Published on : Friday, October 27, 2017
Anna Maria Island has been the ideal backdrop and also a fantastic instance of sustainable tourism as the United Nations World Tourism Organization Blue Community Conference that kicked started off Thursday.
The conference is a four-day event.
It is in fact, a part of the United Nations International Year for Sustainable Development portraying the best practices of sustainable tourism that are being implemented by Blue Community Sustainable Tourism Observatory that comprised the cities of Holmes Beach, Anna Maria, Bradenton Beach, Longboat Key and also Robinson Reserve and the Cortez fishing village.
On Thursday the participants of the conference included government officials who spent a major part of the day learning about the Pine Avenue Restoration Project in Anna Maria and later touring it.
This project was actually initiated by Ed Chiles the restaurant owner and includes 11 multi-purpose buildings on Pine Avenue that have been LEED that is Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certified.
The participants had assembled to share their best takeaways from the day before enjoying dinner at the Beach House that is a part of the Chiles Restaurant Group.
For many like Bradenton Beach Mayor William Shearon the physical tour of the Pine Avenue Restoration Project was the most intriguing part of the day. The conference is being hosted by the United Nations World Tourism Organization Blue Community Consortium, Patel College of Global Sustainability at the University of Florida, Tampa campus and the Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors Bureau.