"Anna Maria Island -
a seven-mile slip of cushy white sand tucked in the Gulf of Mexico..." NY Times

Local island to be featured on TV, offers businesses advertising opportunity

Dec. 2012 | By Summer Smith | Bay News 9

ANNA MARIA ISLAND - Soon, the beautiful beaches and businesses located on and near Anna Maria Island will be seen nationwide. Recently, the Destination Guide, a video and TV production company that travels city to city looking for the best places to eat, sleep, and drink, came to town. "We were told they particularly wanted Tradewinds to be featured because it's the old Florida look," said David Teitelbaum, owner of Anna Maria Island Resorts. The Destination Guide is featuring the Tradewinds Beach Resort, Jose's Real Cuban food in Cortez, Minnie's Beach Cafe, the Bridge Tender and the Back Porch, while asking viewers to vote for the "area favorite." Read article here...

50% discount on any room

The Destination Guide film crew

Would you like a 50% discount on any room at Tradewinds Resort? The Destination Guide film crew will be onsite Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012, and fans willing to participate are eligible for the discount - no minimum stay required. Participants will be interviewed on camera and filmed relaxing by the pool and enjoying the beach. Call any of our agents to book your room (941.779.0010).

trip advisorAMI has ‘hot ticket’ for summer tourism

July, 2012 | By Rick Catlin | Islander Reporter

If the good weather that followed the passage of Tropical Storm Debby remains through late August, expect an abundance of visitors to Anna Maria Island, says Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce president Mary Ann Brockman. “If we don’t get a storm like Debby, it’s going to be a great summer season, better than last year,” Brockman predicted. “There’s been nothing but good news from the rental agents and owners. Tourism to the Island has not slowed down since a brief spell in May. Usually, June tourism is slow, but not this year,” she said. Read article here...

trip advisorBB P&Z approves 3 resort beer-wine applications

July, 2012 | By Mark Young | Islander Reporter

The Bradenton Beach Planning and Zoning Board met June 28 for the first time since four members resigned in May after an April decision to deny the city’s joint development agreement with the BeachHouse Restaurant pitted the commission against the P&Z. Read article here...

Best Florida Destinations for Families

Family Circle Magazine, April, 2012 - By Ellen Parlapiano
Anna Maria Island ranked #5 this year in the to 10. Special mention of Tortuga Inn Beach Resort! Read entire article...

Upswing in tourism seen as local economy’s savior

Bradenton Herald | January 9th, 2012 | By JOSH SALMAN

MANATEE -- Hospitality businesses throughout the Suncoast believe a strong peak tourism season will turn the tide on the recession. And with so much riding on this season, a few slow months could prove devastating. But tourism-driven businesses in Manatee and Sarasota say 2011 closed on a solid note, and they’re predicting even better numbers for 2012. Read article here...

Unpretentious and relaxing Gulf island shines as Florida’s “undiscovered” gem.

AAA Motorist Nov - Dec Article

FEW THINGS TURN heads faster than a secret that’s about to be revealed. Brace yourself (or your neck, at least), because here’s one AAA can’t keep to itself: It’s Anna Maria, a tiny gem of an island untarnished by the crowds that regularly descend upon Florida’s other Gulf Coast jewels.
AAA invites you to fully indulge in the Anna Maria experience — 5 nights of carefree comfort (and comforts like free long-distance calls in the USA) at Tradewinds, a charmingly cozy Old Florida–feel resort. Read article here...

trip advisor

2011 - Fall Issue | By AURELIE RESCH

“Please, please, make this destination a quiet retreat in paradise.” I kept repeating this to myself as I drove across the Skyway Bridge. I had had quite a frantic life (but who doesn’t?) over the past months and the last thing I needed was another bubbling and noisy beach destination. As I drove onto the Manatee River Bridge, I gazed at the sun in the pink sky. A light breeze wrinkled the calm surface on the water below. No heavy traffic on the road as I turned left on Gulf Drive. No frenzy on the sidewalks and on the terraces. Just a casual atmosphere among pedestrians and seasonal visitors. I released some tension and started to breathe normally. Read article here...

parents magazine
The 10 Best Beaches for Families: 2011
Find out which waterside escapes are real gems for families.

ByKaren Cicero - Parents Magazine- March 10, 2011
7. Coquina Beach Park, Bradenton, Florida. This beach, on the southern tip of Anna Marie Island, near Sarasota, is famous for "coquinas," colorful mini seashells. Click to view.

