Local Utility Contacts

Local Utility Contacts

Utilities Contacts for Holmes Beach, Anna Maria City and Longboat Key:

MUSCD (Manatee County Utilities): 941-792-8811
Water and sewer

FPL (Florida Power and Light): 941-917-0708

SPECTRUM: 855-222-0102
Cable, Internet and phone

WASTE MANAGEMENT, trash service for Anna Maria City 941-753-7591

WASTE PRO, trash service for Holmes Beach 941-355-9600

Water, sewer and trash services

Back Alley Treasures – Coffee, Wine, Craft Beer, and Funky Treasures

Back Alley Treasures – Coffee, Wine, Craft Beer, and Funky Treasures

Get yourself a cup of coffee or an ice cold beer while you shop for local art and unique gifts to bring back home. Back Alley Treasures is a really cool bar and store located on Historic Bridge Street (across the street from the Fish Hole).

Really, this place is super funky and fun. Find art by local artists, jewelry, clothing, stained glass, etc. Everything in this place is colorful and fun. Even if you don’t buy anything, It’s a great place to get a drink and hangout. So bring family and friends to enjoy great drinks and company.

Speaking of drinks, they have tons to choose from. There are coffee drinks, smoothies, frozen lemonade, beer, and wine. Plus, you can make any of their smoothies or lemonades boozy, or ask for your coffee drink to be spiked. On one of our hot summer days, a frozen lemonade with a little (or a lot) of alcohol sounds pretty nice if you ask me.

Back Alley Treasures is open Monday – Saturday from 9AM – 8PM, and open Sunday from 9AM – 5PM.

Check them out Here. Let them know that Island Real Estate sent you.

108 Historic, Bridge St
Bradenton Beach, 34217

Say Hello to The Chateau Anna Maria – Holmes Beach Restaurant

Say Hello to The Chateau Anna Maria – Holmes Beach Restaurant

There are so many wonderful restaurants on Anna Maria Island. Lucky for us, in December 2020 we got The Chateau Anna Maria. The Chateau Anna Maria sits inside the Waterline Marina Resort, where Eliza Ann’s Coastal Kitchen once was.

The Chateau Anna Maria is actually owners Buddy Foy Jr., and his wife, Jennifer’s 2nd location, with the original situated on Lake George in New York. You might be familiar with the New York restaurant, as it has been featured on the Food Network TV show “Summer Rush”.

Sarasota Magazine did a review and gave the food and atmosphere both favorable recognition. When reviewing the restaurant’s extravagant seafood tower the writer says, “The flavors are perfect—just the clean, pure aroma of icy seawater on a cold, clear day.

The Chateau Anna Maria Menu

It is a French-inspired restaurant, that serves Italian-sized portions! The Chateau Anna Maria is open 7 days a week for lunch and dinner, and is open for Brunch as well on Saturdays & Sundays.

On the Brunch menu you can find mouth-watering dishes such as Crème Brûlée Pancakes and King Crab Benedict. For lunch they have mouth wateirng selections like Grilled Portobello Panini and Fish & Chips.

For dinner you will find Pan-Roasted Swordfish and Surf & Turf plus much more on the menu.  They also have a fabulous drink menu, with plenty of cocktails and wine options to choose from. View the full menu here.

Do You Need a Reservation? Is There a Dress Code?

If you are on AMI (or the local area) and want to try a new restaurant for date night, make a reservation here at The Chateau Anna Maria.  Reservations are not mandatory yet definitely recommended on weekends or holidays.

There is no fancy dress code at the Chateau Anna Maria, its Florida where flip flops and shorts are considered “dressed up”.  The atmosphere may be upscale but you don’t have to be!

Where to Stay on Anna Maria Island – Beautiful Vacation Rentals island real holmes beach rental

If you’re looking to come try The Chateau Anna Maria, or one of the island’s other fabulous restaurants, you’ll want to book an Anna Maria Island vacation rental so you have enough time to try all the delicious food the island has to offer. 

Island Real Estate has many beautiful Holmes Beach rentals, such as

You can search through all of our beach front rentals easily using our Florida vacation rental finder with an interactive map. Anna Maria Island is quaint enough that no matter where you choose to stay, The Chateau Anna Maria won’t be far away. In fact, the restaurant is less than a 10-minute drive from all our Bean Point Beach vacation rentals.  

Need help booking your vacation rental? Give us a call at 1-877-778-6066 or contact us here. We are available 24/7 to help and answer any of your questions! 

