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Date of Issue: December 30, 2009

2010 arrives with fireworks

The BeachHouse Restaurant will sponsor a midnight fireworks display in Bradenton Beach to usher in 2010.
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Islanders will usher in the new year with a blast on the beach, literally.

The BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach, will again host a fireworks display at midnight Dec. 31 to celebrate 2009 and welcome 2010.

The best viewing spot is on the beach near the restaurant, which also will host a New Year’s Eve party with live music, noisemakers and champagne toasts.

Most Island restaurants will be open for the holiday, serving dinner with noisemakers.

Venues celebrating New Year’s include:

Anna Maria

• Feeling Swell Surf Bar, 9903 Gulf Drive, will feature a performance by Koko Ray.

• Ginny’s and Jane E’s at the Old IGA will host its New Year’s Day flea market.

• Sign of the Mermaid, 9707 Gulf Drive, will offer brunch on New Year’s Day and dinner on New Year’s Eve.

• Rotten Ralph’s Restaurant, 902 S. Bay Blvd., will feature Jay Crawford performing on New Year’s Eve.

• Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., will hold continuous communion in the chapel from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.

• Slim’s Place, 9701 Gulf Drive, will offer live music on Dec. 31.

• The Waterfront Restaurant, 111 S. Bay Blvd., will serve dinner on New Year’s Eve.

Bradenton Beach

• Banana Cabana, 103 Gulf Drive, will feature three dinner seating’s on New Year’s Eve and live music by Doug Bidwell.

• The Gathering Place, 101 Seventh St. N., will offer dinner specials on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.

Holmes Beach

• The Beach Bistro, 6600 Gulf Drive, will serve dinner on New Year’s Eve.

• Cafe on the Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, will hold a New Year’s Eve party at 6 p.m.

• D.Coy Ducks, 5410 Marina Drive, will host the popular reggae-rock band Bootleg on New Year’s Eve.

• Da Giorgio Ristorante, 5702 Marina Drive, will serve dinner on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.

 • Havana Cabana, 5904 Marina Drive, will celebrate on New Year’s Eve with musician Berni Roy and happy hour prices.

• Old Hamburg Schnitzelhaus, 3246 E. Bay Drive, Holmes Beach, will be open for dinner from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

• Sharky’s, 2519 Gulf Drive N., will host a no cover New Year’s Eve party.

Longboat Key

• Harry’s Continental Kitchens, 525 St. Judes Drive, Longboat Key, will offer a three-course prix fixe dinner on New Year’s Eve.

• Tiny’s, 6825 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key, will hold a New Year’s Eve party with the Island Swing Band.

For revelers out after the stroke of midnight, Manatee County Area Transit will be operating the free trolley service — until there are no more people at the trolley stops.