Holmes Beach, FL 34217, USA 941-780-1668
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The Privateers hold various activities throughout the year including: 4th of July parade, Christmas Parade, Thieves Markets, Poker Run, “Snooks” Adams Kids Day and many more.

A band of fun loving, hardworking pirates raising money for kids and community in Manatee County! A 501c3 Non-Profit Organization.

The privateers largest focus is a Scholarship Program open to students in Manatee County.

Members and the Krewe donate their time, hard work and money but have a lot of fun at the same time.

Membership is open to any and all over the age of 21….To become a Privateer, an individual must be sponsored by a current “black shirt” member. 

*If you need more information or have questions, would like to become a member or are interested in making a donation to the Anna Maria Island Privateers please visit our website by clicking the button above, or in the details tab here on the Pirate Directory.

Founded in 1971

Mission

  • To develop, promote and support activities for the betterment of youth and community in Manatee County.

Awards

  • Community Partners Award
  • Two Time Winner: Islanders of the Year Award

 


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Monday September 7th, 2020 - 8:15 am

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Right back at ya mates

Saturday September 5th, 2020 - 8:15 am

The 2020 Kentucky Derby, which was moved from the first Saturday in May to the first Saturday in September (Sept. 5, 2:30 p.m. ET, NBC) will be the race’s 146th edition—and possibly its most unique, since Churchill Downs will be fanless and jockeys will follow strict COVID-19 precautions, ... See MoreSee Less

The 2020 Kentucky Derby, which was moved from the first Saturday in May to the first Saturday in September (Sept. 5, 2:30 p.m. ET, NBC) will be the race’s 146th edition—and possibly its most unique, since Churchill Downs will be fanless and jockeys will follow strict COVID-19 precautions,

Friday September 4th, 2020 - 7:02 am

The Anna Maria Island Privateers welcome three (3) New Members to the Krewe.. (L to R) Valerie Mabry, Carmella Odriscoll & Jenn Schrader … Having Rec’d their Red Shirt Status and swearing to Uphold the By-Laws and Policy & Procedures of the AMI Privateers.. We Welcome them to our Krewe and working to fulfill or mission statement of “Pirates for Kids Community” as we are a Not-for Profit 501 © 3

Have you wondered what the Privateers were all about besides Pillage & Plundering, Would you like to give back to the community and help kids, If you would like to find out more and maybe even Join.. Your Invited to our Membership meetings held the 3rd Wednesday of every month… For more information visit our website amiprivateers.memberlodge.org/ “Join the Krewe”
Like & follow us on the Privateers Facebook page www.facebook.com/AnnaMariaIslandPrivateers
or e-mail [email protected]
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The Anna Maria Island Privateers welcome three (3) New Members to the Krewe.. (L to R) Valerie Mabry, Carmella Odriscoll & Jenn Schrader … Having Rec’d their Red Shirt Status and swearing to Uphold the By-Laws and Policy & Procedures of the AMI Privateers..  We Welcome them to our Krewe and working to fulfill or mission statement of “Pirates for Kids Community” as we are a Not-for Profit 501 © 3

Have you wondered what the Privateers were all about besides Pillage & Plundering, Would you like to give back to the community and help kids, If you would like to find out more and maybe even Join..    Your Invited to our Membership meetings held the 3rd Wednesday of every month… For more information visit our website http://amiprivateers.memberlodge.org/   “Join the Krewe”
Like & follow us on the Privateers Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/AnnaMariaIslandPrivateers
or e-mail Liaison@amiprivateers.org

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So proud of you little sis for being a joiner!!!

