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Village to house Angler’s Lodge

By Rick Catlin, Islander Reporter

The Angler’s Lodge north of the humpback bridge on Bay Boulevard, built around 1915, will soon have a new home at the Anna Maria Historic Green Village on Pine Avenue. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin

Anna Maria developers Mike and Lizzie Vann Thrasher recently revised their plans at the Anna Maria Historic Green Village on Pine Avenue to include a place for the Angler’s Lodge, village manager Katie Wight said.

The lodge, now at 115 N. Bay Blvd., was built around 1914-15, according to Sissy Quinn, president of the Anna Maria Island Preservation Trust. The lodge owner, Agie Hebebrand, recently donated the building to the trust to be preserved and maintained as a historic structure.

Lizzie Vann Thrasher said moving the Angler’s Lodge to the village would be “a major task, but we think it’s worth every effort to ensure that it remains part of Anna Maria’s future history.”

The village already is host to the Rosedale cottage, built at the site in 1915, and a Sears catalog kit home, built around 1935 and relocated from another site on Pine Avenue.

The Sears home was moved to the historic village at 503 Pine Ave. last year.

Lizzie Vann Thrasher said she did not yet have a plan for the Angler’s Lodge move.

The Angler’s Lodge is a “beautiful building that we felt deserved a place in our historic green village,” she said.

Quinn thanked the Thrashers for their interest in Anna Maria history and for accepting the Angler’s Lodge at their development.

The Anna Maria Historic Green Village is scheduled to open its first building in April, Wight said.

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