Ann-Ventures 

A Book For The Birds

  • 5:42 am Monday, July 30th, 2018 by Ann Kelly

For all the Ann-Ventures I’ve been on I still need to work on my bird identifying skills. I love being outdoors but I’d love it even more if I knew the names of all the beautiful fine feathered friends I’ve taking pictures of. But once again National Geographic for Kids has come up with a book that I’m keeping a copy of in my car – Bird Guide of North American from Jonathan Alderfer. He’s the expert having spent ten years as National Geographic’s resident birding expert at their headquarters in Washington, D.C., along with writing. editing and illustrating more than [More]

On Island Time

  • 4:15 am Wednesday, July 25th, 2018 by Ann Kelly

Residents of Anna Maria Island take a great deal of pride in their island home and rightly so. The iconic City Pier, beautiful views and the many shops and restaurants make for a wonderful way of life. But Hurricane Irma was anything but kind to the Pier and it’s now almost completely dismantled. Last Sunday I decided to see the sunrise myself and took the early morning trip across the Sunshine Skyway. While standing in front of what was left of the Pier I met a local man by the name of Brent Van Winkle. I had to smile [More]

Back-To-School Sales Tax Holiday Dates

  • 4:04 am Friday, July 20th, 2018 by Ann Kelly

I doubt the kids will get as excited as you are anytime we mention heading back to school (less than a month). But this is what we wait for – the chance to save and pay no sales tax on a long list of supplies for the next school year. The dates for the back-to-school sales tax holiday have been announced, and the full list from the Florida Department of Revenue runs some four pages so take a look now and start working on a game plan for August 3rd through August 5th.

Page three through four are where [More]

Lend A Helping Paw

  • 9:02 am Thursday, July 12th, 2018 by Ann Kelly

How do you ever say no to a sweet little dog like Clover…and the entire Madeira Beach Fire Department? You don’t. I’ve told you Clover’s story before but in case you missed that, the short version is she survived a fire thanks to her Mom laying on top of the pups to protect them (cue tears). But Clover did suffer some injuries and to help cover her vet bills the MBFD is offering a special limited edition t-shirt. It was designed by the great folks at the MBFD to help their Suncoast Animal League alum and now official firehouse [More]

Turtle Nesting Season

  • 6:33 am Thursday, July 12th, 2018 by Ann Kelly

It’s nesting season on Florida beaches and we’ve already had at least one incident of damage done to a nest. Mote Marine Laboratory thinks poachers were trying to get to the eggs on Nokomis Beach and ran off before volunteers could get to them. If you see anyone doing damage to a nest please call the FWC’s wildlife alert hotline (888-404-FWCC (3922)) or your local sheriff’s department.

The Clearwater Marine Aquarium is always on guard against such incidents and has rescued and rehabilitated countless turtles and other sea life. I was fortunate enough to watch a release up on Clearwater [More]