Tourism Increases in Manatee County

By Grace Gagliano - Bradenton Herald - March 10, 2011
ANNA MARIA ISLAND - Christy Krauss took a look at the spring reservations at her family-owned Holmes Beach resort this week. The reservation schedule through April at Island Garden Villas shows exactly what Krauss wanted to see. Click to view.

Tortuga awards wedding contest prize

The Islander - March 2, 2011
The winners of an Island resort Seashells Wedding Bells Win-A-Wedding Contest are Beverly Slimer and Jared Lussier of Tampa. The couple attended the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce’s Island Wedding Festival Feb. 26-27, and received their prize basket during a poolside party at Tortuga Inn in Bradenton Beach Feb. 26. Click to view.

Studio 10 gets VERTICAL!

Leslie Joy Ickowitz has great things to say about Tradewinds Resort... check this out!
Video: Join the Stellar Society!

Try Tortuga Inn and Tradewinds for wedding parties

AMI Sun article, 02/16/2011
Look no further if you want a beach-to-bay resort for a large wedding party, anniversary or family reunion. The award-winning Tortuga Inn Beach Resort and Tradewinds Resort offer luxurious apartments with heated swimming pools, private beach, fishing docks and boat slips on Sarasota Bay. The two resorts can accommodate up to 450 guests in a variety of tropically furnished configurations. Read entire article...

A Florida Secret

North American Travel Journalalists Association
Favorite place to stay – The jointly owned and managed Seaside Inn Beach Resort, Tradewinds Resort and Tortuga Inn Beach Resort
Admittedly this is a tough one given the multitude of other outstanding accommodations – some more upscale and larger and some more rustic and simple. So while I have enjoyed other locations, this stands out for several reasons. Mostly it is a bargain in that you get very clean, very neat and comfortable lodgings with effectively used spaces and none of the bells and whistles a family or couple might not need or want to pay for – an excellent value. These beach front lodges are surprisingly isolated and devoid of crowds even in peak season while not far from anything. Click to view.

Vertical Tampa Bay

PHOTOGRAPHY - SUSAN JEFFERS - Published with permission from VERTICAL Tampa Bay
LA ISLA BONITA – Summer issue photo shoot at Tradewinds Resort . Click to view.

In One Hour - Retreat Mind, Body & Soul

By Leslie Joy Ickowitz - Published with permission from VERTICAL Tampa Bay
Anna Maria Island - Read full article.

Destination Weddings & Honeymoons Magazine

Anna Maria Island Wedding Festival - March 19, 2010
A few weeks ago, I was fortunate enough to attend the third annual Anna Maria Island Wedding Festival on Florida’s Gulf Coast. We stayed at the charming Tortuga Inn Beach Resort — situated right along the intracoastal waterway and across the street from a private beach. Read full article...

Robert E. Hunt Beautification Award

TeitelbaumJanuary 26th, 2010
The Image Manatee Committee is proud to present the 20th Annual Robert E. Hunt Beautification Award to the Tortuga Inn Beach Resort. Tortuga Inn Beach Resort is a beach-to-bay luxury resort conveniently located on Anna Maria Island. In 2003, David Teitelbaum acquired the resort and over the next six years, totally repositioned, renovated, and refurbished the property. The resort includes six unique buildings of hotel rooms and suites nestled within lush landscaping and swaying palms. With its tropical charm, and scenic sunsets, Tortuga Inn truly embodies island vacationing. Whether it’s relaxing at the sparkling gulf-side sundeck and pool or fishing off the private dock overlooking Sarasota Bay and the Intercoastal, the property at Tortuga Inn Beach Resort is a friendly little paradise found right here in Manatee County. Read the Herald Tribune article here...

ami sun
Teitelbaum honored by peers

by Tom Vaught - Sun Staff Writer - November 11, 2009
David Teitelbaum is a busy man. He runs three resorts in Bradenton Beach, serves on the Manatee County Tourism Development Council and he’s organizing an Island-wide effort to raise money to keep the trolleys free to riders. All that hard work has paid off this year as the Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island named him the Anna Maria Island Businessperson of the Year at the Island Chamber of Commerce Installation Banquet on Monday, Nov.9...
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In the Gulf, enough islands to match any personality

by Andrea Sachs - Washington Post - November 8, 2009
If I were a brown pelican, flying high above the Gulf Islands of Florida, I imagine that I would see thin strips of land trimmed in white, surrounded by water as clear and blue as the cloudless sky above.. Tortuga Inn was featured in their article. Read full article...

