Once again, a national publication (The Washington Post) is extolling the virtues of Anna Maria Island.  This story contrasts the unique qualities of each island stretching from Anna Maria south to Venice and Manasota Key.

Arial Photo of Longboat Key
Arial View of Longboat Key

By Andrea Sachs – The Washington Post
October 8, 2009

Anna Maria Island is Florida as a living diorama, with no chain hotels, a speed limit that never exceeds 35 mph and a building limit of three stories. It is also home to a genteel first lady.

“We are loath to go the route of Longboat Key, with condo high-rises,” said Rhea Chiles, the wife of former Florida governor Lawton Chiles, whose family has owned property here since 1958. “The look of the place has been passed down from one generation to another. It’s all of those words: quaint, neighborly, natural.”

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