Located just west of the Manatee County coast, Anna Maria Island is seven miles of vacation paradise. The island had humble beginnings and was primarily used by nautical types. However, a bridge connecting Anna Maria Island to Florida was constructed during the 1920s. This led to a huge increase in traffic from the mainland to the island. As more and more tourists began to visit the area it also attracted notable business owners. It wasn't long before the Anna Maria Key became one of the leading tourist destinations in the state.