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Quarterly Catch-Up

Quarterly Catch-Up


An Overview of Bradenton’s Recent Events

With the scorching days of summer fading into memory soon, anticipation is building in Bradenton for the impending arrival of fall, along with the promise of more temperate weather. As we eagerly await this seasonal transition, let’s look at the developments that have unfolded over the past quarter in this growing area.

Farewell to Mixon Fruit Farm

A sentimental farewell was bid to Mixon Fruit Farm, an establishment that had enriched the community for over eight decades. The announcement of its closure marked the end of an era, with the 39-acre property being put up for sale. This decision was driven by a combination of factors, including escalating insurance costs, stringent regulations within the citrus industry, and the aftermath of Hurricane Ian. Despite these challenges, Mixon Fruit Farm’s legacy will endure and be remembered as a cherished family favorite.

Mote Aquarium’s Enriching Addition

In a move that underscores Bradenton’s commitment to education and marine conservation, Mote Aquarium introduced a novel marine science education and outreach center at Anna Maria City Pier. Operating daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., this program welcomes visitors of all ages to explore and learn about the local marine environment. A highlight of the center is the interactive touch pool, allowing guests to immerse themselves in the world of marine life. This initiative fosters learning and nurtures a deeper connection to the ocean and its inhabitants.

Island Gallery and Studios Moved!

Art enthusiasts celebrated the relocation of Island Gallery and Studios to 456 Old Main St., Bradenton, FL 34205. This fine art gallery, which had enriched Anna Maria Island for three decades, has now found its home in downtown Bradenton. The gallery operates as a cooperative, with its members collaboratively managing its operations. Art lovers can indulge in its offerings daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., where a diverse range of artwork awaits discovery.

A New Era of Ferry Service

Local beachgoers and visitors are excited to welcome the introduction of the Island Ferry Service, boasting two 50-foot catamarans known as Miss Anna Maria and the Downtown Duchess. These vessels will provide transportation between Bradenton and select beaches on Anna Maria Island. Operating from Friday to Sunday between 10 a.m. and 9 p.m., the ferries offer hourly stops along the route, connecting downtown Bradenton Riverwalk to the shores of Anna Maria Island.

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ER at Bayshore Gardens Is Open.

Located at 5506 14th St. W. as an extension of Manatee Memorial Hospital, this ER is a new freestanding emergency department that expands access to emergency care 24 hours a day and seven days a week.

Photo courtesy of Manatee Healthcare System

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