Support Beach clean-up efforts with new local non-profit organization Heart the Sea.

Anna Maria Island – Heart the Sea, a new local non-profit organization invites all to help clean the beach on February 28th at 4PM starting under Longboat Pass at the Southern tip of Coquina Beach located at 2650 Gulf Drive in the City of Bradenton Beach, Anna Maria Island. Beach cleaners are encouraged to bring a bucket, no plastic bags, and wear closed toed shoes. Gloves and a few extra buckets will be available. Afterwards, Cleaners are invited to Heart the Sea Sponsor Swordfish Grill; cleaners who bring their cleaning glove to Swordfish Grill will be rewarded with one free drink. Swordfish Grill is located at 4628 119th Street West, Cortez, FL 34215.

Jeff Higgins the Marketing Director at Swordfish Grill says, “We stand by Heart the Sea because just like us, they believe in making sure this natural habitat where we all live and we all love, stays that way for future generations to enjoy”

To stay up to date on Beach Clean ups follow Heart the Sea on Facebook or Twitter Contact Jenny Stonehouse at 941-702-4SEA.

 Heart the Sea Beach Clean-UpHeart The Sea exists for the protection of the Ocean and it’s inhabitants by raising awareness for waterway and beach health. Our vision is for the change of human habits for the benefit of the ocean and it’s animals.

Beach clean-ups are where tourists and locals alike can share a love for the ocean. To be intentional about picking up litter has changed people; Newbies to Heart the Sea beach clean-ups, even children, cannot help themselves from picking up litter whenever they see it after attending one of the clean-ups. All litter eventually ends up in the ocean unless intercepted, and many volunteers are surprised to collect about 5-10 lb of trash per bucket.

Founder of Heart the Sea Jenny Stonehouse elaborates on Heart the Sea and beach clean ups, “About a year ago, I met Hank the Heron on the 77th street beach access with fishing line around his ankle. Hank was wobbling begging the nearby fisherman for food. I called the AMI Wildlife Rescue who came out to try and catch Hank. The volunteer was unsuccessful as Hank did not want to be caught! In my conversation with AMI Wildlife Rescue I discovered that they had been trying to catch Hank for a while. Sadly, Hank did his best to fly down the beach only to be pummeled by another territorial Heron. Heart The Sea was born in my heart on that day. Because fishing line and other harmful items are found and discarded each month, Heart the Sea beach clean-ups are important to the health of our Beaches. Supporting Heart the Sea’s cause means increasing efforts to clean the beach and educating tourists and locals in reducing trash on our beach. We meet, we clean-up, and we go have a drink.”

For several months now Jenny and a small group of Volunteers have been meeting in various parts of Anna Maria Island for clean-ups. Recently, Jenny submitted Heart the Sea’s articles of incorporation to become a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization making Heart the Sea a truly impactful facilitator of clean beaches. In Celebration of Heart the Sea’s new beginning, Jenny will be set up at The Bridge Street Market in Bradenton Beach February 22nd from 10am-3pm. Jenny will not only be passing out information and recruiting volunteers, but as an artist, Jenny will be selling her artwork with 50% of the proceeds going directly to Heart the Sea.

Super Bowl 2015 on Anna Maria Island

Anna Maria Island –  Plan on watching the Super Bowl 2015? To help you out we’ve put together a list of some of the places on Anna Maria Island where you can enjoy the game, and a snack, and a drink. Have fun, be safe and enjoy the game.

Hurricane Hanks – 5346 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, 941-778-5788

Watch the game in HD. NFL Wings and other game food.

Lobstahs – 5337 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, 941-779-1000

ESPN Sunday Package

Slim’s Place – 9701 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria, 941-567-4056

Superbowl Party all day. ESPN Sunday Package.

Island Time Bar & Grill – 111 Gulf Drive S., Bradenton Beach, 941-782-1122

10 ft TV to watch the game on. Tailgate party until 5:00pm. Drink and food specials all day long.

Below is a list of some other places that regularly do something special for Super Bowl Sunday

Barefoot Tiki Bar – 5704 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, 941-778-4402

Bridge Tender Inn – 135 Bridge Street, Bradenton Beach, 941-778-4849

Clancy’s – 6218 Cortez Road. W., Bradenton, 941-794-2489

Gulf Drive Café – 900 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach, 941-778-1919

Swordfish Grill – 4628 119th Street W., Cortez, 941-798-2035

 

Where are you going to enjoy Super Bowl Sunday?

It’s almost time for one of America’s greatest traditions, Super Bowl Sunday. Thanks to the Anna Maria Island Sun we have a list of places that are going above and beyond to make this Sunday a special event.

Super Bowl Sunday

Barefoot Tiki Bar – 5704 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, 941-778-4402

Drink specials: $2 drafts.

Food: Barefoot style buffet, bring a dish; Nicole supplies the pizza.

Entertainment: James Blaine 1 to 2 p.m.; Mumbo Jumbo 2 to 6 p.m.

Prizes: quarterly giveaways.

 

Bridge Tender Inn – 135 Bridge Street, Bradenton Beach, 941-778-4849

Drink Specials: Happy hour all day, $2.50 Bud and Bud Light bottles

Food: Full menu and free halftime buffet.

Entertainment: Swamp Donkie, 2 to 5 p.m.

Prizes: Raffle – giving away one trip to Mexico and five trips to Las Vegas. Winners announced at halftime. Proceeds go to Cat Depot, Sarasota.

 

Clancy’s – 6218 Cortez Road. W., Bradenton, 941-794-2489

Drink Specials: $10 domestic buckets (6), free Jello shots pregame and halftime.

Food: Pig roast and full menu.

Entertainment Jack Tamburine Band, 1 to 5 p.m.

Prizes: Square game giveaways.

 

Gulf Drive Café – 900 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach, 941-778-1919

Food and drink special: $69.95 buffet, all you can eat through halftime; all you can drink domestic drafts, house wine and well liquor all game long. Full menu also offered.

Entertainment: Natural Vibes, 1 to 5 p.m.

Reservations required for buffet, recommended for regular dining.

 

Island Time Bar & Grill – 111 Gulf Drive S., Bradenton Beach, 941-782-1122

Drink Specials: $4 Smirnoff Bloody Mary’s; $5 Ketel One and Crown Royal; $12 buckets (5) of Bud and Bud Light.

Food: 65-cent wings and full menu.

Entertainment: Doug Bidwell & Larry Stokes, 2 to 5 p.m.

Prizes: Budweiser giveaways.

 

Lobstahs – 5337 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, 941-779-1000

“Come watch the Super Bowl with us.” Call or drop by for additional details.

 

Slim’s Place – 9701 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria, 941-567-4056

Drink specials: $4 rum runners; $4 homemade Sangria & $9.50 domestic pitchers

 

Swordfish Grill – 4628 119th Street W., Cortez, 941-798-2035

Drink specials: $5 Blue Huckleberry Lemonade, $5 Orange Crush, $1 Jello shots and Sunday happy hour.

Food: Mile-High Bronco Burger, Seattle Sushi Platter, full menu and other specials.

Entertainment: Reid Frost 12 to 3 p.m. and The Wheedles, 5 to 8 p.m.