The Island has been the subject of several positive stories in national publications recently.  In July, a New York Times story on the island’s food and restaurants brought a new wave  of inquiries to the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce.  If you haven’t seen the Times article, please take a look now and see if you agree with this travel writer’s opinions on the best places to eat.

By CINDY PRICE – The New York Times
Published: July 26, 2009

FLORIDA is a clever little peninsula. Just when you think you’ve seen everything under its proverbial sun, you stumble across a place like Anna Maria Island — a seven-mile slip of cushy white sand tucked in the Gulf of Mexico where you can dump the car, rent a bike, swim in smooth, teal waters and eat remarkably well.

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Chain restaurants line the landscape from Jacksonville to Miami. But Anna Maria Island, about 40 miles south of Tampa, has always kept things old school. A free trolley-style bus runs the length of the island, and colorful old cottages dot the landscape. There are practically no chain restaurants, no high-rise hotels or party beaches — just a laid-back, margarita-by-sunset kind of place with establishments committed to keeping things fresh, independent and local.

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