"Best of the World" List - World’s 14 Best Islands

by Chris - Islands Magazine - November, 2009
Islands Magazine selected ANNA MARIA ISLAND as "THE WORLD'S BEST QUAINT ISLAND" - in it's November, 2009 LIST OF THE WORLD'S BEST 14 ISLANDS. Tortuga Inn Beach Resort was chosen as it's favorite resort on Anna Maria Island. Read full article...

ISLANDS Magazine
Business is booming on Anna Maria Island

by Andrea Sachs - Bay News Nine - September 6, 2009
MANATEE COUNTY (Bay News 9) -- At a time when the national economy is taking it's toll on locally owned businesses, some businesses on Anna Maria Island are showing an increase in revenue. Anna Maria Island has long been a place to get away, but businesses on the island say visitors just can't get enough. Read full article...

New York Times
A Florida Island, End to End, Table by Table

By CINDY PRICE | July 26, 2009 | New York Times Choice Tables
FLORIDA is a clever little peninsula. Just when you think you’ve seen everything under its proverbial sun, you stumble across a place like Anna Maria Island — a seven-mile slip of cushy white sand tucked in the Gulf of Mexico where you can dump the car, rent a bike, swim in smooth, teal waters and eat remarkably well. Read full article...

A Date & Destination to Remember

Southern Bride Midsouth Magazine | Romantic Destinations
One notable Inn is the SeaSide Inn Beach resort in Bradenton Beach, with one of the best private beach locations on the island. The SeaSide Resort is an intimate charming inn with cozy beach front rooms or two and three bedroom studios complete with kitchenettes. All rooms have private patios over-looking the gulf and an unobstructed view of the magnificent sunset with access to lounge chairs, umbrellas and grills. Once you check-in you won't want to check-out.
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Trolley appears fare-free for another year

By Rick Catlin and Lisa Neff | Islander Reporters - July 8th, 2009
Manatee County administrator Ed Hunzeker agreed with Island mayors June 28 to keep the trolley fare-free, while at the same time endorsing a "Save Our Trolley" campaign proposed by Island businessman David Teitelbaum.
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Southern Living Magazine
Island spring break is family affair

By Rick Catlin - The Islander - April 2009
Don´t look now, but Anna Maria Island could be over-run with spring breakers this week and next. Islanders and beach goers, however, can rest easy. Spring breakers on Anna Maria Island are not the same spring break crowd that over-runs Panama Beach, Clearwater Beach, South Beach and Daytona Beach at this time of year, Island accommodation owners and managers say. Read full article...

Southern Living Magazine
Beach Magic

By Wanda McKinney - Southern Living - March 2009
The motto of Florida's Anna Maria Island says it all: "Welcome to paradise without an attitude." Our Insider's guide helps you make it your own slice of heaven. Read full article...

USA Today
The 'Old Florida' feel of Anna Maria Island

By Kitty Bean Yancey, USA TODAY
ANNA MARIA ISLAND, Fla. ­ "Please be sweet and rinse your feet," hand-painted signs over troughs of water outside rooms at the beachfront, 23-unit Cedar Cove Resort & Cottages gently urge. Tanned owner Eric Cairns makes his rounds in Jimmy Buffet-style tropical shirts and oversees the resort's "Queen for Your Stay" program, in which the name of a lucky woman staying a week or more is picked from a hat. She gets a crown, massage and other royal perks during her visit. Read full article...

County benefits from publicity

By Dale White | Saturday, March 21, 2009
MANATEE COUNTY - The power of favorable publicity is giving motels and other tourist-related businesses on Anna Maria Island and the Manatee County half of Longboat Key a shot of financial adrenaline. Read full article...

Blog Article About Anna Maria Island

By Chris Tauber - Managing Editor of Island Magazine - 06/09/2008
I'm fresh back from a very relaxing, if too short, weekend getaway to Florida's Gulf Islands -- Anna Maria and Longboat Key, just off the coast of Bradenton. The trip was to help research the annual ISLANDS Romantic Retreats issue, out this January. I was looking for an affordable island escape that my wife and I could enjoy without getting on a plane.
Read full article...

What recession? Island attracting bevy of spring break tourists.

ANNA MARIA ISLAND ­ A full-blown recession doesn´t appear to be keeping beachgoers from heading to Anna Maria Island to celebrate another spring break. Read full article...

A sound investment - Hike bed tax to boost tourism industry

Thanks to great exposure in magazines and newspapers, Anna Maria Island remains strong as a tourist destination. And businesses on the entire island are profiting, too. Old Florida´s a romantic and easy sell, attractive to people weary of condo and hotel towers and throngs of sun worshippers cluttering many of the state´s beaches. Read full article...

