Riverview Pointe Preserve – Manatee County

Bradenton – Riverview Pointe Preserve is south of De Soto National Memorial park, and is just a short drive from Anna Maria Island. This 11 acre park in West Bradenton offers a unique Florida ecosystem along with packed shell trails and wildlife viewing.

Riverview Pointe Preserve
Gopher Tortoise at Riverview Pointe Preserve. Photo Credit: Rob Hamilton, Riverview Pointe Preserve, Manatee County Parks website.

Riverview Pointe Preserve

The Preserve was added to the “Shaws Point” Archaeological district by the 1939 United States De Soto Expedition Commission. This area is among what is believed to be the landing spot of the Hernando De Soto expedition of 1539. Riverview Pointe and surrounding areas are the site of prehistoric native coastal villages dating back to 356B.C. to 110A.D. However, all evidence of these natives was destroyed in the early twentieth century.

Hiking Trail and Florida Wildlife

The hiking trail here is less than a mile long, but offers a peaceful place for a relaxing stroll. Starting off in a dry sandy upland area, the trail takes you down through coastal hammock and out to the riverfront. A great deal of the local wildlife are nocturnal, but this trail is still a great area for bird watching. Unique animals of the park include a thriving Gopher Tortoise population. Additionally, they prefer upland habitats such as those found at Riverview Pointe Preserve.

Native Plants

The hiking trail brings you from uplands to riverfront, and there are a diverse array of plants here. Enjoy large old Sand Pine and Scrub Oak in the uplands area, and salt resistance species like Mangrove and Buttonwood on the river front. You’ll find many Florida native species of plants like beauty berry, wild grape and poison ivy. It’s a good idea to stay on the hiking path to avoid damaging this rare environment.

Park Information

Dogs are welcome on the trail, but must remain on a leash. The park has pet waste stations.

Entrance to the park is free with the hours changing seasonally. Typically Manatee County parks are open dawn to dusk, but be sure to check closing times listed at the park entrance.

Find the park at NW 75th Street. Just before the entrance to De Soto National Memorial.

Also check out this video about Riverview Pointe Preseve by Manatee County Parks and Natural Resources Department. Enjoy local wildlife too!

Anna Maria Island Vacation Rentals

If you are looking to plan a vacation to Manatee County Island Real Estate has a large inventory of vacation rental homes for the perfect Florida getaway!

Anna Maria Island vacation rental
Click on the image to view more information about Anna Maria Island vacation rental home “3 Oars”

Manatee County Audubon Society Creates Terra Ceia Bird Sanctuary

Manatee County – From Sept. 1st at noon until Sept 2nd at noon the Manatee County Audubon Society invites you to be part of their giving challenge.

The Giving Challenge will benefit the purchase of a Terra Ceia Bay Island suited for Bird Sanctuary status. Manatee Audubon Society needs $5,500 to make the bird sanctuary a possibility.

Donations can be made online with a minimum of $25. When $2,500 is raised Mosaic company will match an additional $2,500.

Help Manatee Audubon Society now to make a gorgeous safe haven for local birds and wildlife!

Terra Ceia
Terra Ceia Bay Island set to be bird sanctuary.

Manatee Miles Sea Turtle Stroll

Bradenton beach – Don’t miss the Manatee Miles Sea Turtle Stroll on Saturday May 9th at 9am.

A family fun run/walk coming in two flavors, a one-mile course and a 5k course, is an event whose proceeds go to the United Way of Manatee County. Registration is $35 for one adult and up to four kids, $50 for two adults and up to four kids, $25 for an adult up to April 30th and $30 after that, $15 for teens between 14 and 17 and $5 for each additional kid ages 3-13. Adults who sign up before April 30th will get a complimentary event t-shirt. The first 200 to register will also get a free stuffed koozie.

Registrations start at 8am with the walk/run starting at 9am and is located on Coquina Beach at 2650 Gulf Drive South in Bradenton beach.
United Way addresses our community’s most challenging issues by focusing on the building blocks of a good life; Education, Financial Stability and Health. By participating in the Manatee Miles Sea Turtle Stroll, participants help give Manatee County children the opportunity graduate from high school on time, help residents have access to opportunities to create financial stability for themselves and their families, and help community members make healthy choices, be safe from violence, and have access to healthcare and healthcare supports.

Online registration and additional information available is available HERE.  Contact Katie Becker at kbecker@uwmc.net or  for more information.

For more information on Manatee County Government, visit online at www.mymanatee.org or call (941) 748-4501. You can also follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/manatee.county.fl and on Twitter, @ManateeGov.

Anna Maria Island – Beach Re-Nourishment Project


Manatee County is awaiting approval on an exciting beach re-nourishment project that they have submitted to the federal government. Decisions will be made at the end of August and the state of FL is determining grants based on county submitted information which includes resort taxes and its ability to generate funds locally. Currently there is 16 million in funds appropriated to re-nourish beaches that were severely diminished by Tropical Storm Debbie. If awarded the project will commence in November at 78th street in Holmes Beach and will take about 6 months, ending in coquina sands. This will include dredge pipes to pump and redistribute sand that the storm built up and Cortez Beach groins that need to be replaced. Once this project is accomplished Manatee County Natural Resources director Charlie Hunsicker hopes to continue with a state and county project for the long boat pass.

For questions all available information can be obtained by calling the Jacksonville Resource Committee at (904) 232-3455


Bradenton – 3rd Annual Manatee Miles Walk-A-Thon


The Robinson Preserve in Bradenton is hosting Manatee county’s 3rd Annual Manatee Miles Walk-A-Thon on Saturday May 11th, 2013. Manatee Miles is a walk-a-thon fundraiser to help benefit United Way of Manatee County. Registration for Manatee Miles is between 7:ooam and 7:50am with the walk starting at 8:00am.

Prior to the walk you can enjoy a free neck and shoulder massage courtesy of Dina Stewart, LMT, or a selection of muffins and fruit courtesy of First Watch Restaurant.

A Chinese Raffle will be held for a donation of $1.00 per ticket or 6 tickets for $5.00. You can enter for a chance to win brunch bucks from First Watch Restaurant, Bradenton Marauders goodies including game tickets, a grand prize 2 night stay at on of Anna Maria Island’s vacation rentals, and more!

Robinson Preserve
99th Street Northwest and 17th Avenue Northwest
Bradenton, FL 34209

Halloween Haunted House – Carnival of Carnage in Bradenton

Bradenton-Halloween-Haunted-HouseIt’s time for a Haunted House and this year you don’t want to miss the 2nd annual Dance Theatre of Bradenton’s Haunted House “Carnival of Carnage”. The Dance Theatre of Bradenton will be hosting the Carnival of Carnage Haunted House at the Sweetbay Shopping Plaza on Manatee Avenue in Bradenton. Tickets are $7.00 for adults and $5.00 for the kids. Have a Safe & Happy Halloween!

Friday October 26th – 7pm – Midnight
Saturday October 27th – 7pm – Midnight
Sunday October 28th – 7pm – 10pm

Sweetbay Shopping Plaza
5505 Manatee Avenue West
Bradenton Florida
for more information call:941-840-0863