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Guy Harvey

Anna Maria Elementary Makes History with Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation

Our special “Little School by the Bay” just got a lot more special with an exciting announcement. Locally, you can see many people doing Guy Harvey designs on their clothes year-round but now, our Anna Maria area just gained an even closer connection with the famous artist. Collaboration and common interests lead to the first-ever Guy Harvey Academy of Arts and Sciences at Anna Maria Elementary.

The School District of Manatee County announced their partnership with the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation (GHOF) to establish the Guy Harvey Academy of Arts and Science at Anna Maria Elementary School (AME). The academy, named for the world-renowned wildlife artist, conservationist and businessman, will focus on marine sciences, conservation and the arts.

What does that mean for AME? The same little school we’ve all known to love and support over the many years is just adding another layer to the hands-on world-class education it offers students. The collaboration between the district and GHOF will begin this school year with development of a K-5 curriculum that will include a special aquarium to be installed at the school for the program, and accompanying art components. Students who finish the program will receive a certificate of completion from the academy.

On the partnership, Manatee County Superintendent Cynthia Saunders said “It is a goal of our school district to bring innovative educational opportunities to our students to expand their career and life possibilities. It’s been a genuine pleasure to work with Dr. Harvey and everyone associated with his ocean foundation to make this academy a reality.”

Guy Harvey

Dr. Harvey earned high honors in Marine Biology at Aberdeen University in Scotland and obtained a Doctorate in Fisheries Management at the University of West Indies. His vivid and colorful artwork has earned international prestige and is viewed in art galleries, exhibits, stores and adorns a wide array of popular products including apparel. You can even pick up a variety of Dr. Harvey’s unique designs at many of our local shops and boutiques!

In a thoughtful recorded statement, Dr. Harvey and his daughter Jessica Harvey, expressed their avid support for the academy. Jessica Harvey is an Environmental Conservationist and Co-Chair of the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation. They have both been searching for the right fit for an opportunity like this and AME fit just right for their goals to educate, empower, and inspire.

Doug Evans, Chief Philanthropy Officer for the GHOF was at the School Board meeting in Bradenton Tuesday evening when the Board approved the agreement for the academy.

“I don’t think there could possibly be a better fit for the very first Guy Harvey Academy of Arts and Science than Anna Maria Elementary,”

We are so proud of the staff at Anna Maria Elementary who eagerly sought this advancement and for the teams that came together to make it happen. We know that this will only further positively impact our local community, environment, and cause a ripple effect of care.

Anna Maria Elementary always welcome school-choice students, transfers, and “hardship” students with open arms. While the school has historically been the go-to public school for the many kids growing up on the island, they’re seeing even more children coming from neighboring towns to AME. So, if you live on the mainland and are just looking for a more individualized education in a warm environment for your child with an emphasis on marine biology, environmentalism, and the arts — reach out to see how your child can benefit from this exciting collaboration.

Congrats, Anna Maria Elementary! Welcome to the neighborhood, Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation!

Photos from School District of Manatee County

Happy Hour

Our Kind Of Happy Hour: Giving Back

What makes Anna Maria Island truly paradise isn’t the soft white sand, crystal-clear water, or year-round tropical climate… it’s the wonderfully kind people in this community. While the beaches are definitely our “love at first sight” feature, once you get to know the people who make up this island, AMI will really warm your heart. We are so blessed to live on the Gulf Coast and we are always eager to take part in the many local charity events and initiatives that make this island so special.

Happy Hour

That’s made evident in our many initiatives throughout the year — from advocating for sea turtle and shorebird protections, to collecting goodies for animal shelters during Santa Paws, our annual Toys for Tots drive, supporting the local elementary schools and community center, to participating in the Chili-Cook-Off, to much more. If it’s a way for us to bring some goodness to this area, we’re in.

Recently, we had the opportunity to support our most unique philanthropic event yet. This one went a little bit further than our Anna Maria, Bradenton, Ellenton, or Sarasota areas… It was time to think globally. This initiative was to support the recently war-torn country of Ukraine.