National publicity sparks interest in Island

By Cindy Lane | sun staff writer - Jan 4, 2009
Vacationers longing for a laid-back, old-time Florida beach vacation during the holidays found it on Anna Maria Island, courtesy of USA Today, Baltimore Magazine and the Internet. Read full article...

Blog: Because I said so… Anna Maria Trip Tik Day One

A Hidden Island
Anna Maria on Florida's West Coast promises a sunny escape for the winter weary.

By Suzanne Loudermilk
Definitely come here for the sunsets, but plan to stay for the sunrises, too. Anna Maria Island­a wisp of a seven-mile island along Florida's West Coast­is a place that revels in the end of day. Read entire article.

Tampa Bay News
Resort owner installs blue film to help turtles

Saturday, January 3, 2009
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USA Today
Laid Back Low-Cost Florida

by Kitty Bean Yancey
Been looking for a place that's low cost, unpretentious and fun? Read entire article...

Herald Express
Anna Maria Island in "The Herald Express"

January 23, 2009
Read entire article.

Bay Area News
In One Hour

By Leslie Joy Ickowitz
In one hour, which is how long it takes to get to Anna Maria Island by car from Tampa, we cross water eight times. Eight times! And one of those times is a breezy excursion over the soaring Sunshine Skyway. Read entire article.

Tortuga Inn Beach Resort. Old Florida Charm & Old Florida Style.

eCity of Article by Ken Panton
Nearly a well-kept secret Florida's Gulf Islands, including Anna Maria Island and Long Boat Key, have been a winter haven for those in the know. Read entire article.


Saturday November 29,2008
I was only an hour’s drive from Tampa but it felt like I had entered a different world: an island paradise of cozy, clapboard guesthouses, endless white-sand beaches and family-run restaurants. Read entire article...

Islands Magazine Visit
Chris Tauber with Islands magazine visited us recently. Read what he had to say on his blog:
Islands Magazine Blog

Check out the video footage below from Chris Tauber's visit:

Holmes Beach celebrates 60 years at Founder’s Day

HOLMES BEACH – Mayor Rich Bohnenberger welcomed guests celebrating the 60th anniversary of the city’s incorporation and the third annual Founder’s Day on Friday at city hall.

Guests mingled in the city hall lobby telling stories of the past and enjoying historic photos, while a quartet from the Anna Maria Island Chorus and Orchestra played in the commission chamber.

At the program’s start, the American Legion Color Guard posted the colors, Margaret Smelser led the group in the national anthem and Carol Saggau offered a prayer.

“What makes our city great is the citizen participation,” Bohnenberger told the group as he prepared to announce the Community Partners award, which recognizes individuals and organizations that have contributed to the quality of life in the city.

This year’s award was presented to the Anna Maria Island Privateers and Bohnenberger noted, “For 39 years, this organization has worked to benefit the children of the community.”

Following the presentation, city officials and members of the AMI Chamber of Commerce cut the ribbon on the new restroom by the skate park that was built with a donation from Rex Hagen.

Island flocks to Parrothead Dance

BRADENTON BEACH – Jimmy Buffett take note: you might want to be out our way next year when we hold our next Parrothead dance. Not because it bears your brand, but because if you’re not there, you’re missing a great time.

More than 300 people paid $10 each to enjoy hors d’oeuvre in the Anna Maia Island Community Center’s auditorium along with a cash bar featuring beer, wine and margaritas and $2 Cheeseburgers in Paradise and most of those people came to dance.

Dan Mobley played some of Buffett’s tunes and then Island Idol third-place winner David Teitelbaum sang. He did a great impression of Elvis while singing “Can’t Help Falling in Love.”

Taylor Zebracki, who won a karaoke contest recently at the Sandbar restaurant, also sang and the female winner of the Island Idol contest in association with the Real Florida Festival, Katie Greenwood, gave a spirited rendition of several songs.

After that, DJ and singer Mike Sales took over a got the crowd out on the dance floor. When he played “Macarena,” the crowd followed along, then he got two volunteers to bring out the limbo pole and everyone went under it. He introduced another song and told them to form a conga line, which snaked through the huge auditorium. The crowd formed the letters with their arms during “YMCA” and before long, the crowd was cheering after each song and there were more dancers than people sitting at their tables.

If you’ve ever been in a conga line at any past or present Anna Maria Island nightspot, you’ll want to come back next year because the Parrothead dance is slated to return.

