Monday, 5 July 2010

Manatee News, special report

Check out the only guide to Anna Maria Island you'll ever need. Marvin the Manatee delivers a special report to Manatee News live from the paradise island, as yet unaffected by the gulf oil spill.

Wednesday, 13 January 2010

Win over your Tweet-heart this Valentine's

Here's some good advice from for all you die-hard romantics out there. Get Tweeting and you might be able to impress your, er, tweet-heart...

'You may not be able to say how you feel in 140 characters or less, but you sure can get leads on the best Valentine's Day experience that way. So, instead of tweeting a feeling, use the white-hot social media platform to grab the top travel specials for the most romantic day of the year. Several resorts are running Twitter-only Valentine's Day specials this year, so follow the right people, and you'll be able to wow your better half this year.'

And they come up with a perfect example right here in sunny old Florida...

'ONE Bal Harbour, a five-star luxury property in Florida, is offering a savings of up to $800 a night through its "Tweeterhearts" package. Follow @BalHarbourFL and look for the package that has a room rate of only $1,335 a night for three nights, champagne in your room upon arrival, a couples spa treatment in a private beachside cabana and a romantic dinner for two at 1 Bleu.'

Sounds like a good deal. Don't forget to follow us on Twitter, we're @annamariavac (you'll find us under a search for Anna Maria). There is also a link on our website at as well as loads of other cool stuff.

Friday, 18 December 2009

99 cent Christmas present

Got a dollar to spare? fancy a flight to Phoenix? Well, this might be your lucky day!

Allegiant Air hopes to alleviate some of the holiday pocketbook strain by offering a special fare of only 99 cents - good for two one-way flights this Saturday from Florida to Phoenix.

"We needed to move an aircraft from Florida to Phoenix to accommodate seasonal demand changes, so we thought this would be a great way to offer travelers an unbeatable holiday travel opportunity," said Robert Ashcroft, vice president of planning for Allegiant Air.

The travels from Orlando-Sanford International Airport on Saturday to Springfield-Branson, Missouri and will connect to Phoenix for another $0.99. The low fares only apply to those two flights only and other fees still apply. Visit for more information.

Looks like Santa works for Allegiant Air...

Friday, 27 November 2009

Thanks for small mercies

Even the Brits are picking up on the slightly slower traffic we all experienced over Thanksgiving. This article in the Daily Telegraph claims travel was down a third this year as the effects of the economic downturn continue to be felt.

The number of people traveling for Thanksgiving in America has fallen by more than a third since four years ago with the downturn in the economy blamed for the stay-at-home trend.

In 2005, around 58 million people made journeys to see family or friends for the holiday but this year the figure is expected to be 38 million, according to research by AAA. The number of people taking flights has fallen by 6.7 per cent since last year as those that do travel opt for the cheaper option of going by train or car.

Amtrak said it expected the day before Thanksgiving to be its busiest of the year with around 125,000 passengers. On an average Wednesday it carries 74,000 passengers. Most people have decided that car travel makes the most financial sense and about 33 million are expected to drive.

Thanksgiving journeys fell by 25 per cent between 2007 and 2008 and there is not likely to be a reverse of that trend this year, AAA said.

Well, actually it still seemed pretty busy here on Anna Maria Island. Perhaps we should count ourselves lucky...

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Friday, 20 November 2009

Work, work, work on Anna Maria Island

Just in case you were wondering what those orange barricades, barrels and road-construction signs were doing cluttering up the roads on Anna Maria Island and nearby Longboat Key, get used to them, they’re going to be around for a while.

According to the Bradenton Herald, the Florida Department of Transportation has planned almost two dozen projects spread out over 18 months, possibly the heaviest construction schedule the islands have ever seen.

Some residents who attended the open house meeting where the work was unveiled opposed plans to build a sidewalk along a portion of North Bay Boulevard in Anna Maria. They question whether the $48,416 project, funded entirely by federal economic stimulus money, is justified.

Other projects include rehabilitating bridges on Crescent Avenue and North Bay Boulevard in Anna Maria; resurfacing parts of Pine Avenue and Gulf Drive in Anna Maria; installing sidewalks along Gulf Front Park; and upgrading the traffic signal at East Bay Drive and Gulf Drive.

I'm sure it will all look lovely when it's all done, but, well, y'know, it's a shame they can just swoop in at night and then disappear by daybreak.

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Friday, 9 October 2009

Join Mickey's club

If you're Canadian, you can give a little, get a lot – of Mickey Mouse.

The new "Give a Day, Get a Disney Day" promotion from Disney Parks offers a free one-day admission to Walt Disney World Resort in Florida or Disneyland in California in return for one day of volunteering, reports

Through Volunteer Canada, you can sign up for work at volunteer centres and more than 160,000 non-profit agencies.

Many of the projects are family-friendly, and the only stipulation for "Give a Day, Get a Disney Day" says helpers must be at least six years old. The program starts Jan. 1 and a list of available volunteer projects can be found at You must pre-register and ticket quantities are limited. Disney is looking for 1 million volunteers for this promotion.

So get out there and get volunteering.