Islandwide study prep? Check

The Anna Maria Island Urban Land Institute committee’s all-about-Anna Maria Island briefing book is finished, and on its way to the study-group panelists.

The briefing book is a synopsis of Anna Maria Island; its past and present demographics and land uses, transportation, housing, development, economics and local government, among other topics.

Committee members spent several weeks cramming to finish the 76-page book plus an addendum of maps and graphics by deadline. The ULI panelists will familiarize themselves with the contents before the weeklong study on the island begins.

The study is scheduled to take place the week of Feb. 22, when the panelist will arrive to interview people and tour the island. The panel also will review land-use maps, comprehensive plans and land development codes.

The groups will focus on answering the questions drafted by the committee. At the end of the week, the panel will produce a report, with findings and recommendations.

The panelists names and biographies are available online. Their expertise includes real estate analysts, architects, marketing, economics, community development and transportation consulting.

To view the panelists’ biographies, the committee questions and other ULI information, go online to

The ULI is a nonprofit education and research organization focused on land use. Manatee County is paying $130,000 for the study from its beach concession funds.