SUN PHOTO/LOUISE BOLGER
From left, Darrell Kee and Bill Staley greet cusotmers
at Beach Bum Billy�s.
By Louise Bolger
sun staff writer
If your greatest aspiration in life is to be a beach
bum and you live or visit Anna Maria Island, you've landed
in the right place. At least that's what Bill and Linda
Staley think. After living their "real" life in Brandon
from Monday to Friday, on weekends they head to their
second home and shop in Anna Maria transforming into beach
Bill Staley purchased Beach Bum Billy's in July of 2005,
after eighteen years of visiting and enjoying Anna Maria's
laid-back lifestyle. He offers just about everything you
need to make your vacation complete, entertain your winter
visitors or remind you that you still live on an island.
Beach Bum Billy's is more than just a place to rent bikes
and kayaks. You can buy all kinds of beach supplies, skim
boards, chairs, umbrellas, snorkel gear, sandals, float
toys, cameras, gifts, T-shirts and hats and even cold
drinks. The Staleys can also arrange a sailing or fishing
charter as well as trips to Egmont Key and as they say
much, much more.
If it is a bike or kayak you want, they have very flexible
rental arrangements, and best of all, they have a complimentary
delivery service. Kayaks can be rented for a half or full
day, weekly or monthly. Bikes can be rented hourly to
monthly. Beach Bum Billy's will also take your picture
and post it to MySpace.com, so everyone can see what a
great time you're having. There also are gift certificates,
a great birthday or anniversary present for some of your
During the week, Darrell Kee and Ryan Stroh run the shop,
and Staley makes the point of saying they all go out of
their way to serve their customers, many of whom keep
coming back year after year. In fact, Staley is so happy
with the way his business has grown that he is making
plans for another location in the near future.
As Bill Staley says, "we run a user friendly beach shop,
that's convenient, fair and flexible. What better way
to spend your day than helping people have a good time."
Beach Bum Billy's will provide the right "stuff" to make
your time on the Island fun or the next time the urge
to be a beach bum strikes.
Beach Bum Billy's
Island Beach Store
427 Pine Avenue
9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily
Major credit cards accepted