When we heard the wonderful folks at our Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island and local restaurant Slicker’s Eatery would be hosting a fundraiser to help support Ukrainian refugees, we knew we wanted to support in the best way we could: hosting our own “We Can for Ukraine” Happy Hour fundraiser. There are few things our team loves more than gathering together for a good time and a good cause… and that’s just what we did! Our Director of Marketing, Sharon Hoatland, started brainstorming and the rest of our rockstar team was just as eager to hop on board and make a difference.

Slicker’s Eatery was packed with our team members, business partners, and strangers-turned-friends. Over a couple of weeks we put together a YETI Cooler filled with cheer and had giveaways, complimentary drinks, raffles, A Paradise koozies, and more. Tanya McCormick and Rick Fass played some great tunes and we got to meet some lovely Ukrainian people who had made their way to AMI as refugees. To hear their stories and gratitude for this initiative was further proof that every effort makes a difference.

We were honored to be able to present a check for $4,200 at the weekend’s “Concert for Peace” on behalf of the A Paradise time. The generosity of those who attended our Happy Hour event and supported throughout the week was truly awe-inspiring.

We believe in the power of our small and mighty community here in the Anna Maria area and we are always ready to take part of a worthy cause. Thank you to all who attended and for our wonderful team that is always eager to take part in so many charitable events throughout the busy year! We are so humbled and grateful. Do you know of a local charity event we should be a part of? Be sure to reach out! Giving back is a pillar of our A Paradise culture.

Photos by Brian Slicker and Molly Parry

Summer

Anna Maria Island Summer Bucket List Ideas

Sweet Summertime is here and our team at A Paradise wants to help you have the best summer ever. Of course, we can set you up in your dream beach vacation rental or help you relocate here to paradise anytime. If you’re just looking for some fun ways for your family to celebrate Summer creatively here, we’ve got you covered. Whether you’re a local to the Bradenton area or just spending some family vacation time on Anna Maria Island, we’ve got some AMI-specific additions for your Summer Bucket List.

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Jump in the water and play!

We know a beach trip is a given for your Summertime on AMI but how often do you let yourself dunk in and get your hair wet? When was the last time you went parasailing? What about kicking up your feet and floating? Let’s make this an all-in kind of Summer.

Get involved in a local cause

Think about what speaks to your heart. There are so many amazing local organizations, causes, and opportunities to make a difference. Maybe you want to learn how to help protect our sea turtles, or volunteer with the youth at The Center, or find ways to help local animal shelters. Even something as simple as picking up trash on your next beach walk will help make a difference in our local community and bring some extra sunlight to the sunny Summer days.

Find a shark’s tooth

Whether you’re an avid sheller, have an eye peeled for them anytime you’re on the shore, or have never even ventured to think about looking for shark’s teeth on the Anna Maria beaches. Try to spot a small, shiny, black shark’s tooth this Summer. It can really add some fun to your next shoreside stroll.

Ice Cream + Sunset

We know a true AMI Summer is never complete without some of our beautiful sunsets. Make it even sweeter by grabbing an ice cream cone and treating yourself to a delicious dessert and a breathtaking view!

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Send a postcard

It’s so easy to stay in touch these days with cell phones, texting, and social media. Take a few extra moments of thoughtfulness to send a postcard to a loved one! Yes, even if you’re local. It’s such an inexpensive and easy act that can really brighten someone’s day and their next mail-delivery day!

Catch some live music

There are so many fun and talented local musicians and bands! Plenty of local restaurants have live music nights posted daily/weekly on social media so ask around or check out your favorites. If you’re looking for some larger acts too there are some big venues not far away in Tampa and St.Pete!

Travel from one end of the island to the other

Hop on your bike or the trusted trolley just for the sake of the journey! Put on some of your go-to Summer tunes and take in all of the beautiful sights all the way from the North End of AMI near Bean Point to Coquina, or even all the way to Longboat if you’re on two wheels. There is so much goodness all over Anna Maria Island.

