Just 4 Fun - check this place out
SUN PHOTO/LOUISE BOLGER
Left to right, Alex Klotz, Petra and
Joe Praetor and Rhonda Sole are ready to show you some fun.
Wikipedia tells me fun is the "expenditure of time designed for therapeutic refreshment," quite a mouthful for what passes as having a good time on Anna Maria. Never the less, if you want to maximize your therapeutic refreshment, zip on over to Just 4 Fun in Holmes Beach, the new fun place on the Island.
After years of traveling to Anna Maria Island from Germany for vacation, Joe and Petra Praetor decided to make the Island their permanent home in April of last year. Although Joe Praetor loved the Island and its casual lifestyle, he felt that after a busy career in Europe running an electrical company and sailing the Mediterranean Sea and Atlantic Ocean, full retirement wasn’t for him. So last December the Praetor’s opened Just 4 Fun rentals and quickly discovered just how busy and fun retirement can be.
Just 4 Fun rents bikes, kayaks and boats with a sprinkling of other fun items, but within those categories, there’s a lot going on.
If you want to rent a bike you have a menu of choices starting with standard adult cruiser bikes, children’s bikes, tricycles, tandem and mountain bikes, hitch hikers for children, child carriers and infant seats. All bikes come with complimentary helmets and locks. Prices start at $10 per day and $40 per week for standard bikes. Free pickup and delivery service is available.
Single kayak rentals are $25 per day and double kayaks are $40 per day with weekly rates available. Free pickup and delivery service to your home or Robinson Preserve and life jackets are also provided.
Just 4 Fun has the only power boat rentals available on Anna Maria, with two currently in their inventory. A 17-foot fishing boat renting for $150 per day or $570 per week, and a 21-foot bow rider renting for $200 a day or $660 a week. Fuel and oil is additional. In order to rent one of Just 4 Fun’s boats you must be at least 21 years of age and pass muster with Captain Joe Praetor.
The inventory at Just 4 Fun is changing and expanding every day with its latest rental being an Italian Sun Bed renting for $10 a day, but the really big news is arriving shortly. Joe Praetor is putting the finishing touches on arranging for the rental of golf carts on the Island. His plan is to start with two renting for $250 per week and expand the service as needed.
The Praetors both work in the business, right alongside Rhonda Sole and Alex Klotz, who run the shop, with Joe Praetor making most of the deliveries. In addition to good service and quality rentals, the Praetors offer package rentals for visitors. Bikes, kayaks, power boats and soon golf carts can be rented as a package on a daily, weekly or monthly basis.
Everyone needs a little therapy now and then, and having a great time with a few belly laughs is one of the best ways to get it. Just 4 Fun is ready with the fun equipment. You provide the laughs; refreshments are optional.
JUST 4 FUN
5343 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach
9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily
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