By Pat Copeland
sun staff writer
The Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce is planning
to open an information center in the Anna Maria Island Historical
Museum in Anna Maria.
"There will be a desk with a phone that people can
call directly to the Chamber," President Mary Ann Brockman
explained. "There will be guidebooks and maps for them
to pick up, and it also will be manned by Chamber volunteers."
Sissy Quinn said she had spoken to Brockman about the information
center in December, when she took over as executive director
of the historical society, but was too busy to act on the
"Mary Ann asked me again recently and I contacted our
board members, who approved," Quinn said. "We
already have an old roll top desk to use and well
be working in the museum repainting, reorganizing and refreshing
the displays before the center is installed. We are hoping
to have it operational for season."
Brockman agreed and said she hoped to have the center open
prior to the Chambers Bayfest in October.
"Its an opportunity to give people more information
on the Island," Brockman said. "People dont
know were to go to get it and were trying to steer
them to the information center. Well have signs, so
people know where we are. Were excited about it."
Quinn said another advantage for visitors is that with the
added the Chamber volunteers, the museum can be open longer
Brockman said she is working with Bradenton Beach Mayor
John Chappie on another information center in that city.