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Coquina Beach May 27, 2012

Posted by nrhatch in Art & Photography, Food & Drink, Nature.
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A few days ago, we attended the Grand Opening of the refurbished Coquina Beach Cafe.  Here’s an artist rendering of the Cafe & Deck by Judy Strom.

The Cafe is located a shell’s throw from the sparkling waters of the Gulf.

While listening to the obligatory (and somewhat self-congratulatory) speeches, we enjoyed complimentary hors d’oeuvres (Shrimp Tempura,  Coconut Shrimp, and Greek Salad) on the new ADA compliant deck.

The deck takes advantage of views and ocean breezes off the Gulf of Mexico.

After eating our fill, we wandered down the mile long pathway to the inlet.

Along the way, we spied an Osprey dining al fresco on sushi in a pine tree. 

We continued along the path until land and sky collided with the sea.

This bridge connects Anna Maria Island to its sister island, Longboat Key.

A shady path leads to the beach at the southern tip of Anna Maria Island.

Before retracing our steps home, we took one last look at the inlet.

And just beat the storm clouds as they rolled in across the Gulf.

Aah . . . that’s better!