The three municipalities on Anna Maria Island, struggling to deal with the overcrowding that popularity brings, now have another claim to fame -- as if islanders want any more notoriety.
Conde Nast Traveler selected Coquina Beach as having the best island beach sand in the United States and fifth best in the world.
That ought to bring even more tourists, especially with this notation:
"It's laid-back, bordered by towering pines, and boasts perfect, unspoiled sand as fine as powder."
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The text also called Coquina "the opposite of South Beach," signaling travelers weary of that scene.
The magazine's paid circulation for print and digital editions stands at more than 800,000 with a total audience of 3.3 million. The average total household income of a reader exceeds $111,000 -- people with money who enjoy traveling.
Last year's sand renourishment project sure did a wealth of good for beach lovers. Maybe not so much for islanders, except those connected to the tourism and hospitality trades.
Speaking of which, Manatee County hotels, motels and resorts are packing them in, thanks to terrible weather in the Northeast and a rising economy.
With low vacancy rates and high demand as Southwest Florida's popularity surges, hoteliers are raising rates. And visitors are not blinking.
Manatee County's economy stands to benefit handsomely.