Wednesday September 2nd, 2020 - 10:30 am

Who: Anna Maria Island Privateers
What: Litter Free the Roadways of Holmes Beach on Anna Maria Island
Event Date: Saturday September 12th 7:30am
Where: Starts at Holmes Beach Dept. Of Public Works.. Port of the Pirate Ship “Skullywag” Why: AMI Privateers Mission of Helping Kids & Community..
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Come and join the Anna Maria Island Privateers in the Semi-Annual Keep Manatee Beautiful Coastal Clean-up Day.. Yes feel free to join the Pirates as we pick up Trash, Litter, Cigarette Butts and whatever else people have left beside our beloved roads on Anna Maria Island…We all Love our Island, be you a Residents, Day Trippers, Snowbird or Vacationer…Your all invited…
Meet the Privateers 7:30am September 12th at the Port of the 60ft Pirate Ship “Skullywag” in front of the Public works building on Marina Drive… Bring your Gloves….. Garbage Bags, Safety Vests and Pick-up Grabbers will be provided, Its only about an Hour and a half of you time to keep Manatee and our Island Beautiful… Need more info contact Privateer Terry “Cookie” Rapert at (941) 705-0199 / [email protected]…. Like and follow the Privateers on Facebook… www.facebook.com/AnnaMariaIslandPrivateers
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Who:     Anna Maria Island Privateers 
What:   Litter Free the Roadways of Holmes Beach on Anna Maria Island 
Event Date:  Saturday September 12th  7:30am 
Where: Starts at Holmes Beach Dept. Of Public Works.. Port of the Pirate Ship “Skullywag” Why: AMI Privateers Mission of Helping Kids & Community..
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Come and join the Anna Maria Island Privateers in the Semi-Annual Keep Manatee Beautiful Coastal Clean-up Day..   Yes feel free to join the Pirates as we pick up Trash, Litter, Cigarette Butts and whatever else people have left beside our beloved roads on Anna Maria Island…We all Love our Island,  be you a Residents, Day Trippers, Snowbird or Vacationer…Your all invited… 
Meet the Privateers 7:30am September 12th at the Port of the 60ft Pirate Ship “Skullywag” in front of the Public works building on Marina Drive… Bring your Gloves….. Garbage Bags, Safety Vests and Pick-up Grabbers will be provided, Its only about an Hour and a half of you time to keep Manatee and our Island  Beautiful…  Need more info contact Privateer Terry “Cookie” Rapert at (941) 705-0199 / moespride@verizion.net…. Like and follow the Privateers on Facebook…  https://www.facebook.com/AnnaMariaIslandPrivateers

Wednesday September 2nd, 2020 - 10:14 am

The story of how our beloved Skullywag came to be. Did you know it was originally called the Mystic Lady?

“THE BOAT FLOATS” A New Ship for the Anna Maria Island Privateers

The Anna Maria Privateers have a new Ship. After 25 years of being towed to parades and charity functions on the West Coast of Florida the old ship was getting rather shabby. The membership decided last June they needed a new float. Their old ship had to be retired.

Mitch Stewart, Pres. and Jim Hungerford one of the earliest members of the Privateers told the membership that a new float was needed, had to accommodate all the members and be motorized, not towed like the old ship. The biggest obstacle of designing and building it proved not a problem. Jim Hungerford asked Alan Fowler of Fowler Marine Inc. in Palmetto, whom he has worked for the past 15 years for help. Fowler Marine Inc. normally designs and builds the mechanical propulsion systems for boats. They build just about anything out of fiberglass you can think of and Alan Fowler agreed to help. Some drawings were made using a school bus chassis and showed them to the membership. From there they started talking money, a fundraiser committee was formed, and plans formalized.

On September 9, 2000 the Privateer Krewe kicked off their first fundraiser for “Float the Boat” at the Palmetto Fair Grounds. From “Mullet Smokes” done every few weeks October through December, and other benefits, the Privateers Raised over $30,000.00.

On September 23, a contingent of Privateers led by Bruce “Mate” Witton, Sec. of the Privateers, Jim Hungerford, and Alan Fowler went to Tampa looking for school buses. They found the one they liked at Shumate Truck Sales, it was a 1984 Blue Bird Diesel 44 passenger retired Hillsborough Co. school bus. A deal was made for $3,500.00 and by weeks end the bus was delivered to Fowler Marine in Palmetto.

That’s when the fun began; cutting, disassembling, and discarding school bus parts.
The Privateers formed a work party and removed all the seats and windows. Fowler Marine officially started work Nov. 1 when the top and the back were cut off. The drivers compartment on the new float is forward of the front wheels, this allows a deck over the driver for the Krewe to stand and throw beads from. To do this a small truck cab was gotten at the junk yard and welded on in front of the diesel engine and front axle. All the steering mechanism, air brakes, instrumentation, and controls had to be moved 14 ft. from where they were on the bus. Once the mechanical changes were done the decks and outer skin were installed. In hope of having the new ship last as long as the old ship, all the materials used to build it were picked for low maintenance and longevity. Fiberglass molds were used to give the outer skin the texture of old wood grain. The gel coat finish is the same used on boats and should not need anything but washing for many years. The decks are galvanize square tubing covered with Pressure Treated lumber to make them last. The aft cabin, used for changing clothes and traveling to parades, is part of the original bus cut off and welded on, lower to the ground. It is air conditioned and has a separate head (toilet) with a 50 gal. holding tank. Privateer work crews spent several weekends installing and staining the finishing trim.

On January 27, a little over three months after starting, forty two pirates and their guests boarded the ship to make its maiden voyage to the “Gasparilla Invasions Parade” in Tampa the day before Super Bowl Sunday. Members of other Krewes boarded the ship and all had a good time. The ship returned to Palmetto for some finishing touches, a working Crow’s Nest that carries a Privateer to as high as 24’ above the road (has to be lowered for low bridges and lights) and additional cannons on the sides.

