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Date of Issue: September 17, 2008

Take a Detour to Paradise

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The Islander invites readers to join us on a Detour to Paradise as we ride out the Sept. 29-Nov. 13 closure of the Anna Maria Island Bridge.

Sure, the bridge will be closed for 45 days. And traffic, depending on the hour, may be moving slow on and off the other bridges at Cortez Road and along Gulf Drive in Bradenton Beach and on Gulf Drive leading to Longboat Key.

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

And we encourage readers to watch in the coming weeks for our ideas about how to make the most out of the 45-day wait.

Take the detour to paradise.