Flood Insurance Transfers

Flood Insurance Transfers

Did you know that some National Flood Insurance Program policies can be transferred from one property owner to the next? If yours qualifies and you’re selling your home let the buyer know that you have an existing policy that can be transferred to them – it may give your home an edge over others on the market. The process is called “policy assumption” and can make the homebuying process easier for both the buyer and seller.

There are a few items to consider, such as occupancy changes. For example, if the property is currently owner-occupied and the new buyer is going to use it as a rental property, this change must be at the time of policy transfer. In this case, an additional premium may be due at closing so make sure to disclose this type of information to your Island Real Estate Sales Agent and insurance agent.

The process is fairly simple, there are required forms that you will need to fill out in order to transfer your policy to a new owner. The forms will need to be reviewed by the current flood insurance carrier for approval. Your insurance agent should have all the information you need. If you have not chosen an agent, your IRE Sales Agent can recommend a local agent for you.

One of the reasons a policy transfer is so attractive is if your home is in a high-risk flood zone (like ALL of Anna Maria Island) it can be difficult to sell in a timely manner due to flood insurance requirements. With policy assumption the buyer does not have to go through the hassle of meeting underwriting requirements to purchase a flood insurance policy for the home, which can help your property sell faster. 

Another major benefit of this process is that it can be more cost-effective for the buyer. Policy assumption allows the homebuyer to avoid the extra cost of a new elevation certificate, which are typically required for properties in high-risk flood zones.

Premiums for flood policies are paid annually, so by assuming an existing policy the buyer does not have to worry about paying a flood insurance premium until the renewal date. A simple credit/debit on the HUD statement can fairly charge the buyer for the months left on the policy after they own the property OR the seller can offer the remaining policy as a “bonus.”

Enjoy a Casual Meal With Your Toes in the Sand at Coquina Beach Cafe

Enjoy a Casual Meal With Your Toes in the Sand at Coquina Beach Cafe

If you’re already out enjoying the day at Coquina Beach, or if you’re just in the mood for a casual bite to eat right on the beach, head over to the Coquina Beach Cafe. This laid-back spot is located in the city of Bradenton Beach (southern end of Anna Maria Island), and is right at the entrance to Coquina Beach.

The cafe is nestled right on the beach, so you can enjoy your food with your toes in the sand, and the Gulf of Mexico right in front of you. It doesn’t get much better than that.
Coquina Beach Cafe is open for breakfast and lunch, with the menu containing classic breakfast items omelettes, waffles, and biscuits & gravy. For lunch they offer different seafood platters, sandwiches, and fish or chicken tacos. It’s nothing fancy, but who needs fancy when you’re on Island time. The food is good and you can’t beat the view!

Coquina Beach Cafe also has frozen drinks (great for humid hot days), ice cream & sno-cones, as well as a souvenir shop. Want to relax on the beach after enjoying breakfast or lunch at the cafe? Inquire with them about renting some chairs and an umbrella. Staying at the South Beach Villages? If so you’re only a walk away!

Coquina Beach Cafe
2650 Gulf Dr S, Bradenton Beach, FL 34217
(941) 778-4757

Nothing “General” about this Store!

Nothing “General” about this Store!

Nothing “General” about this Store!

Anna Maria General store is one of the island’s best assets to vacationers and residents alike. They offer grocery items, both hot and cold deli sandwiches and delicious bakery treats from local Hometown Desserts.  The AMGS supports local vendors by stocking milk from Bradenton’s own Dakin Dairy Farms and orange juice from Mixon Farms. If you forgot sunscreen, don’t worry – they have it! Same for other toiletries and sundries. There are smaller sized grocery and cleaning supply items are always stocked so there are fewer leftovers after your vacation.

Fun Fact, the General Store is part of the AM Historic Green Village. Surrounding their outside decks are heat tolerant edibles bought by the ECHO Global Farm. Every little bit helps Mother Earth!

Conveniently, the General Store is open seven days a week from 8am to 9pm at 503 Pine Ave in Anna Maria City. They welcome call in orders also, just dial 941-779-9200.

For guests vacationing at A Mermaids Tale or Sea Song – lucky you! You’re close enough to walk over for lunch or a refreshing fountain Coke.

Hometown Desserts is a Real Treat!

Hometown Desserts is a Real Treat!

