I apologize, I have not made it out to the gorgeous white sugar sand beaches of Anna Maria Island all week to show how wonderful our beaches continue to remain. So I have no video at this time but will plan to grab some in the next few days. If you have recently visited Anna Maria Island continue to comment on our post and if you have any pictures or video please share.
The past two nights I have attended Anna Maria Community meetings regarding discussions revolving around our communities readiness in the unlikely event we see oil. Tonight Anna Maria Island community leaders, politicians, a Dr. at the Mote Marine Laboratory and a life-long commercial fisherman Karen Bell spoke to a large group of individuals at the Anna Maria Community center. As we all know, our beaches remain open and beautiful with no impact from the BP oil spill.
What remains clear is no one knows for sure what impact will be on the sea life in the Gulf of Mexico. What is clear is no one knows for sure where oil will wash up. What is clear is our beautiful white sand beaches of Anna Maria Island remain open and beautiful and for the next several weeks that will continue to be the case.
I will post our meeting minutes from this evening and one resource I have not touched on in the past is the Mote Marine Aquarium. The Mote Aquarium is a great scientific resource for Gulf Coast updates. One important resource among many that they provide is daily updates of our Anna Maria Beaches. That’s right, in the morning and afternoon the Mote Marine laboratory has arranged for lifeguards to report conditions at several beaches in the area. One of which is Anna Maria Island. Let me take you through the buttons to hit to get to the page which provides the two daily updates.
Click Here – Take note of the buttons to the upper left and depress “Southwest”, then depress “Manatee”, you will then see on the right hand map a green bubble on Anna Maria Island. Click that bubble once and the latest update will be provided. The update shows the time, date of the last update, rip current, surf height and yes, oil impacts. Of course we are free of any oil on our beaches.