Anna Maria, Florida

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Anna Maria, is a city in Manatee County, Florida, United States. The population was 1,814 at the 2000 census. According to the 2005 U.S. Census Bureau's estimates, the city grew slightly to 1,867.[3] The city occupies the northern part of Anna Maria Island and is one of three municipalities on the island. The others are Holmes Beach in the center and Bradenton Beach in the south.

Anna Maria is part of the BradentonSarasotaVenice Metropolitan Statistical Area.

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History

In 1892, George Emerson Bean homesteaded the north 160 acres (0.65 km2) of Anna Maria Island. After his death in 1898, the land went to his son, George Wilhelm Bean, who partnered with Charles Roser, a wealthy real estate developer from St. Petersburg, to form the Anna Maria Beach Company to develop the area.[4]

On September 10, 2006, an earthquake occurred in the Gulf of Mexico which was felt on the beach but caused no damage.

Geography

Anna Maria is located at 27°31′49″N 82°44′04″W / 27.530214°N 82.734370°W / 27.530214; -82.734370.[5]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.6 km² (1.0 mi²). 2.0 km² (0.8 mi²) of it is land and 0.5 km² (0.2 mi²) of it (21.21%) is water.

Name origin

Ponce de Leon was said to have named the island for Maria Anna von der Pfalz-Neuburg, the queen of Charles II of Spain, the sponsor of his expedition. In the past, pronunciation of the name differed: old timers said "Anna Mar-EYE-a," but most people today say "Anna Mar-EE-a." [6] According to a regional historian of note, Lillian Burns, the daughter of the early land developer, Owen Burns, the correct pronunciation of the name of the island by its early settlers was, an-na ma-rye-a, since it was named for the strong winds occurring in the area, using the German term for the wind, Maria.[7] This pronunciation may be heard in the popular song, They Call The Wind Maria, from the musical, Paint Your Wagon.

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