When my family moved to Anna Maria Island twenty years ago, we initially planned to spend the summer months in the north from where we had come. That first year, we failed in our plan.
We discovered that the months of summer on the island were not all that different than the Hudson River Valley in New York, our first home. Yes, the breezes would be warm and afternoons would be punctuated with a rain shower, sometimes a hard one. (We are always mindful of tropical weather these months.) And we would experience many natural occurrences--the Gulf of Mexico gentle and strong, the nesting on our beaches of mother sea turtles birthing their children, sky cloud formations as beautiful as any mountain range.
We realized that year round island living was good. And that has remained our choice.
The author of this post is Tom Aposporos, a licensed real estate broker in both Florida and New York. In a business career of more than four decades, he also served as mayor of his home city, a commissioner in his adopted island city, and chaired a publicly-owned bank through a period of financial recovery. These experiences have enhanced his knowledge and have brought additional dimension to his real estate career.