October 13, 2012 12:00 AM

As Anna Maria Island focuses on 'authencity,' big duplexs threaten that charm

The Old Florida paradise that is Anna Maria Island will play host to an intriguing gathering next week entitled the Sustainable & Authentic Florida Conference. Coincidentally, the island¿s unique charm as a haven for low-rise residences and families is under siege by developers building gigantic duplexes to house large groups of vacationers.

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