Bradenton Beach

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Bradenton Beach

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27°28′N, 82°41.7′W
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Access to Bradenton Beach is tricky and the shoals move frequently. Mariners without local knowledge should not attempt entry. A narrow channel from the Gulf at the south end of Anna Maria Island features rapid currents and a narrow single leaf drawbridge. After approaching the drawbridge from the Gulf, you will find a wide sandbar unless you make a hard left or hard right which puts you perpendicular to the fast floor or ebb flow! Good Luck

At the north end of Anna Maria, one will find the remants of Passage Key which has been destroyed by storms and is now just a sandbar exposed only at low tide.

The simple approach is the excellent channel into Tampa Bay just north of Egmont Key, which has heavy shipping use but is deep outside the channel after getting east of Egmont.


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  • Best anchorage in this area is the mooring field off Cortez south of the drawbridge or on the north side of the Manatee River, just west of McKay point. Extensive shallows exist on either side of the River until you pass Emerson Point (the western tip of Snead Island).

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  • Downtown Bradenton Farmers' Market. Location: Downtown Bradenton, Old Main Street (12th Street West), Bradenton, Florida 34205. October through May, Saturdays, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Contact Information: Susan Blake, Market Manager, 101 Old Main St. - City Hall, Bradenton, Florida 34205. Telephone: (941) 544-8077, Fax: (941) 932-9552 Email





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{{Reference|Rod Heikel|Greek Waters Pilot|Imray Laurie and Wilson, Cambridgeshire|9780852889718}}, expands to
Rod Heikell, Greek Waters Pilot Imray, Laurie and Wilson, Cambridgeshire, ISBN 9780852889718
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