Long table sponsors, patrons fight red tide, think ‘positive’

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Long table sponsors, patrons fight red tide, think ‘positive’ Diners gather Aug. 26 on the beach at the Sandbar Restaurant, 100 Spring Ave., Anna Maria, for a “long table” five-course dinner and to raise money to benefit START/Solutions To Avoid Red Tide, an organization dedicated to red tide research, and Mote Marine Laboratory. The cooperating businesses also sought to bring awareness to the ongoing spirit of camaraderie and support for employees and small businesses that experience the negative effects of red tide during the slowest months of the year. Sponsors of the event were the Sandbar, Visit Florida, Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, Darwin Brewing, Anna Maria Island Oyster Bar, Blue Marlin, Dry Dock Grill, Seafood Shack, Swordfish Grill, the Waterfront Restaurant, Southern Glazers Wine and Spirits, Gold Coast Eagle Distributing and the Bradenton Herald. Islander Photo: Jack Elka
Diners gather Aug. 26 on the beach at the Sandbar Restaurant, 100 Spring Ave., Anna Maria, for a “long table” five-course dinner and to raise money to benefit red tide research by START/Solutions To Avoid Red Tide and Mote Marine Laboratory. Sponsors included the Sandbar, Visit Florida, Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, Darwin Brewing, Anna Maria Island Oyster Bar, Blue Marlin, Dry Dock Grill, Seafood Shack, Swordfish Grill, the Waterfront Restaurant, Southern Glazers Wine and Spirits, Gold Coast Eagle Distributing and the Bradenton Herald. Islander Photo: Courtesy Paul Foster/Ginny’s and Jane E’s at the Old IGA
Diners raise a toast Aug. 26 at the Save our Shores Long Table Dinner on the beach at the Sandbar Restaurant, Anna Maria. The sold-out event attended by more than 160 people was a collaboration between seven local restaurants and beverage wholesalers, Visit Florida, and other local sponsors. All proceeds from the dinner will go to Mote Marine red tide research and START/Solutions to Avoid Red Tide. Islander Photo: Karen Riley Love

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