Visit somewhere new or new-to-you

No matter how many times you’ve been to AMI or if you’ve lived here your whole life, there is always something new to discover in the area this summer. Visit a newer local restaurant, something off-the-beaten-path, or one you’ve been meaning to try for a long time. Order something outside your ordinary and we’re sure you’ll be delighted!

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There’s our 8 suggestions for additions to your Summer plans list here in the Anna Maria area. We’re always so happy to chat to anyone about island suggestions so stop on in and see us or give us a call anytime if you’re looking for some more ideas. What else do you think is a must-do this Summer on the Gulf Coast? We’d love to be a part of your Best Summer Ever!

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Sea Turtle

What to Do: Sea Turtle Season on Anna Maria Island

It’s that time of year again! The magical nesting season experience for sea turtles stopping by our Anna Maria Island beaches. That, of course, means it’s our time to remind you of the vital parts we play in this and what you can do to ensure the safety of these important and irreplaceable animals. Sea turtles are under a steady threat, and much of it has to do with humans. We love to attract visitors to our Anna Maria Island vacation rentals to see the amazing sea turtles, but we treasure them and take this responsibility of residents on wild and wonderful land seriously.

Sea Turtle

Did you know about 90% of all sea turtles nesting in the United States take place right here in Florida? Sea turtles clearly play an important role in our marine ecosystems. Each sea turtle species uniquely affects the diversity, habitat, and functionality of its environment.

From May to October— Sea Turtles, visiting summer guests, and island residents share AMI and call this island home. It’s important that we all live in harmony together. Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring (AMITW) identified and marked six turtle nests in just the first week of nesting season, which runs through the end of October.

These nests are just the beginning; hundreds more are expected this year, which will result in tens of thousands of hatchlings. To maximize their chances of survival, the best thing to do is eliminate obstacles created by humans.

Checklist from AMI Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring:

– Lights out at 8 pm. Flashlights (and yes, including the lights on your cellphone) are strongly discouraged as they can disorientate nesting females and emerging hatchlings!

– Leave only your footprints! Of course, we want you to enjoy your time on the beach, but large holes and sandcastles are huge obstacles for our flippered friends. Nesting females can easily get stuck in a hole, and emerging hatchlings could easily get confused by a sandcastle. Please, please fill your holes before leaving the beach or fill any surrounding holes you may have seen left behind.

– Don’t trash where you splash! This one is year-round; always carry out what you carry in. Keep our beaches clean, and pick up trash.

Sea Turtle

– While boating, it’s a good idea to wear polarized sunglasses to see better into the water. Appoint a wildlife spotter on your boat to keep watch for sea turtles and manatees!

– Never approach sea turtles emerging from or returning to the sea. Our females are exhausted and have traveled thousands of miles to return home to nest. If you see a nest, please leave it be.

If you see people disturbing turtles, call the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s Wildlife Alert hotline at 888-404-FWCC (3922).

More info or to donate: HERE

Thank you for helping care for our sea turtle friends, community, and environment!

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Land

Best Way to Invest in Buying Land in Florida

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Want to make the move and put some roots down in Florida? We’ll cut right to the chase here: The housing market is pretty wild right now, and trying to find the right home for you in the right location can be daunting… Especially in the coveted Gulf Coast area. But, there are other ways to set your family up with some space in Florida for decades: Buy land!

If you’ve been looking for land for sale in Florida, we can certainly help. Through Florida’s diverse landscape, from beautiful flat properties to sunny and scenic beaches to picturesque wetlands and hardy pine forests, Florida is an ideal place to buy rural land. That said, excellent properties are out there for those with the patience and knowledge about what it takes to buy land in Florida. Not sure if it’s for you? We can help figure it out!

Whether you’re looking to build a ranch, farm, grove, or homestead — there are plenty of options! In fact, we have a whole team dedicated to it. Our experienced land company deals primarily with agricultural real estate. We also offer full acquisition services for the distinguished investor, large holding companies, developers, and agriculture clients.

Land

There are many benefits to buying in Florida you may not know about, especially in the Bradenton/Parrish/Sarasota areas. One of the largest industries in the state is agriculture, which has kept prices for agricultural land consistently solid, and because Florida is a recreationally-oriented state, land values along the coast and lakes has continued to remain strong.

