Anna Maria Island Pier Update – Work to start in May!

Anna Maria Pier Update

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.

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without the written consent of Dans Florida Condos.

Social Events Announced – Jan, Feb, March

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

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

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

Things to do this Winter on AMI

Merry 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.

 


WINTERFEST
Saturday, December 9 & 10, 2017
City Hall Field, Holmes Beach
10:00 am – 4:30 pm

Check out Winterfest, a Festival of Fine Arts & Crafts Show held at City Hall Field in Holmes Beach, Florida from 10am to 4:30pm. An amazing event full of entertainment, food and of course arts and crafts for purchase by talented artists from near and far.

This year there are over 80 participants showcasing their works in the 30th Annual Winterfest Festival, Sponsored by the Anna Maria Island Art League. This is a fun family event that features continuous live music on stage Saturday and a large food court offering a variety of food and beverages. Exhibits include various, art, jewelry, historical, and environmental booths.

Be sure to enter the gala raffle of art work donated by festival exhibitors. Proceeds benefit the League’s Scholarship Fund, which provides classes to children and adults.Tickets are $1 each or six for $5 and winners need not be present to win.

Admission and parking are free.

Coastal Christmas - Anna Maria Island


CHRISTMAS ON BRIDGE STREET
Saturday, December 17, 2017
Bridge Street, Bradenton Beach
4:30 – 8:30 pm

If you missed the Tree Lighting 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 the Powell Crosley Dickens Carollers and Storytellers.

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.

Don’t forget there is plenty of shopping throughout Anna Maria Island so be sure to visit Holmes Beach and Anna Maria villages for more coastal treats and holiday treasures.

Merry Christmas Anna Maria Island
Merry Christmas Anna Maria Island

MOTE AQUARIUM SNOW CAMP FOR KIDS
Select days from December 27, 2017 – January 5, 2018
Bridge Street, Bradenton Beach
4:30 – 8:30 pm

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. Camp hours run from 8:00 am – 12:00 pm. 

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.

Camps are $45 for non-members and $38 for member; sign up for 3 or more days and receive a 10% discount. This registration fee includes all materials, visits to the aquarium and mammal center, and snack. Please note: camps will not run if minimum number is not met. A notice will go out the week prior to camp should this happen.

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


New Years Eve
December 31st, 2017

Unfortunately, the New Year’s Fireworks that are normally celebrated on the beach at The Beach House Restaurant will not take place again this year.  They have cancelled this celebration in order to keep all migrating and nesting shorebirds safe and out of harms way. We support The Beach House and the entire Chiles Group of restaurants in their endeavours to keep Anna Maria Island wildlife thriving for years to come. 

You can still enjoy New Year’s celebrations in Many of the local restaurants and bars open on the island. There’s no place better to be!

Anna Maria Island FireWorks Sunset
Anna Maria Island FireWorks Sunset

– 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.

 

Oscar Mayer Wienermobile makes Pitstop on AMI

OscarMayer Wiener Mobile Visits Anna Maria Island

Meat the hot-doggers.

Elise “Cheddar Cheese” Johnson and Dominic “Dijon Dom” Ricci are two of 12 people who can drive the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile — with the rare exception of Jay Leno, who took the modified Chevy truck for a spin and a story earlier this year for his TV series on motor vehicles, “Jay Leno’s Garage.”

And it was Johnson and Ricci who chose to beach the larger-than-life hot dog and stay at the Cedar Cove Resort in Holmes Beach between marketing events Dec. 5-10 in Lakewood Ranch, Bradenton, North Port, Fort Myers and Sarasota.

OscarMayer Wiener Mobile
OscarMayer Wiener Mobile

“A lot of people have been stopping by and taking pictures,” Johnson said about her stay on Anna Maria Island.  “It always makes somebody’s day,” she added.

Johnson and her fellow hot-doggers are among an elite few, including Oscar Mayer’s president, who can speak on behalf of the company. They interviewed, sang the jingle and “cut the mustard” to get the job the first year out of college, Ricci added. Johnson graduated from the University of Texas-Austin and Ricci from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

They attended a two-week Hot Dog High with the 10 other drivers and then took to the road for a yearlong stint at the wheel of the Wienermobile for the Kraft Heinz-owned company, now headquartered in Chicago. A 2015 merger closed the Oscar Mayer plant in Madison, Wisconsin, consolidated operations and moved the headquarters to the Aon Building in Chicago’s Loop.

German immigrant Oscar F. Mayer started a meat market with his brother, Gottfried, first in Detroit and then in the 1880s on the north side of Chicago. His nephew Carl G. Mayer created the first Weinermobile in 1936. About every 10-15 years, Ricci said, the company changes the vehicle design.

Ricci and Johnson see a bright future in marketing with the parent company, as teachers or wherever they want to use their people skills after finishing their tour of 15 Southeast states in June 2018. They have oodles of transferable skills, they say. “We’re basically running a PR firm, the 12 of us and the CEO,” Johnson said, with six months and 25,000 miles under her belt.

She also praised their Anna Maria Island hangout Dec. 8 while visiting The Islander office and greeting folks interested in the Wienermobile. “It’s so peaceful. I think it’s the best-kept secret,” Johnson said about the island. “I’ll be taking my family back here,” she added.

And, as Ricci and Johnson would say, the puns are many, so we’ll ketchup then. With relish.

In the meantime, put a little mustard on that dog.

“Oh, I’d love to be an Oscar Mayer wiener. That is what I’d truly like to be. Cause if I were an Oscar Mayer wiener, everyone would be in love with me.” It’s a jingle everyone a certain age will not forget.

-Article Courtesy of the Islander

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

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

Tour de Turtles – The Islands Fastest but Slowest Race!

Anna Maria Island - Turtle Nesting and Race

Tour de Turtles – The Islands Fastest but Slowest Race!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

– Article Courtesy of The Islander

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

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