Manatee’s are one of Nature’s Most Gentle Mammals

Ever see a Manatee?  They are also referred to as Sea Cows and are slow-moving mammals that grow anywhere between 8 and 13 feet and weigh between 440 and 1300 pounds.    Manatees are common along the sun coast of Florida along the coast and rivers.  Even being large animals, they are very graceful swimmers and glide along about 5 miles per hour.  Manatee’s never leaving the water, however, do require air to breathe, that’s why many times you only see their nostrils sticking out of the water.  They are a protected species in Florida, but are vulnerable to injuries from boat propellers, due to their slow movement.  You can see Manatees in various locations here in the Bradenton, Florida area and are amazing to watch.  Enjoy this video of these majestic animals.

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Mud Endeavor: Little Manatee River 5K Run 2018 In Wimauma, Florida

Each year the Masonic Lodges holds a 5k mud obstacle run to raise funds for various youth projects here in the area.  It is held in Wimauma Florida at the Masonic Park and Youth Camp which is just a short drive from Bradenton, Florida.  The park is 204 acres of wilderness sitting directly on the Little Manatee River.  The obstacle course winds in and out of the Little Manatee River shore with plenty of things to climb and lots of opportunities to get in the mud.   It’s not an easy course and will test the average runner to the more experienced.

Take a look at this year’s run which was held this past April.

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Take a Ride Through Memory Lane in Manatee County Florida

Manatee County Florida has grown into the modern resort area, but ever wonder what it was like in the late 1800’s through today?  Take a few moments and step back in time with this wonderful documentary created by Manatee County Government.  It’s a slideshow that many of the locals along with our visitors will truly appreciate.  I personally started visiting Bradenton as a child on many wonderful vacations to Bradenton, Florida and truly enjoyed the video.  I actually remember many of the sites in the slideshow.   If you’re not from the area, come visit sometime,  It’s truly a gem in Florida.

Plan Now to Visit Beautiful Bradenton, Florida

Summer vacations are right around the corner.  Why not plan a family vacation to Bradenton, Florida.  Bradenton has something to offer everyone, wheather your a retiree or an active family there is plenty to do in Bradenton.  Be as active as you want from zip lining to vegging on the beach.  Take a few moments and watch this video which highlights the Cortez and Bradenton Beach areas of Bradenton.

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Most Americans Think Home Prices Will Rise This Year

According to the latest Gallup Poll, most Americans think home values will continue to climb.  Now is the time to make that move if you’ve been sitting on the fence trying to decide if to buy your first home or trade up to a larger home.  Have you become an empty nester?  If so, capitalize on the higher prices and buy that small home or condo.  This is also a great environment to purchase investment properties, whether it’s a flip or adding to your inventory, move now.

Follow this link for the full article from Gallup.

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Take a five minute vacation at Anna Maria Island, Florida

Need a little personal time?  Pour yourself a cold beverage and sit back and visit Anna Maria Island and surrounding areas.  This is has been my home for the past 29 years and have never regretted my move here right out of college.

There have been many changes over the years, but our local leaders had the foresight to keep the island quaint.  With the exception of two condominium buildings, the highest structure you will find on the island is three stories, keeping the commercialism to a minimum.

There are literally hundreds of fun things to do in the area, both on the island and the mainland.  Everything from lounging on the sugar white sand beaches to ziplines in the forest.

So, for your next vacation, consider coming to our little piece of paradise.  Like others, you may never go home.

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De Soto Heritage Grand Parade in Bradenton, FL this Saturday Night

Don’t miss the De Soto Heritage Grand Parade this Saturday Night, April 29th, 2018.  It’s probably the largest parade in Manatee County for the year.  It all starts at the Manatee High School at 5:30pm and makes it’s way to Manatee Ave through downtown.

It starts at Manatee High School and heads east on Manatee Avenue to downtown Bradenton. That’s kind of important to know even if you’re not planning on attending the parade because it means Manatee Avenue will be closed to traffic from U.S. 41 west to 44th Street West starting at 5:30 p.m. Saturday. It should reopen around midnight.

The parade normally attracts somewhere between 150,000 to 200,000 spectators from both Bradenton and lots of folks from out of town.

There will be approximately 150 floats, marching bands, and lots of beads and souvenir coins tossed from the floats to the crowd.  So, grab your lawn chairs and bring the kids on out to the parade.

Enjoy this clip from an earlier De Soto Heritage Parade.

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Shop Till You Drop at the Beach Markets of Coquina Beach

Here’s a great opportunity to shop at one of the better outdoor markets in the area.  Stroll around our tropical paradise at the Markets of Coquina Beach on beautiful Anna Maria Island, Florida.  There will be fresh produce, plants, clothing, pottery, collectibles, health and beauty items, and even pet products.  Enjoy some of the local cuisines while shopping.  It will be every Sunday through July between 10 am and 4 pm and every Wednesday through May 9th from 10 am to 4 pm.  It’s located at 2650 Gulf Dr S, Bradenton Beach, FL.  For additional information call 941.518.4431.

The Bradenton Sarasota Home Show Is This Weekend

Thinking of upgrading your kitchen or baths?  What about the latest in solar heating.  Yes, you can find just about anything for home improvements from roofing to sunrooms.  There will be experts in all fields designed to answer questions from you the homeowner.  There will be room and exterior vignettes.  Best of all it’s FREE!  It’s being held April 6th, 7th, and 8th, 2018 at Robarts Area at the Sarasota Fairgrounds.  The address is 3000 Ringling Blvd, Sarasota, FL.



I went to the Pittsburgh Pirates VS Atlanta Braves Game this past Friday!

Last Friday, March 16th, my buddy, Ron Martini, and I went to see the Pittsburgh Pirates play the Atlanta Braves.  Ron’s a diehard Braves fan and I was rooting for the Pirates.  Had a great time,  Pirates won 12 to 9.  What was amazing about this game was there were 11 home runs!  I have never been to a game with that many home runs.

Lecom Park, formally known as McKechnie Field has been the home of the Pittsburgh Pirates training facility and is celebrating its 50-year relationship with Bradenton, Florida.  The stadium has had several renovations over the years including major updating in 2013.  The new renovations include expanding seating capacity to 6500 people and a new boardwalk completely surrounding the outfield.  It’s the third oldest stadium being used in spring training in the United States.

Follow this link to the article “Five Reason’s to Watch Pirate’s Spring Training at Lecom Field”, by Jason Dill with the Bradenton Herald newspaper.  I think you will enjoy!







Brian Heavrin & Ron Martini

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