A major plus of investing in land now is that Florida is growing and will continue to grow. If you have the opportunity to purchase in the hottest agriculture real estate state, it’s without question a worthy investment. If you choose the right piece of land, it can appreciate without taking any time out of your busy schedule. While some vacant land buyers make their purchase with the intent of cultivating farmland or building on it, make sure to consult with one of our land professionals on topics such as: Whether the land realistically suits your plans, which zoning laws may apply, and which agricultural and other tax breaks may apply.

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We know buying land is a big investment and can seem like an overwhelming commitment; that’s why the members of our team are well-versed and fully prepared to answer any and all questions you may have. We live and work in the Manatee and Sarasota County areas, so we want to make sure our neighbors are excited about the potential to become local landowners! There are so many opportunities available to you, and our team is ready to guide you in the right direction.

Check out our website for some of the beautiful properties available, and don’t hesitate to reach out.

Photos courtesy of Visit A Paradise

Village of the Arts

Visit Bradenton’s Village of the Arts

Whether you’re nursing a sunburn inside, want to avoid some beach traffic, or just want to experience a different part of the Anna Maria Island area— there’s always something to do on the Gulf Coast. Just a few miles inland from AMI is the city of Bradenton that has so much to offer. One of our personal favorite spots? The Village of the Arts, a colorful, fun, and eclectic neighborhood not far from Downtown Bradenton and Lecom Park.

Village of the Arts

This historic neighborhood is where artists and creatives alike come together to make our city a bit brighter and celebrate all of the beauty its residents have to offer. These colorful streets include over 275 individual properties and stretch from 9th Avenue West to 17th Avenue West between 9th Street West and 14th Street West. 

The unique cottages and bungalows themselves are cute enough to make a drive to see but the offerings inside many of them are just as exciting. In the Village of the Arts (VOTA) you can find everything from award-winning restaurants to specialty shops, studios, healing arts, bakeries and some of Bradenton’s best art galleries.

Village of the Arts

The Artists Guild of Manatee was formed in 1999 as a non-profit with a mission to build a community where artists live and work while enhancing quality of life and creating a harmonious environment. It really is something special, especially on their renowned “artwalk” days. You can join the VOTA community during their artwalks the first Friday night and Saturday afternoon of every month, where you’ll be greeted with live music, incredible food and unique indie art spanning every genre. At a VOTA artwalk you can get an excellent overview of the merchants in the area.

If you want to scope out your gameplan beforehand or can’t make an artwalk day, no worries! They have handy maps online you can check out here or just go on a leisure stroll and see for yourself. Even if you don’t have a particular destination in mind, we guarantee you’ll discover some surprisingly delightful art and incredibly friendly people. In the Village, there is beauty everywhere you look!

As always, you can chat with our experienced team of locals for their favorites at Village of the Arts! You really can’t go wrong with supporting our local eateries, artists, and creatives in the Bradenton area.

Photos courtesy of Village of the Arts

Vacation

Book Your Florida Coastal Vacation Early!

With life making its way back to normalcy and people craving travel and relaxation more than ever, Florida is becoming an even more popular vacation destination. That’s why it’s important to book your vacation rentals early, bid on that beachside home while you can, and most importantly: Do it with a local team you trust right here on Anna Maria Island at A Paradise.

Travel

At a recent Press Conference, the Governor and his team announced that Florida welcomed 30.9 million visitors between October and December 2021, marking the second consecutive quarter that overall visitation has surpassed 2019, pre-pandemic levels. Overall in 2021, Florida had nearly 118 million domestic visitors, the highest level in state history, as residents of other states flocked to Florida as a refuge from lockdown policies

Preliminary estimates from VISIT FLORIDA show that 29 million domestic visitors traveled to Florida in the fourth quarter of 2021, reflecting a 57% increase from the same period in 2020, and a 7% increase from 2019.

