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Hurricane Charley washed over Captiva Island in 2004

2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season Forecast

The 2018 extended range tropical forecast has been released by Colorado State University Department of Atmospheric Science.

As at April 5, the forecast is for slightly above average storm activity for the Atlantic Ocean basin. The current weak La Niña is not expected to transition into a significant El Niño by summer and fall. El Niño conditions create vertical wind shear that inhibits hurricane formation. Without wind shear, the tropical Atlantic is conducive to storm development.

The forecast predicts a slightly above-average probability for major hurricanes making landfall along the continental United States coastline and in the Caribbean.
(full details at http://tropical.colostate.edu)

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Beach Front Island Homes

What styles of Anna Maria Island homes are on the Gulf beach?

Construction on sandy beach front has changed a lot in 80 years, with easier access, higher standard of living, FEMA rules, and wealthier newcomers. Many older properties have been remodeled and often demolished to be replaced by larger houses.

Here are a few examples of houses built since the island’s early visitors through to today’s new construction.

White beach cottage 1940

Built c.1940

Yellow bungalow 1945

Built c. 1965

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Anna Maria Island High Season

Bean Point beach Anna Maria

Bean Point beach Anna Maria

When is the Anna Maria Island High Season? That depends on who you ask. For the rental industry, most tourists come in winter, between Thanksgiving and Easter. Rates go up towards the end of November and down about the beginning of May.

But times are changing and the “shoulder” seasons are extending into all of November and after April. Summer is also the busiest time for day visitors, who escape the inland heat for the cooler beaches and water activities and bring their kids who are out of school. Longer daylight hours attract after-work beachgoers. However, these visitors don’t have an impact on the rental real estate market as much as they do on the restaurant and bar trade.

As a year-round resident, who endures the high humidity and storms of summer, my respect for the wisdom of the snowbirds grows every year. From October through May, there are many days that are just about perfect. The people who come here during that period avoid a lot of discomfort and worry. They don’t have to worry about whether they are in a structure that will withstand the high winds of summer hurricanes. They don’t have to postpone a walk for fear of being struck by lightning, as often is the case in summer. The good news for those of us who stay here year-round is that high tourist season does not fill the entire period from October through May, so we get to enjoy many days that are near perfect, without crowds.

The busiest time of year seems to be around Presidents’ Day, the third Monday in February. Schools are on break and warmer weather brings out the winter hibernators. Travel can be brought to a standstill for hours as cars search for parking spots and bridge openings stop traffic flowing. Congestion is increasing each year as more people discover Anna Maria Island and try to squeeze onto a finite space.

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Tour Of Homes Anna Maria Island 2018

The 2018 “Tour Of Homes” is Saturday, March 17th, from 10 am to 4 pm. This year will mark the 25th for the event that raises money for the non-profit community center “The Center of Anna Maria Island”, which provides educational and recreational programs for youths, teens, seniors, and a disaster shelter.

These are the 5 homes open to visitors and a bazaar at The Center.

  • 242 Gladiolus Drive, Anna Maria
  • 420 Magnolia Avenue, Anna Maria
  • 1 Palm Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach
  • 627 Emerald Lane, Holmes Beach
  • 628 Key Royale Drive, Holmes Beach
242 Gladiolus Drive, Anna Maria

242 Gladiolus Drive, Anna Maria

420 Magnolia Avenue, Anna Maria

420 Magnolia Avenue, Anna Maria

1 Palm Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach

1 Palm Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach

627 Emerald Lane, Holmes Beach

627 Emerald Lane, Holmes Beach

628 Key Royale Drive, Holmes Beach

628 Key Royale Drive, Holmes Beach

Admission charge is $30 with tickets available at The Center, home tour locations, and local businesses.
Proceeds benefit The Center of Anna Maria Island programs.

The Center Of Anna Maria Island, 407 Magnolia Avenue, Anna Maria

The Center Of Anna Maria Island, 407 Magnolia Avenue, Anna Maria

For the Tour Of homes, The Center holds a bazaar, with original arts and crafts for sale and auction, in addition to a raffle to win a handmade quilt created by the Eyeland Needlers (tickets $1). Food and refreshments are available from vendors.

Free parking is available at Crosspointe Fellowship Church located at 8605 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.

Park and Ride at the Crosspointe Fellowship Church

Park and Ride at the Crosspointe Fellowship Church

You are encouraged to bike, shuttle bus, ride The Center van, or take volunteers’ complimentary golf cart rides to the Tour of Homes locations as street parking is limited.

Real-time traffic conditions on island bridges and roads are available at:
http://www.localconditions.com/weather-bradenton-florida/34215/traffic.php

Weather conditions can be found at:
https://www.wunderground.com/weather/us/fl/anna-maria/KFLANNAM2

Hazardous Waste and E-Scrap Collection

Anna Maria Island residents in Holmes Beach, Bradenton Beach, and Anna Maria City can dispose of household hazardous waste at a collection station to be set up Saturday, Jan 27, 2018, by Manatee County. Hours will be 9am – 3pm on the Gulf side parking lot of Coquina Beach Park.

Coquina Beach, Manatee County E-Scrap Hazardous Waste Collection

Coquina Beach, Manatee County E-Scrap Hazardous Waste Collection

Accepted items include:

  • Solvents, paints, household chemicals, pesticides, oil
  • Ammunition, flares, propane tanks, batteries, fluorescent lamps
  • Mercury containing devices, computer components, televisions, copiers
  • Video and audio equipment, and small household appliances

Unacceptable items include:

  • Radioactive items such as smoke detectors
  • Bio-hazard materials such as needles

For more information call Manatee County Utilities Operations Department at 941-798-6761
mymanatee.org/hhw or mymanatee.org/escrap

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2018 Household Hazardous Waste E-Scrap Special Collections

2018 Household Hazardous Waste E-Scrap Special Collections

2018 Household Hazardous Waste E-Scrap Special Collections