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Historic Bridge Street on Anna Maria Island

Published on August 31, 2016 by Terry Whyte

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Up until 1921, the only way to access Anna Maria Island was by boat.  That is the year that the island was connected to the mainland by a wooden bridge extending from the village of Cortez to what was then called Cortez Beach making it the center of the island community.  In the late 20’s, Cortez Beach became known as Bradenton Beach. (Which is where our condo is located!)

While the side of the bridge in Cortez village was removed, the Bradenton Beach side of the old wooden bridge was saved and converted into a fishing pier at the eastern end of Bridge Street. This fishing pier still stands today and is the site of a restaurant and gathering place for locals, tourists and little ones trying to catch the big one." (Source)

"In recent years, the area has been completely revitalized!  The Merchant’s Association,  along with the renovation of the fishing pier has breathed new life into the area. Historic Bridge Street is once again the bustling center of activity in this historic beach community".(Source)


And better yet its within walking distance to our condos!


What’s now known as the Historic Old Town District is great for day trips when you need a break from the beach or the kids want something else to do! "Bridge Street offers a walkable community with spectacular water views from the both the pier and the gulf beach." (Source)


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Hi, I am Terry, my wife Sandy (who writes our blogs) are the caring, hands on owners and managers of Anna Maria Condo Rentals. We’ve been here for years, so we know Anna Maria Island, the island’s condos, and our island’s guests. We understand you – what you need, what you want, and what you’d really like to have. With us, every stay balances the rigorous requirements of professional managers with the enthusiasm, pride and personal touches of an owner-managed rental. That means that with us, you enjoy the dual benefits of an in-the-know local combined with the professionalism and expertise of a serious company. Come on down and experience the difference for yourself. Our family fell in love with Anna Maria Island the first time we visited in 1989. Every summer since, we’ve spent our vacations on this island, and in 1995, we bought our first condo here. Having a young family at the time meant we had to rent our condo to offset ownership costs. Thankfully, by offering luxurious accommodations at an affordable price, we were able to keep the condo booked for an average of 50 weeks a year. These steady bookings allowed us to purchase our second condo in 2013, and a third in 2014. While opening up these homes has allowed us to keep returning to the island—and even better, to a house that feels like home—we also truly enjoy offering a place to guests to discover Anna Maria Island and feel at home here, too.
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