Vacation

With the demand for vacation rentals and secondary homes in the beachside bliss of Florida’s Gulf Coast rising, we want to make your vacation planning and home buying is as seamless as possible. While working with the A Paradise team for your rental or realty needs, we vow take excellent care of you because ultimately… We care about our community, a community we would love for you to be a part of.

When you work with our team or book through us, you are ensured: No scams, no tricks, no funny business. We will talk you through every question and concern, and find the perfect fit for you and your group whether you’re looking to visit, rent, or buy. We’ll give you peace of mind and a piece of paradise.

With the uptick in travel and trends continuing upward, the sooner you book the better. So, give us a call or look through our website and let’s make your Florida coastal dreams come true.

Main Office: 941-778-4800 | Fax: 941-778-7090 | Email: info@paradiserealty.com

Toll Free: (800) 237-2252

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Nightlife

Nightlife on Anna Maria Island

While our quaint 7-mile paradise on the Gulf Coast, Anna Maria Island, is known for its quiet simplicity and relaxing vibes… We also know how to cut a rug and have a good time! There are so many fantastic options to sip a drink, do some dancing, befriend some locals, or catch live music. In fact, you can find all of that and more at these nightlife spots we’re highlighting on Anna Maria or very close by! We also tried to mostly list places that are open past dinner hours. Alright, let’s get this island party started!

Nightlife

Casual and Classic

Our first suggestion has to go to our dear neighbors at Hurricane Hanks. In fact, if you’ve rented with us we’ve probably sent you to Hanks before— we love their team and their offerings! Some other casual and classic bars on Anna Maria we love are Slim’s Place, Duffy’s Tavern, and Freckled Fin Irish Pub. They all serve some of the very best pub food, too! Freckled Fin often has some great live music and the others are a go-to place to catch some sports on TV.

Bridge Street

Arguably the busiest area for nightlife on Anna Maria Island is along Bridge Street in Bradenton Beach. It has something for everyone! Everything from local dives (we’ll get to those below!) to frozen tiki drinks to family-friendly places to dance to live music. You can easily walk down Bridge Street and see what fits your night’s plans. Head to Daiquiri Deck for a sweet daiquiri, or stop in to Blue Marlin or Island Time for some delicious dinner and family-friendly dancing to live entertainment. Another mention, The Kokonut Hut is a bit further up in Bradenton Beach but is truly right on the beach!

Night Life

Crafty and Comfortable

This place is all about good vibes and great products. Slicker’s Eatery in Cortez is the place to try a fun craft cocktail (we recommend the Smoked Old Fashioned), sip some local beers, and try something from their fresh and eclectic menu. Slicker’s is quickly becoming known as a favorite place to have an exciting drink and some great laughs. They even make all of their syrups in-house with natural ingredients!

Upscale Ambiance

Want to start your night with some upscale ambiance and exciting cocktails? Check out The Doctor’s Office or The Waterfront Restaurant. They have some fun drink menus that really show off the skillset of their inventive bar staff. These are particularly great nightlife spots for a nice date night on AMI.

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Local Dives

To us, a “dive” is a term of endearment especially when talking about these local watering holes. When referencing the local-renowned DCoy Duck’s in Holmes Beach it has been said: “Wherever you start, this is probably where you’ll end up.” The same could be said for some other local favorite bars like Sports Lounge, Anchor Inn Pub, Tommy Knockers Saloon, Bortell’s Lounge. They each offer something different and are beloved and frequented by the locals for many years so definitely belly up to the bar and keep in mind you’re visiting a local stomping (and often) dancing ground!

Important things to keep in mind:

  • There is never an excuse to drink and drive, especially with how easy safe transportation is to find on the island. There is a free trolley that runs from 6am-11pm every day, but if you’re out past that there is always the Monkey Bus or Uber/Lyft rides are available as well! Check out our transportation tips here!
  • Almost ALL of the above suggestions have live music at some point so we recommend heading to their individual Facebook profiles or giving them a call for the most up-to-date entertainment offerings!

