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Bradenton Ranked 5th Best Retirement Destination is U.S.

Bradenton Herald 

Published Wednesday, January 21, 2015 12:02 am

BRADENTON — A new study from SmartAsset ranked the 10 best places to retire in the United States. Florida dominated the list, with 9 of the 10 cities ranked located in the Sunshine State. Bradenton came in at number 5, while Sarasota ranked 10.


The study considered four main factors: taxes (both income and sales tax); the number of doctors’ offices; and opportunity for recreation and a social life.


Other Florida cities on the list included Stuart, FL, which came in at number one, while Inverness, Naples and Brooksville rounded out the top 5.


Seaford, a small town in central Delaware that had the lowest average tax burden for retirees in the top 10, was the lone non-Florida city to make the list. Click here to view the complete study.



Crime Statistics - Bradenton, Florida
Bradenton Police Department - Press Release 
Subject: City of Bradenton Enjoys another Year of Less Crime 
Prepared by Captain William B. Fowler 
Michael Radzilowski – Chief of Police 
100 10th Street West 
Bradenton, Florida 34205 
(941) 932-9300 
Date: April 1, 2015 
The City of Bradenton ended the 2014 calendar year with a 1.8 percent decrease in reported crime. It 
should be noted that the City only had one Murder and 18 less Robberies during 2014. Also, 2014 marks 
the ninth time in the last ten years that the City of Bradenton has ended the calendar year with a reduction 
in crime. 
Since 2003, when the concept of community policing was adopted by the Bradenton Police Department, 
crime has dropped in the City of Bradenton an extraordinary 69.9 percent. That number reflects the hard 
work and dedication of the men and women of the Bradenton Police Department in partnership with their 
communities we serve. 
Chief of Police Michael Radzilowski stated, “Day in and day out the Bradenton Police Department strives to 
provide outstanding customer service and protect everyone who lives, visits, or conducts business in the 
City of Bradenton. City Residents can be proud of their Police Department.”



Herald Tribune - February 6, 2015

Market snapshot: Tidy Island, West Bradenton


Florida’s original inhabitants knew a magical place when they saw one.

Tidy Island, on the northern end of Sarasota Bay, has long been a favorite haunt for waterfront dwellers. Archaeological research, preserved in an onsite museum, has artifacts of aboriginal people who lived there from about 500 B.C to 1000 A.D. Over the ensuing centuries, Indians made the island their home.


The late 1800s saw the establishment of a small farm and temporary shacks by those who wanted to take advantage of rich fisheries in the bay.

Today the island houses a picturesque, private luxury waterfront community, although few area residents know of its existence. The entrance gate on 86th Street, about a mile south of Cortez Road, is surrounded by lush, tropical foliage. After a small bridge and a sweeping curve, the single roadway turns onto Tidy Island Boulevard, which runs for a mile along the southern portion of the island and its resort-style waterfront residences.

Tidy Island has houses, townhouses and condos — 96 living units altogether — all in attractive, island-style architecture. The large, steeple windows, screened-in porches and open lanais provide spectacular views of Sarasota Bay and Longboat Key. The landscaping is exquisite, with numerous palm trees and exotic plants.

Condos and townhouses range in price from the $200,000s to the $600,000s. The 11 estate homes, occupying 3,000 to 6,000 square feet under air, and are valued from $1 million to $3 million.

When the community was developed in the early 1980s, two thirds of the island’s 240 acres were set aside as a protected nature preserve, offering sanctuary to a variety of animals and birds. The National Wildlife Federation has designated Tidy Island a Certified Wildlife Habitat.

There are raised, wooden nature walks through the mangroves and flourishing tropical wetlands, leading to observation piers, where one can sit and watch the fish and dolphins.

Vittoria Rutigliano, an agent with Premier Sotheby’s International Realty, loves the island for its privacy, serenity and appealing resort lifestyle.

Her listing, a 4,944-square-foot house at 84 Tidy Island Blvd., is at the very end of the developed part of the island. It has two-story glass windows, a glass elevator and a 260-degree view from the Ringling Bridge in the south to Anna Maria Island across the bay.

“You can have breakfast on the lanai, have your morning coffee and watch the pelicans swoop down to grab their breakfast,” she says. “In the evenings, the sunsets are spectacular.”

Rutigliano also likes the amenities. The community has are two saltwater swimming pools with hot tubs, two Har-Tru tennis courts and a clubhouse with a fitness center and meeting room for the many social events. The island has several access points to the bay for kayaking, canoeing and wind sailing.

Tidy Island is a pet-friendly community; owners walk their dogs at all hours. There are plenty of walkers and bike riders, too.

All of the 96 waterfront residences are maintenance-free, including the 11 million-dollar homes. Fees cover not only the exquisite landscaping, the road and the 24/7 guarded gate, but also the exterior upkeep of the dwellings — including siding, roofs and windows — as well as flood and hurricane insurance.