Hometown Desserts started in 2007 as a home-based business baking goodies using recipes owner Cindy learned from watching her mother and grandmother in their Southern kitchen. Fast forward to 2012-present and Anna Maria is lucky to have this delicious local bakery for all our special occasions (Wednesday is a special occasion, right?) as a brick and mortar retail location on Pine Ave. Many local restaurants get their sweets from Hometown Desserts, their Key Lime Coconut cake sells out at the Anna Maria General Store regularly!

The sweet smell of yummy treats hits your senses and immediately your belly is ready for a snack. If you can imagine it, they can bake it! Pies, both regular and custom cookies, scones, brownies, cheesecakes – oh my!

While Hometown Desserts has a case full of treats ready for you to grab and enjoy, they specialize in custom orders. Birthdays, Anniversaries, Weddings, or any other celebration. Cupcakes, themed treats (checkout the wand candy pretzel photo below!).

Gluten sensitive? You’re not left out of the deliciousness because Hometown Desserts have gluten free items for you. Flourless cakes, coconut macaroons and more, just ask!

Visit Hometown Desserts at 507 Pine Ave in Anna Maria City or call, 941-896-3167. They are open 10am-5pm Monday-Saturday, closed Sundays.

Florida Beach Condition Warning Flag System

Florida Beach Condition Warning Flag System

Anna Maria Island’s main attraction is our beautiful beaches.  Water as far as the eye can see, with both the Gulf of Mexico and Tampa Bay hugging our precious home. The best thing we can do in the water is be safe! Florida has a beach flag warning system that uses colored flags to explain the current conditions at any public beach. Look at the lifeguard stands to display what you can expect on any day.

A DOUBLE RED FLAG: The water is closed to the public. No swimming or wading allowed and all water activity (surfing, paddle boarding) is prohibited.

RED FLAG: Means High Hazard. Likely there is a high surf and/or strong currents. Even being knee deep in the surf is too dangerous.

YELLOW FLAG: Medium Hazard. Moderate surf and strong currents may be dangerous for some.

GREEN FLAG: Low Hazard with calm conditions yet its always smart to exercise caution.

WHITE or NO FLAG: No hazards, enjoy the water. However, this is not a free-for-all to ignore smart beach fundamentals.

PURPLE FLAG: Dangerous Marine Life. There may be jellyfish, man-o-war or stingrays present.

There is no colored flag for inclement weather such as lightning and rain. Just use good judgement and remember if you hear thunder then you are too close to a potential lightning strike so take cover, head home or enjoy one of our fantastic restaurants. Slims in Anna Maria has a “no shower happy hour” Monday-Friday from 3-5 with both drink and food specials – show up sandy and messy, they don’t care!

Luckily most days on Anna Maria Island are sunny with either no flags needed or white flags on the lifeguard poles. Have fun and be safe!

Floriday’s Woodfired Grill and Bar

Floriday’s Woodfired Grill and Bar

Just over the drawbridge sits a quirky and fun restaurant at the base of Compass Hotel, part of the Margaritaville chain.  Floriday’s Woodfired Grill and Bar has wonderful water views where you can watch manatees, dolphin and sailboats as you enjoy cocktails and eats.

Floriday’s has great service no matter if you sit in the open yet covered patio or inside among the fun island vintage décor. There is a full bar with drink specials plus Tequila Tuesdays and Wine Down Wednesdays. Enjoy LIVE music Friday and Saturday night with a rotating schedule of local talent.

Huge hush puppies are a delicious starter or additional side option to entrees and basket meals. Specials are usually fresh catch so ask your server. Main dishes range from steaks, chicken and seafood, burgers and seafood tacos. Classic fried baskets of shrimp or chicken tenders with fries are available too, the kiddos might like these. Both raw and fried oysters are on the menu when in season. On Burger Monday’s, enjoy a burger and fries for just $10!

Dessert is always a favorite so sit back and enjoy a sweet treat before you leave. Key Lime Pie plus other yummy options are hard to resist!

If you are on your way to the beach, Floriday’s makes picnic basket meals perfect to take along and enjoy surfside. Cold drinks and live music Friday-Sunday make this a fun stop after a day on the beach as well.

Perico Island and Perico Bay Club are just down the street, maybe too far a walk yet definitely less than a 5 min ride away especially if you’re staying at our vacation rental at 1107 Edgewater Circle.

Floriday’s is open Sunday through Thursday 11am to 10pm and both Saturday and Sunday until 11pm. Large parties are welcome, just give them a heads up call at 941-741-8700 before you make the trip to 12332 Manatee Avenue, Bradenton FL 34209.