Waterline Set at Holmes Beach amidst Drive on Sustainable Tourism


SARASOTA, FLORIDA, November 28, 2017 – Realtors who specialize in homes for sale in Anna Maria may soon be engaging potential buyers booked at the Waterline Marina Resort and Beach Club. This new resort is set for a soft opening on November 29 and has already been accepting reservations from December 15 onwards.

The Waterline is located at 5325 Marina Drive with its site on the northwest corner this road’s intersection with Gulf Drive. It features 37 two-bedroom units with kitchens and 2,000 square feet of meeting space. Its other amenities include a restaurant, a swimming pool and 50-slip marina.

This $29 million resort is a project of Mainsail Development of Tampa which builds and operates hotels and corporate furnished housing in several U.S. markets. This developer has already secured for Waterline a temporary certificate of occupancy on October 26, but it still needs a full certificate of occupancy before the resort can accommodate guests. The life safety system for the property was approved in August by West Manatee Fire Rescue District officials.

At least four opening dates have been projected for Waterline earlier this year, but some construction delays led to postponements. Resort officials are hopeful this time though that the December opening will finally push through.

Showcase on Sustainable Tourism

Blue Community Conference

It would’ve been quite auspicious if Waterline had been ready towards end-October. The resort would have been in a position to tap some marketing mileage from Anna Maria Island’s hosting of the United Nations World Tourism Organization Blue Community Conference held October 26–29.

Be that as it may, the island surely came out a winner in this international gathering. It was able to present itself in this four-day event as one of the best local examples in sustainable tourism, a tack in the island’s travel industry which certainly also help boost the marketability of Anna Maria homes for sale.

Anna Maria’s showcase for this conference was its restoration project at Pine Avenue which incidentally is just across the coveted residences of the community of Lake La Vista. Under this restoration project, which was initiated by local restaurateur Ed Chiles, 11 multi-use buildings on Pine Avenue have been certified under LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design).

Blue Community Crusade

easy access to the Intracoastal Waterway

This restoration project was implemented under the Blue Community Sustainable Tourism Observatory which provides coastal communities the opportunity to showcase their initiatives and share their learning not only on sustainable tourism. The Blue Community Consortium also provides the venue to present work on protecting our oceans and promoting its sustainability.

Besides the city of Anna Maria, the local Blue Community areas also include the cities of Holmes Beach and Bradenton Beach, Longboat Key, Robinson Preserve and the historic Cortez fishing village.

Active participation in the Blue Community endeavors is a must for cities like Holmes Beach, the largest of the three island communities in Anna Maria Island. This city, bordered on the north by Anna Maria and on the south by Bradenton Beach, has three miles of pristine white, sandy beaches that requires protection and sustainable development.

Holmes Beach towards east also provides easy access to the Intracoastal Waterway traversing Anna Maria Sound. This feature, which shall be very much part of the island lifestyle soon available at the city’s new Waterline Marina Resort and Beach Club, for sure needs to be sustainably maintained for both tourists and residents.