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Date of Issue: October 08, 2008

Detour to Paradise

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The Islander staff invites you to join us on a Detour to Paradise as we ride out the closure of the Anna Maria Island Bridge through Nov. 13.

The bridge is closed. Traffic, depending on the hour, may be slow-moving on and off the other bridges at Cortez Road and Gulf Drive in Bradenton Beach and on Gulf Drive to Longboat Key.

But hey, this is an Island on the Gulf of Mexico, a place of good vibes and good times.

So, during the shutdown, put yourself on Island-time. Relax. Don’t worry. Be happy.

Oct. 8 – Oct. 14

Wednesday, Oct. 8: Take the “Detour to Paradise” and try a cheeseburger in paradise. Competition is good for business and good for the gut. Two Holmes Beach institutions are said to serve the best burgers on the Island — Skinny’s Place and Duffy’s Tavern. You be the judge. One at lunch. One at dinner.

Thursday, Oct. 9: Seriously trying to amend your carnivorous habits? One of the tastiest vegetarian dishes on the Island is the black beans and rice at Mr. Bones. Mmmm.

Friday, Oct. 10: Test your luck — and fill your belly — at a potluck dinner at 7 p.m. at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. A movie follows the feast.

Saturday, Oct. 11: Trolley along in the Trolley Scavenger Hunt from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 12: Baseball reaches a fever pitch in October, with the Major League Baseball pennant races and the World Series. Players on the field near Holmes Beach City Hall will be competing with a slightly bigger ball — and lesser stakes — in softball tournament.

Monday, Oct. 13: Today is Columbus Day. Might we suggest spending it the Island way — the Italian buffet at Cafe on the Beach, outdoor tunes and a sunset over the Gulf.

Tuesday, Oct. 14: Go dolphin watching. One of the best vantage points is Kingfish Boat Ramp off Manatee Avenue in Holmes Beach.

For a complete listing of events this week, turn to The Islander calendar.