Anna Maria Island Hurricane and Storm information

Tropical StormWe all have to deal with mother nature and some days are better than others. Tornado’s, Winter Storms, Typhoons, and yes …. Hurricanes.  This page is an attempt to help visitors with Anna Maria Island Hurricane and storm information.

The below page is used by the Island Real Estate staff to inform all property owners specific plans underway due to an impending storm. The appropriate storm link below will detail specific information as well as time-lines used by our staff to inform our owners the plans underway as well as local official recommendations or on going requirements due to pending Tropical Storms or Hurricanes. Intensity as well as time before the storm arrive dictates whether a link will be provided below. For example, a TROPICAL STORM being predicted to be hitting Anna Maria Island within the next 96 hours will most likely not make our list until 24 hours prior to arrival. However, a Category 3 Hurricane that is projected to hit Anna Maria Island in 72 hours will be posted below. As usual if you have any questions please call the Island Real Estate Staff toll free at (877) 778 6066 or if you need more information visit our website. Continue reading Anna Maria Island Hurricane and Storm information

Silhouettes at Sunset 8~25~08

Tapestry of ColorBirds and Bait Fish

Sunset SplashSmashing Sunset

The week between Fay and Gustav was a true feeding frenzy for all of the birds that were in flying distance of Anna Maria Island. It was as though someone had rung the feeding bell and they all showed up for some very tasty little bait fish. The small shiners glistened at the edge of the shore and were in abundance. Children were catching them with their hands and filling up buckets full just because they could! Continue reading Silhouettes at Sunset 8~25~08

Silhouettes at Sunset 8~20~08

This week has proven to be a week out of the nature book of the human spirit. Each sunset walk had it’s version of out-doing the previous night. The first of this series I will call the angry sunset. You could almost see figures or faces fighting with the boldness of red and orange to add fuel to the fire.                      Sunset EmotionsSeaoats at Sunset 

The following night was the night of the moon. As I was snapping away at the sunset, I turned to find an entirely different mood arise as I caught the moon in the lens of my camera and noted how perfect it appeared. There was a sense of peace seeing the golden moon poking it’s head up in the opposite direction over Anna Maria Island. Sometime if we just look in a different place then what has become mundane, we may find new emotions we did not expect but are very soothing as is the moon on this perfect night!    


The following night was a night without the camera. This was a new experience for about 20 people. We noticed the sand being moved in the loggerhead turtle nest. It was getting very dark but no one in this group of strangers spoke above a whisper as we waited staring at a tiny fin above the sand. After over an hour had passed, almost like an eruption, baby loggerheads begin to pour out from the nest. We made two lines to the water to assure no one would get lost in this march to their new life. It was beyond amazing how they knew just what to do and where they needed to go. With one little mighty leader marching toward sea, more than 100 were close behind. Some would veer off but we would quickly remind them of the path they must follow to reach their destiny. This proved to be a spiritual adventure for all 20 of us that met that night on Anna Maria Island. 

Two nights later would prove to be one of the best sunsets of the week. This was the night following the hurricane that never hit the Island. She was known as Fay and we thank her for stirring up the atmosphere and giving us such an incredible sunset. Please, enjoy the sunset!


Written by Melinda Bordes ~941-705-0146 who is here to assist you with all of your real estate needs whether buying or selling on Anna Maria Island and surrounding areas.

Be sure to click on the pictures to enlarge them in order to see greater detail! Don’t you think it is time to come to Anna Maria Island and see the sunset for yourself?

Tropical Storm Fay – Timelines and Information

8-19-08 : 8:00 PM

No rain. Not much wind.  This will be our last entry unless Fay loops around from the East Coast.  All is well in paradise on Anna Maria Island.

8-19-08 : 4:19 PM

Sunshine has come out on Anna Maria Island!!  About 4 minutes of rain up to this point today. 

8-19-08 : 2 PM

No rain yet…Not much wind either… 

8-19-08 : Noon

No rain as of yet on Anna Maria Island.  Wind is not extreme and maybe 5-10 mph so far.  Sky is fairly overcast and looking to the West you can see some patches of blue skys.  Manatee county closed all shelters at 10AM today and sent everyone home.  Manatee County schools will be in full session tomorrow, 8-20-08.  All after school activities for 8-20-08 will be scheduled business as usual.  Island Real Estate is open for business. 

8-19-08 : 6:30 AM

The conditions on Anna Maria Island.  Overcast, No Rain as of yet, and just a little wind…from 5-10 mph.   The 5 AM advisory has moved Anna Maria Island out of a Hurricane watch into a Tropical Storm Watch and we are no longer in the potential path of Fay!  Good News

 Anna Maria Island dusk shot day before Fay8-18-08 : 10:00 PM

Weather Channel says Florida dodged a bullet.  Tropical storm Fay thankfully just could not get her act together.  The latest update shows Fay moving North so landfall will occur earlier than predicted and it appears Fay will hit Naples.  For now we remain cautiously optmistic that Tuesday will be no more than a rainy windy day.   The Weather channel implied the East coast of Florida would see more of an event than the Tampa Bay/Anna Maria Island Area.  There remains a Hurricane watch for Anna Maria Island however the watch continues to move South and the island is the most Northern point at this time.

I took the dusk picture tonight to give everyone an idea of the continued calm before the storm although you can see the clouds look a bit “stormy.”

Just a few minutes ago an alert flashed on the local channel…”Manatee county has a voluntary evacuation for low lying areas.  Anna Maria Island to Tarpon Springs under a Hurricane Watch for the next 24 hours.”

8-18-08 : 5:15 PM

The entire team did a great job today.  All Island Real Estate owner properties have been reviewed for outdoor projectiles.  All guests have been contacted and are comfortable with securing outdoor items at their property.

This statement has been put out by Manatee County;

The 11:30 a.m. Manatee County advisory  states that the county is currently under a Hurricane Warning.  Beginning  at 5 a.m. on Tuesday, August 19, Manatee County will experience tropical storm  force winds, with gail force winds beginning at 10 a.m., followed by hurricane  force winds at 1 p.m. expected to last until 4 a.m. on August 20, when the storm  will slow down to tropical storm force winds.  Proper precautions should be  taken by residents and visitors to secure their  safety. 
Manatee County schools and all County offices  will be closed Tuesday, August 19.  We will be providing industry updates periodically as information  becomes available.  The next EOC update will be at 8 p.m. this  evening.  Right now the islands are NOT under any type of mandatory  evacuation, except for mobile homes. 

8-18-08 : 3:00 PM

Tropical storm Fay 24 hours away from Anna Maria IslandManatee School system just cancelled all classes for 8-19-08.

Anna Maria City has requested that all stick in the ground signs be removed from properties.

All planned maintenance for the day is more than 3/4 of the way complete.  Our storm plan is right on track and expect no issues with supporting our ownership to move all potential projectiles inside.  Island Real Estate anticipates a very limited staff here in the office prior to noon Tuesday, 8-19-08 with more updates the morning of 8-19-08.

8-18-2008 :  11 AM

The update from the National Hurricane center places the eye going North and later North East.  Winds are currently at 60 mph and Fay has had trouble gaining intensity although the experts expect the storm to gain some intensity in the next 12-24 hours due to the warmth of the Gulf waters.

Island Real Estate personnel are calling guests that are in place verifying they are comfortable to move any potential projectiles inside.  If they are not comfortable we will be sending an outside service to move in furniture that can be blown around.

Properties that are empty are currently being visited by outside personnel to move in all potential projectiles.