The new Privateers ship (Float) to be named “THE MYSTIC LADY” in honor of the Inland waterway where she comes from is over 50’ long, 10’ wide and 12’ tall (with the Crow’s Nest down), can carry a crew of over 50 people on her decks with eight main cannons (4 per side) and 4 rail cannons. She will be used for many a parade and charity benefits in the Tampa Bay area.

The old Float was sold to a new Krewe formed in Tampa this year “The Mosquito Coast Pirates”. They picked it up March 10, 2001. They plan to refit her with new paint and rigging. We hope to see her again at the many parades and functions in the Tampa Bay Area.

The Anna Maria Privateers wish to thank all the people who donated, bought Mullet at our Mullet Smokes and attended our fund raisers. We expressly want to thank Pat Geyer of Duffy’s Tavern, the manager of The Island Publix for allowing us to use their parking lot for our Smokes, and Jan Holman of the “SEA HAG” Nautical Antique and Gift Shop in Cortez for her donation of the ship wheel and use of the “MER-MAID” under our Bowsprit and all who worked behind the scenes to support us.
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Wednesday September 2nd, 2020 - 7:52 am

Please keep our beautiful Island and beaches clean. It's all our responsibilities.Earlier in the week, our Anna Maria Island Unit deputies picked up all of this trash and equipment that was left behind over the weekend. We're blessed with some of Florida's most beautiful beaches on Anna Maria Island, but it is our responsibility to keep them that way and protect the wildlife we share this space with. Please use the recycling bins located at each beach access and never leave your beach furniture behind. #KeepManateeBeautiful #AMI #Recycle ... See MoreSee Less

Please keep our beautiful Island and beaches clean. Its all our responsibilities.

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There will be a beach cleanup Tuesday the 8th with #keepmanateebeautiful. Maybe if everyone picks up their own things this weekend it won't take long on Tues!

Absolutely disgusting these people come down here and rec our beautiful beaches like they do... stay home& wreck your own house..

I walk a section of Holmes Beach and Bradenton Beach almost every day and pick up trash. Been doing it for years. This year is the first that these tent frames are left behind. I have counted about a dozen in the last 3 months. Sometimes they sit abandoned over a week. Turtle Watch will drag them to the dunes edge on hope a turtle is not caught. If whichever municipality code enforcement doesn't have them removed (and I can attest they don't), then the Manatee County tractor will drag them to the municipality public beach they were left on for pickup and removal. Covid masks are the new beach litter as well. Go figure 🤔.

These damn litterbugs need a kick in the ass !

Monday August 31st, 2020 - 8:15 am

Privateers Present the 2019/2020 Privateers Scholarship Winners
Who: Anna Maria Island Privateers
What: 2019/2020 Scholarship Winners
Why: AMI Privateers Mission of Helping Kids & Community..
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Arrrg let it be known that the Anna Maria Island Privateers, a nonprofit 501(c)3, will be Sending out the Scholarship Winners Checks… Due to the Covid-19 it was a Bleak Time to try and raise funds.. Many fundraisers had to be cancelled due to social distancing, lockdown, closed business and stay at home orders.. However we were still able to raise $12,400.00 and help seven (7) students for their Continuing education. There was No Public Presentation or Photo Op to be taken, but we are excited to introduce our Scholarship Winners..

Anthony Cucci - Whitey Horton Scholarship – Florida State University, Tallahassee.
Ivelina Kioutchoukova - Sandpiper Resort Scholarship – University of Florida, Gainesville.
Eryn LaLonde - Shiprek Scholarship – University of Central Florida, Orlando.
Hannah Vreman – AMIP Scholarship – Palm Beach Atlantic University, West Palm Beach.
Dylan Joseph - AMIP Scholarship – State College of Florida, Bradenton.
Aaliyah Everette - AMIP Scholarship – University of South Florida, Orlando.
Arthur Bellamy - AMIP Scholarship – State College of Florida, Bradenton.

Thank you to all the Community who support the Privateers to accomplish their mission statement of “Privateers for Kids & Community”…
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Privateers Present the 2019/2020 Privateers Scholarship Winners  
Who:     Anna Maria Island Privateers 
What:   2019/2020 Scholarship Winners 
Why: AMI Privateers Mission of Helping Kids & Community..
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Arrrg let it be known that the Anna Maria Island Privateers, a nonprofit 501(c)3, will be Sending out the Scholarship Winners Checks…   Due to the Covid-19 it was a Bleak Time to try and raise funds..  Many fundraisers had to be cancelled due to social distancing, lockdown, closed business and stay at home orders..  However we were still able to raise $12,400.00 and help seven (7) students for their Continuing education. There was No Public Presentation or Photo Op to be taken, but we are excited to introduce our Scholarship Winners.. 

