Here it is, mid summer, and we still are enjoying our daily walks over to the beach. Most of us who live on Anna Maria Island are able to walk to the beach. It is wonderful not to have to drive. The island is so narrow at the south end that the beach is never more than three or four blocks away. Farther north, the island widens and the walk increases by a few more blocks. But the only areas from which a walk to the beach would take more than just a few minutes are Key Royale and the neighborhoods near Galati Marine at the southeast end of the City of Anna Maria.
Our house is exactly a half mile from the beach. We usually make that walk and then continue along the beach, toward the setting sun before we turn and head home. The beach part of the walk is spectacular every evening. Tonight the beach was particularly wide, and the sand looked smooth and white. The temperature was extremely pleasant—amazing for mid August! The water reflected the pink/orange glow from the low sun. There was almost nobody on the beach. This is the kind of “paradise” experience for which people travel long distances. How lucky we are to be able to walk to it.
If you have had enough pancakes in the the last few days at St Bernard’s and the Firefighters events, head over to the Key Royale Club on Tuesday, February 12 for the Annual Rally for the Cure Tournament.
This event is to support the Susan G Komen for the Cure Foundation, which invests in breast cancer research.
Golfers must register and check in by 8:30 am. There is no set fee to play but donations are appreciated.
For more information call Cindy Miller at 941-778-7830
Holmes Beach Police and West Manatee Fire Rescue responded to a 911 call from Milton Simmons, who had discovered a body by the edge of the water at the 650 block of Key Royale Drive where he was checking stone crab traps.
Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office detectives and a medical examiner later identified the body as Dustin Benson, 19, of Palm Harbor (north of St. Petersburg).