Work on the platform is expected to begin in late August and work on the restaurant is set to begin in April 2019.

A rendering of the proposed design for the Anna Maria City Pier looking landward shows a slightly altered floor plan to accommodate more storage inside the bait shop and restaurant.

A seagrass study requested by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is set to start at the beginning of May, and is required before construction. Saxena said NOAA is working with Ayres to move the date to May 11 instead of June, when it would normally be scheduled, to coincide with the season for seagrasses to be most fully in bloom.

Ayres has scheduled when it will issue requests for proposals for crews to perform the work. A demolition RFP will be issued April 20. A platform construction RFP will go out June 1 and a restaurant construction RFP is scheduled for Aug. 1.

The firm has yet to set dates for when it will order and receive materials for construction.  All work should be completed by December 2019, according to Ayres.

Anna Maria Commissioners Carol Carter and Brian Seymour April 3 examine samples of the Kebony and HardiePlank wood considered for the buildings on the city pier.

Commissioner Brian Seymour asked Saxena April 3 how sure he was the pier could go back up if they tore it down.

“There’s no reason they wouldn’t let us do it,” Saxena said, pointing out the existing pier poses a public safety hazard.

Saxena said the Army Corps is thankful that the city is going through the permitting process to repair the pier, noting that the pier had previously been constructed and repaired without permits or studies.

“We would really have to do some toe dancing with the Army Corps to be able to keep it,” Mayor Dan Murphy said.

 

Commission chooses pier siding

It’s Kebony, again.

In a split vote, Anna Maria commissioners decided April 3 to proceed with Kebony for the future siding on the buildings at the T-end of the city pier. Kebony is created with pine and modified to perform like mahogany or teak, tropical hardwoods that last longer.

Commissioners Brian Seymour and Doug Copeland voted against Kebony.

Commissioners Carol Carter, Amy Tripp and Dale Woodland voted in favor.

The commission voted in March to use Kebony for the pier’s decking as well. The material comes with a 30-year warranty.

For side paneling, Kebony runs $8.50 a square foot. Material costs for 5,000 square feet are $42,500.

Jay Saxena of Ayres Associates, the engineering firm contracted to design and build the pier, and Barron Schimberg of the architectural firm, Schimberg Group, presented Kebony and other options April 3 in a meeting to finish selections for the building.

Other options cost less than Kebony.

HardiePlank, at $1.25 per square foot, was the least expensive option. Schimberg said the material should be painted unless ordered in a preferred color, but it is durable. Beveled cedar costs $2.50 a square foot and cypress select runs $6.30 per square foot. Schimberg said cedar and cypress do not come with warranties, but they are durable materials that weather well.

However, Commissioner Doug Copeland said he did not think cypress or cedar would be as durable as HardiePlank. He said he built window shutters for his home 20 years ago with cypress select and HardiePlank.

“The (HardiePlank) board looks like the day I put it up,” Copeland said.

He also brought a sample of decayed cypress from his shutters. Most of the cypress he used is still in good shape, he said, but some is rotting.

He advocated for the use of HardiePlank, pointing out it is cheaper than Kebony and still provides durability.

Schimberg said the aesthetics of HardiePlank will be “flatter” and resemble concrete.

Selecting siding for the restaurant and bait buildings was the final decision for the city commission to make on construction materials, Saxena said. Mayor Dan Murphy asked commissioners if they wanted to add railings to the design. “People seem to be divided on it,” he said.

Sissy Quinn, a resident of Anna Maria and head of a preservation group, said she preferred no railing, adding most people would feel it would less resemble the old pier. Commissioners voted 5-0 against railing, but asked Murphy to look into raising the curb — toe boards on the edge of the walkway and T-end.

 

Input provided by pier tenant

Some changes were made to the floor plan to accommodate requests by pier tenant Mario Schoenfelder, Schimberg said.

In a March meeting, Schimberg proposed opening up the restaurant by installing sliding-glass doors and windows along the back wall, so the restaurant could be opened for a breeze.

However, Schimberg said Schoenfelder retained only a sliding-glass door on the inside wall, for servers to go in and out.

He also requested clear plastic curtains along the edge of the roofing that could be dropped during inclement weather so customers could remain seated outside.

The bait shop would be redesigned to include sliding-glass windows, as well as boundaries redrawn to provide more storage space.

The kitchen also would be expanded for more prep space.

Schimberg said he was meeting with Schoenfelder April 9 to go over more design options, including altering the ceiling to improve acoustics.


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: http://www.dansfloridacondos.com/blog/

– 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.

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

Island Golfing for a Cause, Payton Wright Foundation

Island Golfing for a Cause, Payton Wright Foundation

Anna Maria island caters to shellers, beach bums, and folks just looking to relax.   We also have some great golfing events and courses on the island and within 10-15 minute drive from Dans Florida Condos!

One great golfing event is returning and is for a great cause!  The 10th Annual Payton Wright Foundation Golf Tournament on Friday, May 4th, 2018, at Longboat Key Club in Sarasota is a must do if you you love “golfing for a cause”. Registrations include multiple chances to win a 20k hole in one, premium golf shirt/gift bag, food and drinks on the course, lunch and banquet admission. Banquet only admission can be purchased as well.

The foundation was formed after Patrick & Holly Wright lost their 5 year old daughter, Payton, from a rare form of brain cancer in May 2007. Pediatric brain cancer is leading cause of cancer related death among children. The Payton Wright Foundation is passionate and committed to help raise funds and awareness for this horrific disease. This year’s event is especially meaningful because we will celebrate what would have been Payton’s 16th birthday.

Families are the backbone of the Sandbar, Beach House and Mar Vista Restaurants and we are honored to help raise funds for the foundation Patrick and Holly Wright have created to honor their daughter Payton.

Tax-deductible contribution to this golf tournament gives critical support to families when they need it most, at the worst time of their lives. We provide these families, whose children are undergoing treatment for pediatric brain cancer, gas cards so they can afford to drive their child to treatment, sometimes hundreds of miles away. We also help them with their utilities and mortgage payments because worrying about how you are going to pay your mortgage or get your water turned back on should not be something a family with a sick child should have to fret about. We help families so their focus can stay on their child.

We hope you will join us for this awesome event helping families in need.
Register Here

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: http://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.