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Date of Issue: February 04, 2009

Anna Maria named 'Lifetime' community

Thanks to the Florida Department of Elder Affairs, Anna Maria can now officially add the words “Community for a Lifetime” to its name.

The DEA last week recognized the city as the newest member of Florida’s “Communities for a Lifetime” initiative after the city commission Jan. 22 adopted a proclamation joining the statewide Elder Affairs effort.

Elder Affairs Secretary E. Douglas Beach said, “By partnering with the Department of Elder Affairs, Anna Maria has taken an important step to ensure that seniors will be able to enjoy countless benefits and an improved quality of life.”

Communities for a Lifetime initiative helps Florida communities and counties plan and implement improvements that benefit their residents of all ages, a DEA press release said.

“Communities use existing resources and state technical assistance to make improvements in housing, health care, transportation, accessibility, business partnerships, community education, employment, volunteer opportunities and recreation,” the release said.

Bradenton Beach became a participant in the program last year.

For more information on the initiative, go on the Internet to www.communitiesforalifetime.org, or www.elderaffairs.state.fl.us.