Green Development on Florida Anna Maria Island

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Pineapplefish on Anna Maria Island

Mike and Lizzie Thrasher discovered the 100-year-old Island City of Anna Maria in 2005 on a vacation.  Since then they have spent most of the past five years developing seven luxury vacation villas under the Pineapplefish name.

Pineapplefish is a collection of 7 luxury villas (Honeyfish, Limefish, Cherryfish, Chillifish, Plumfish, Lemonfish and Berryfish) on Anna Maria Island, re-developed by British couple Mike and Lizzie Thrasher.  Each home is unique, luxurious and stylish, and has been chosen for their fantastic, often waterfront locations with breathtaking views.

In addition to the luxury villas, the Thrashers have also begun to invest in Pine Avenue – ‘Main Street’ for Anna Maria Island city, where they are looking to restore and renew some of the historic island cottages and group them into a Green Village.

The first project was the revival of Beach Bums, an Island Rental store that makes bikes, kayaks and other equipment available to the local population and holidaymakers.  After an initial investment, locals Lauren Sato and Diane Havelka have taken over the business.

The second project, to revive the Anna Maria General Store, began earlier this year. Working with local people to restore the building and renew the business – the only independent grocery store on Anna Maria Island – the store has undergone a transformation.  The plan here is to pass it over later in the year to Brian Seymour, an Island local and the Store Manager.

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This kind of ‘revive, restore and create local businesses’ has attracted interest from locals who would like to develop an Island Microbrewery and Island Kitchen (bakery, Italian foods) elsewhere in Anna Maria Island. But the most challenging development is yet to come.

The final vision and objective is to utilize the other undeveloped plots to showcase ‘Old’ Florida, reviving derelict buildings and giving them a new life as well as encourage people to travel from one end of Pine Avenue to the other on foot, by bike, or Golf Car. The final project is known as The Anna Maria Historic Green Village; over 8,000 square foot of buildings across four lots, including 3 historic buildings, one of which is a 1935 Sears Catalog cottage and the remainder built in 1911 and 1915.

The design and style of the Anna Maria Historic Village Green will mirror the historic buildings in both scale and styling but will all be subject to some modern improvements, most notably solar and ground heat pumps, so that the complete development will be powered by green electricity.

“We are so passionate about Anna Maria Island and the wonderful community here.  We are dedicated to creating useful businesses, in appealing buildings, run by green energy, with an end vision to pass them onto the local people here to own and run.  We would like to see Anna Maria work for everyone,” said Lizzie Thrasher.

Anna Maria Historic Green Village will be open to the public by Spring 2011.



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