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By Bonner Joy

Anna Maria Island was inhabited via local americans, yet because the good looks turned recognized to its first homesteader, George L. Bean, the island�s future used to be to be a beacon to paradise. even with mangrove forests and throngs of mosquitoes, humans got here by means of boat to benefit from the white sand shores and the turquoise waters of the Gulf of Mexico, with their cool onshore breezes and blazing sunsets. The Islander newspaper of the Nineteen Fifties heralded, �Where lifestyles is nice and the fishing is great.� Anglers got here from afar to check their talents opposed to tarpon, the world�s maximum video game fish, and to seek goliath grouper within the depths of Tampa Bay. smooth bridges hooked up the island to the mainland in 1957, and with that the seven-mile-long island was once on its technique to changing into the jewel of Manatee County.

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