“When you buy here, you can have peace of mind that it will be maintained while you travel or are away,” says Rutigliano.

The Tidy Island Condominium Association has kept dues stable even during the recent housing downturn and recession. From 2009 to 2012, dues were not raised at all, and over the past seven years they have increased only 2 percent per year.

Residents are a diverse mix of retirees, working professionals, families and a few renters. With the IMG Academy close by, there are also a few sports families.

They appreciate the easy access to the area’s attractions and amenities. Cortez Fishing Village and Anna Maria Island, with its white sand beaches, are only a five-minute drive away. Several golf courses are nearby. For boaters, the Bradenton Beach Marina, which provides dry storage and valet service, is only five minutes away.

Over the past few months, only five Tidy Island homes have sold, ranging in price from $210,000 to $590,000. Currently, the four active listings include a condominium for $365,000 and three homes, from $1,449,000 to $2,995,000. One sale is pending. The association also has 12 buildable sites available.

“Tidy Island is the best-kept secret in West Bradenton,” says Rutigliano.

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Bradenton Herald                 Thursday, February, 20, 1014

Article link:  http://www.bradenton.com/2014/02/20/5002473/anna-maria-ranked-third-among.html


Anna Maria ranked third among U.S. islands


cschelle@bradenton.comFebruary 20, 2014 

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ANNA MARIA ISLAND -- TripAdvisor has named Anna Maria Island the No. 3 island in the United States, up a spot from last year's No. 4 ranking.

The rating is based on the second annual Traveler's Choice Island awards from the website that compiles ratings and recommendations from travelers.

The TripAdvisor ranking is incredibly important to tourism in Anna Maria, notes Elliott Falcione, executive director for the Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors Bureau.

"TripAdvisor is really our biggest critic when it comes to visitation," Falcione said. "For them to rank Anna Maria with its character and Old Florida environment, it shows once again it's one of the top places to visit in the United States."

The island will only get busier with the ranking as AMI beaches are getting a makeover in time for high season. A beach renourishment project stretching from 78th Street at Holmes Beach south to Bradenton Beach is in the process of widening the beach 125 to 150 feet.

Mary Ann Brockman, president of the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce, said a No. 4 ranking boosted island business last year.

"Take a ride out here, do it now, and then try to go back off the island at 4:30 and that will give you your answer," Brockman said, laughing, "It's huge. It's absolutely huge."

Hotels are busy, restaurants are packed and folks are buying wares from island merchants.

"It's phenomenal out here," she said. "It's really going to be a good season."

According to a TripAdvisor.com site poll, 72 percent of U.S. respondents plan on visiting an island in 2014. Marco Island topped the list, with Chincoteague Island, Va., coming in second. Key West was the only other Florida island to make the list at No. 10.

Marco Island's ranking translated into a No. 4 island in the world -- the only North American island on the list. Ambergris Caye in Belize was ranked the best island in the world.

TripAdvisor Travelers' Choice awards are based on reviews and opinions from travelers using TripAdvisor. Island winners were specifically determined based on the quality and quantity of the most highly rated hotels, restaurants and attractions listed for each island on TripAdvisor over a 12-month period.

"They see the beauty of a special island in Florida," Falcione said. "We want to be No. 1 at some point."

Top 10 Islands in the U.S.: 1. Marco Island, Florida 2. Chincoteague Island, Virginia 3. Anna Maria Island, Florida 4. San Juan Island, Washington 5. Maui, Hawaii 6. Kauai, Hawaii 7. Island of Hawaii, Hawaii 8. Nantucket, Massachusetts 9. Hilton Head, South Carolina 10. Key West, Florida

Charles Schelle, Herald business reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7095. Follow him on Twitter @ImYourChuck.


Read more here: http://www.bradenton.com/2014/02/20/5002473/anna-maria-ranked-third-among.html#storylink=cpy

Bradenton-Sarasota area named No. 1 in U.S. for well-being

Happiest U.S. Cities of 2014: The List

by Tanya Lewis, Staff Writer   |   April 08, 2015 12:51pm ET


A Gallup-Healthways poll surveyed people from the most populous communities in every U.S. state and the District of Columbia about their well-being. The resulting score was based on five distinct elements of well-being, including purpose, social relationships, financial security, community pride/safety, and physical health.

Here is the full list of states ranked by the percent of people who reported the highest well-being across all five elements. [Read full story on the happiest U.S. communities]

1. North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton

2. Urban Honolulu

3. Raleigh

4. Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura

5. El Paso

6. Austin-Round Rock

7. Provo-Orem

8. San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara

9. Washington-Arlington-Alexandria

10. Winston-Salem

See full article at: http://www.livescience.com/50422-happiest-us-cities-2014.html

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