“I’ve already booked it for next year because it had a great turnout and the crowd had so much fun,” said Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce Special Events Coordinator Susanne Arbannis. “The best part for me was to see everybody get up and move.”

Real Florida Festival Organizer David Teitelbaum said that he was impressed that the Chamber and the Community Center worked so well together. “This is the first time the two groups have worked on a project together and it was an obvious success,” he said. “A lot of people said that they had never been to the Community Center before, so it shows that we could attract a lot of people who don’t normally come to events there.” Sales said it was gratifying to see a crowd enjoy themselves.

“It was the right music for the right group and they had a ball,” Sales said. “I fed off their energy and picked the music I thought they would enjoy and they did.”

Arbannis said she would announce the date of next year’s dance later, after they iron out the details.

Island rallies for free trolley rides

The first annual Real Florida Festival has come and gone, and it was a weekend that featured something for just about everybody from one end of the Island to the other.

It began with the Holmes Beach Founder’s Day celebration at city hall and a daylong festival in the adjacent field.

Inside city hall, the Anna Maria Island Concert Chorus and Orchestra provided the music for the 60th anniversary of Holmes Beach as Mayor Rich Bohnenberger introduced former mayors and outstanding citizens and visitors looked over the historical photos and news stories on display. The action moved to the field at 5 p.m., where music prevailed as the crowd looked at arts and crafts, enjoyed food and drink and the Island Idol contestants performed. Katie Greenwood won first place with lively performances of Patsy Cline and Janis Joplin songs. Chip Ragsdale took second with an original song about Anna Maria Island, and David Teitelbaum took third with songs made popular by Neil Diamond and Dean Martin. On Saturday, skateboarders took to the nearby skate park for a competition of talented kids 6 to 18 years old, sponsored by the city of Holmes Beach, West Coast Surf Shop and Six Third Productions.

The arts and crafts festival began again at 9:30 a.m. with live musical performances, food and drink and shopping for unique items. The Community Center took on a Margaritaville look starting at 6 p.m. at the Parrothead Dance hosted by the AMI Chamber. Those who paid the $10 entry fee got free hors d’oeuvres from the Sandbar, The Sun House, Island Gourmet and Rotten Ralph’s restaurant. The Chamber sold $2 Cheeseburgers in Paradise."The venue moved Sunday to Bradenton Beach, where gray skies and a misty rain kept some people away for the morning run/walk on the beach. Only five people signed up, two of them on vacation. They decided to enter when they read about the event in The Sun.

Rich Medema, of Elmhurst, Ind., took first place in the run with Dana Snell, from Bradenton, coming in second and Keith Grabill, of Midland, Mich., coming in third. The walkers were Steve Huneke, of Bradenton, in first place; his wife, LeAnne, in second; and Frank Burberry, of Danville, Ky., in third.

Bridge Street was dressed up with outdoor vendors in tents selling everything from souvenirs and arts and crafts to green products and services in honor of Earth Day. The mist continued until about 11:30 a.m. when it got heavier, forcing the band Hwy 41 to pack up or risk damaging its equipment. One of the two kayak dealers offering free kayak demos failed to appear and nobody had tried a kayak by noon. The bad weather did force cancelation of some activities, but those who stuck it out were rewarded when the skies cleared Sunday afteroon.

Organizer David Teitelbaum said he felt the three-day event had gone far to increase public awareness of the trolleys and to raise money for non-profit organizations and to keep the trolleys on the Island fare-free as the county deals with the loss of grant money that kept them free for the past several years.

“We’ll assess what we did and make some changes for next year,” he said. “All in all, I thought it was a great weekend, and I thank everybody who helped put it on and those who attended.”

An All Island ~ All Weekend Event

The Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce is putting our finishing touches on our 1st Annual Real Florida Festival scheduled for April 16,17 and 18th 2010. This is a 3 day, 3 city fun packed event with may activities to choose from. An all-island celebration of our rich folk heritage and the relaxed way of life we’re famous for. This is a place that really knows how to have a good time! The proceeds from the Real Florida Festival will go toward supporting our much-needed and highly valued community service programs, which includes saving our famous Anna Maria Island Trolleys and keep them free charge. Save The

We’ve planned a full schedule of fabulous things for you and your family to see and do, with exciting events and programs for people of all ages, beginning Friday, April 16th and lasting through Sunday evening, April 18th. If you’re a resident or local friend, you already know that Anna Maria Island is the perfect place for a weekend party! And if you’re a visitor to our sunny shores, you’re just a friend we haven’t met! Come experience for yourself what the Real Florida is all about! See you at the Festival! Real Florida

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