The Bradenton Herald Editorial Page seems to prefer tracking the fame of Anna Maria's beautiful beaches than preserving the natural character of them.
The editor: "worldwide acclaim (for AMI beaches) is priceless." Well, the price of "priceless" beaches is overcrowded beaches.
The editor's solution: "The three island cities should convene an island-wide meeting, and engage Manatee County government." Paid consultants suggest "paid parking" and other ideas that ignore the needs of mainland residents. So far, expensive talking has not provided solutions.
The BH editor: "Conde Nast Traveler selected Coquina Beach as having the best island beach sand in the United States and fifth best in the world."
How many Manatee residents sitting in traffic waiting to take their children to the beach care what Conde Nast Traveler has to say?
Interestingly, the editor implies a really great solution to AMI overcrowding. "Coquina ... was once lackluster until a 2012 sand project ... extended the beach out into the Gulf and put a sugary surface over the old foot-aggravating tiny sea shells. How else would Conde Nast Traveler have awarded the beach global significance?"
How else, indeed!
This "world-acclaimed" beach was named in honor of a tiny shell animal, the coquina. Sadly, today the shells of these small animals aggravate certain people.
Rather than these people just wearing flipflops, a "sugary surface" of sand is plopped on top of the habitat of thousands of coquinas and other animals who call shells home.
Healthy marine life begins on the shoreline with small animals forming the beginning of a long chain of life, and shell animals leave behind their "old foot-aggravating" dwellings as intricate reminders of the lives that were once housed there. Left alone, nature is profoundly awesome.
Want charming, uncrowded "old Florida" beach communities? Stop "beach renourishment" (a.k.a. dredging). Then wear flipflops.