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.

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.


*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 .

Anna Maria Island – Voted 6th Happiest Seaside Town in U.S.

Historic Bridge Street

Guests of Dans Florida Condos, have asked a favor of me throughout the years: “Help keep our little island paradise a secret”.  Nestled on Florida’s Southwest Gulf coast just south of Clearwater and north of Sarasota, Anna Maria Island is the perfect vacation spot for a quiet Old-Time Florida holiday. 

The cat may be out of the bag, especially now since Coastal Living Magazine has listed Anna Maria Island as the 6th happiest seaside town in the United States.

**Along with beautiful beaches, excellent restaurants and nifty shops, Anna Maria residents might just have another reason to smile.

On June 12, Coastal Living magazine released its 2018 rankings for the 10 happiest seaside towns in the United States, placing the city of Anna Maria at No. 6.

The 10 finalists were nominated on social media and deemed finalists by the magazine. The order of cities in the final ranking was based on popular vote on the magazine’s social media.

Coastal Living 6th Happiest Seaside Towns
Coastal Living 6th Happiest Seaside Towns – TRACEY MINKIN

It is worth noting the final rankings were based on an online popular vote, with Anna Maria having the second smallest population of the 10 finalists.

Factors considered in the ranking were the percentage of clear and sunny days, wellness index, crime rate, standard of living, the financial well-being of locals and “coastal vibe,” among other criteria.

Rod & Reel Pier
Rod & Reel Pier – Anna Maria Island, Florida

In naming the finalists, Coastal Living describes Anna Maria as “an old-Florida dream of an island town, with a sweet little main street, community gardens and streets lined with candy-colored cottages.”

Our complex, Sarsota Bay and the Gulf of Mexico

“We’re just very proud that we’ve been nominated and recognized for being a happy city,” Mayor Dan Murphy said June 11 in a phone interview. “I’ve always felt that our residents are very happy.

“It kind of makes you happy to even visit our city, I think.”

“Tra-la-la,” Murphy emailed to The Islander.

No. 1 underrated beach town

Meanwhile, the three cities on Anna Maria Island were collectively ranked No. 1 in a June 15 Huffington Post story.

Writer Jess Bolluyt states: “Whether you love the ocean or prefer to spend your beach days at the lake, there are plenty of beaches and beach towns to explore across America. While some have gotten incredibly popular, others remain underrated, especially the most affordable ones.”

The Huffington Post reports that Trip Advisor users named Anna Maria Island as one of the most underrated beach towns in the United States. “This 7-mile-long island, located just across from St. Petersburg, retains its ‘Old Florida’ feel. The island feels laid-back and less developed than the surrounding area.”

Anna Maria Island is No. 1 on the list of beach towns in the post to “add to your bucket list.”

If you have a bucket list.

Coastal Living’s 10 happiest seaside towns in the United States

  1. Ocean City, New Jersey
  2. Traverse City, Michigan
  3. Cape Charles, Virginia
  4. Vero Beach, Florida
  5. Bluffton, South Carolina
  6. Anna Maria, Florida
  7. Cambria, California
  8. Hampton/Hampton Beach, New Hampshire
  9. Bellport, New York
  10. Cannon Beach, Oregon.

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**Source The Islander – June 19, 2018

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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.