Anthony Cucci - Whitey Horton Scholarship – Florida State University, Tallahassee.
Ivelina Kioutchoukova - Sandpiper Resort Scholarship – University of Florida, Gainesville.
Eryn LaLonde - Shiprek Scholarship – University of Central Florida, Orlando.
Hannah Vreman – AMIP Scholarship – Palm Beach Atlantic University, West Palm Beach.
Dylan Joseph - AMIP Scholarship – State College of Florida, Bradenton.
Aaliyah Everette - AMIP Scholarship – University of South Florida, Orlando.
Arthur Bellamy - AMIP Scholarship – State College of Florida, Bradenton.

Thank you to all the Community who support the Privateers to accomplish their mission statement of “Privateers for Kids & Community”…

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Great job, mates!!

Great job!

^^^^what she said.

Awesome job!!

Should have pointed down %

Very proud!!

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Saturday August 29th, 2020 - 8:30 am

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Friday August 28th, 2020 - 6:10 pm

Come join the AMI Privateers at the coastal cleanup! Sept 12th at 8:00am. Meet us in front of Station 3 on Marina Drive as we help keep Anna Maria Island Beautiful! #amiprivateers #keepmanateebeautiful ... See MoreSee Less

Thursday August 27th, 2020 - 8:30 am

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Yar be Warned I Say....

Thursday August 27th, 2020 - 7:40 am

DAILY SPECIALS!!!

Come enjoy our spacious outdoor beach front patio. Tables spread apart for your safety!

🍹 🌮 🍔 🐟 🍟

Now through September - Just show this post when you place your order!

Toes in the sand dining - Tiki bar - Live music

See you at the cafe!
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Tuesday August 25th, 2020 - 8:36 am

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Monday August 24th, 2020 - 10:31 am

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Friday August 21st, 2020 - 8:00 am

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Anna Maria Island Privateers updated their cover photo.
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Thursday August 20th, 2020 - 3:37 pm

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Anna Maria Island Privateers updated their cover photo.
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Thursday August 20th, 2020 - 3:32 pm

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Thursday August 20th, 2020 - 8:09 am

** Press Release **
Who: Anna Maria Island Privateers
What: Newly Elected Board of Directors
Where: Kingdom of Anna Maria
When: The Year 20/21
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Be it know to one and all, as the Anna Maria Island Privateers begin to set Sail into their 50th Year on Anna Maria Island…
A New Board of Directors have been Elected to once again steer the Skullywag on the Waters of Manatee County with-in the Kingdom of Anna Maria to promote our Missions Statement of “Pirates for Kids and Community..
Let me introduce the New Board…
President: Kim “Syren” Boyd
Vice resident: Travis “Sidekick” Sparkman
Secretary: Melissa “Dona Bella” Gunther
Treasure: Mary “Xena” Lehrman
Captain: Jamie “1-Eye” Van Deusen
Past President: Mary Ann “MAZ” Zyla
Liaison Officer: Tim “Hammer” Thompson

Pictured from Left to Right;
Sidekick, Dona Bella, Xene, Syren, 1-Eye, MAZ, Hammer
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**  Press Release  **
Who: Anna Maria Island Privateers
What: Newly Elected Board of Directors
Where: Kingdom of Anna Maria
When: The Year 20/21
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Be it know to one and all, as the Anna Maria Island Privateers begin to set Sail into their 50th Year on Anna Maria Island… 
A New Board of Directors have been Elected  to once again steer the Skullywag on the Waters of Manatee County with-in the Kingdom of Anna Maria  to promote our Missions Statement of “Pirates for Kids and Community..
Let me introduce the New Board…
President: Kim “Syren” Boyd
Vice resident: Travis “Sidekick” Sparkman
Secretary: Melissa “Dona Bella” Gunther
Treasure: Mary “Xena” Lehrman
Captain: Jamie “1-Eye” Van Deusen
Past President: Mary Ann “MAZ” Zyla
Liaison Officer: Tim “Hammer” Thompson

Pictured from Left to Right;
Sidekick, Dona Bella, Xene, Syren, 1-Eye, MAZ, Hammer

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True pirates! No masks!

Congrats to a great board and a greater year to come

Great group of people right there!!!☠☠☠☠☠☠☠

Congrats to the new board and best wishes for a awesome successful year!

Great Looking Group There.

Congrats

Awesome

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Wednesday August 19th, 2020 - 9:54 am

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