We live in paradise! And yes, even in paradise we can have an issue or two. For the past several weeks we have been dealing with red-tide and algae issues in the State of Florida! The Gulf Coast has been hit hard, but it’s not all gloom and doom. Life is still pretty good! There have been lots of negative press about our home and it’s time to let the world know that we are alive and well! A group of business owners, restaurant owners, county and state officials have gotten together in our area and have been meeting to discuss ways to get the word out that we are open for business and there are some great deals out there for everyone.
Restaurants and other businesses are offering great discounts for locals and tourists alike and are helping to spread the word. The list (it’s growing and updated every day) includes Swordfish Grill & Tiki, Darwin Brewing, Bunny & Pirates, Waterfront Restaurant, Cortez Kitchen, Anna Maria Oyster Bar, Chiles Group Restaurants, Dry Dock, Gecko’s, Anna Maria Oyster Bar, Gulf Coast Fence, Captain Morgan Charters, Anna Maria Island Vacations, Visit A Paradise Realty, Sande Caplin & Associates, Inn Real Life, Harrington House, Coastal Marine Canvas, Beach House Restaurant,, Mar Vista, Sato Real Estate, Killer Bait, Center of Anna Maria, Sand Bar Restaurant, Manatee County Convention & Visitors Bureau, and Visit Florida.
The group has contacted many of our county, state and federal officials asking for help and support which include Congressman Vern Buchanan, Senator Bill Galvano, Manatee County Commissioner Carol Whitmore, Mayor John Chappie of Bradenton Beach, Manatee County Commissioner- Steve Jonsson, Visit Florida President- Ken Lawson, and others.
A couple of great deals this weekend include:
Tonight, Friday 8/17 – a new local business, Bunny & Pirates located at 12404 Cortez Road West, Cortez would like to invite you over Friday evening. KoKo Ray & Karma are playing live in our Beer Garden. They are offering $1 off drinks from 8-11 when you mention Bunny Ears!
Sunday, 8/19 – SUNDAY FUNDAY BRUNCH at Anna Maria Oyster Bar on the Pier in Bradenton Beach, 10 am – 2pm. They will be offering 50% off all food items and Happy Hour Pricing for bar.
All Weekend, The Swordfish Grill and Tiki in Cortez will be having live music, drink and food specials.
Go out to eat! Enjoy our beautiful beaches! It’s off-season and it’s spectacular!
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