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Direct

Best Way To Plan Your Stay on AMI: Book Direct

These days there are countless ways to try and find a rental in any desired vacation destination. There are other national websites, booking platforms, apps, even social media. All it takes is a quick Google search of “Vacation Rentals on Anna Maria Island”. But, if you’re looking in a particularly popular vacation spot, it can be hard to know what to trust. That’s why it’s smart when booking your vacation rental in AMI, you book direct through a trusted local company.  Traditional rental management companies offer an established reputation and vetted rental properties. 

Here at A Paradise, we’re all longtime locals who love to work and play in the same place you’re heading to your vacation. We’re here to check on all of the properties, help you feel confident in your selection, and offer a local’s perspective on all the best suggestions.

It’s that personal connection we offer that really makes the biggest difference when searching for your perfect beach vacation rental. You can stop into our office or give us a call to talk to a real person in real time who will listen to your real wishes. A personalized service and first-hand recommendations that can give much more reassurance than just an app.

Even more than that, we know the houses we manage. We live in the area, and we care deeply about our community. We truly hope that everyone who visits falls in love with paradise like we have. To do so, we genuinely want to help people have the best vacations of their lives.

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That’s why we take great pride in being a trusted source to help your crew make memories on Anna Maria Island. We want to help you find the best vacation rental for your needs and wishes, at the best rate possible, with no crazy unseen service fees that don’t provide a service. We want to help you fall in love with the Gulf Coast area and get you in that perfect beach vacation rental you’ll want to return to for years to come.

Give us a call to get started: (800) 237-2252

Maintenance

Need Personalized Home Service? Call A Paradise Maintenance!

No better time to get your home in tip-top shape than now! We get it, you’re busy and not everyone has the knack to be their own handyman. If you’re tired of watching YouTube tutorials and spending twice as long to do something that a professional could knock out flawlessly and quickly, then our Maintenance Team is just a phone call away!

Our A Paradise Maintenance Team has highly-experienced professionals who are on-call to help serve the greater Anna Maria Island-Bradenton-Ellenton-Sarasota area with pretty much anything! No job is too small. We offer friendly, professional and personalized service to meet your needs with competitive pricing and excellent turn-around all over the Gulf Coast! Whether it be a paint job, pressure washing, or many renovation or repair services, we can definitely make the process easier for you!

Painting

A Paradise can provide you with quality home painting services at an affordable price. Whether you want an entire exterior paint job, or just a few interior rooms or touch-ups, our painters will freshen up your space!

Maintenance

Pressure Washing

We work well under pressure. We offer pressure washing services for homes, driveways, fencing and commercial buildings. You will be amazed at the difference a good pressure-washing can make!

Installations and Renovations

Our friendly team of professionals install ceiling fans and other fixtures in Manatee and Sarasota counties. We offer a variety of installation services for light fixtures, specifically. We can even run new wiring and install new switches for recessed lights. Residential flooring and wall tile replacement and installation services from experienced professionals.

Minor Plumbing and Repairs

Leaks? Dripping faucets? Minor plumbing services are available for residential plumbing woes such as drain cleaning, toilet repair, faucet and fixture replacement and more. We can repair or install new screen in your home’s screened enclosure or windows. Our experience patching drywall holes and painting means you only deal with one contractor.

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Carpentry

We always measure twice, cut once. We offer top-quality carpentry services for many types of woodworking and home repairs that require a professional craftsman. Our team provides cabinetry repairs, trim carpentry, framing and much more. 

Home Watch

It is so important to have peace of mind while you’re away. How else can you relax on vacation if you’re worried about what’s happening back at home? Our Home Watch services allow you to leave your home for months at a time knowing your home will be taken care of while you are away by a team you can trust.

Basically, we are happy to be a one-stop-shop for all maintenance and home needs! Have a need at your home? Our experienced Maintenance team would be happy to see what we can do to make the process as seamless, flawless, and stress-free as possible! Give us a call or fill-out our form so we can get it started! https://www.visitaparadise.com/home-maintenance/

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Holmes Beach Office

On Anna Maria Island
5201 Gulf Drive
Holmes Beach, Florida 34217
941-778-4800
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Ellenton Office

Located in Ellenton Plaza
945 25th Drive East
Ellenton, Florida 34222
941-729-2381

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