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Date of Issue: April 07, 2005

'My Anna Maria Island dream vacation' - Tyler Ferrell
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I fished, swam, flew kites and played on the beach. I had the time of my life!

We had a great place to stay at Bali Hai thanks to Al Bouzianne and we were right on the beach. I buddied with the Privateers, who let me captain their big ship and we rode all the way to the end of the Island and back again. I took my family to dinner at the Sandbar with an escort of Privateers and another night we went to the Anna Maria Oyster Bar where they insisted we all take dessert home 'cause we were too stuffed to have it there.

My brothers and I wore chef hats and helped Chef Damon cook French toast at Ooh La La! and we all had a great lunch at his restaurant. Toby and I had our favorite meal - steak and mashed potatoes - and I had bordelaise sauce for the first time. Mmmmmm.

I saw dolphins and turtles and sharks at Mote and birds and gators at Jungle Gardens. We went fishing and sailing and I caught more fish than my daddy. I even took a break so he could catch some and Capt. Brandon Kelly and his crew on the Findango were terrific.

We all took lots and lots of photos thanks to The Islander and I'll never forget my trip or my new friends on Anna Maria Island. Everyone we met was really great. I loved my vacation and I just couldn't believe how great everyone was to me and my family on Anna Maria Island. There were so many things to do that we didn't get to do them all.

When we were getting ready to leave, my mom and dad said they felt like they had family here - and we're all coming back!

Thank you Anna Maria Island from me and Toby, Teddy "Bear" and my folks, Connie and Phillip Ferrell of Harts, W.Va.

Editor's note: Thanks to you Tyler and your family for becoming such great friends on your trip to Anna Maria Island. You're a brave young man with a heart of gold and we hope to see you back again soon. Tyler's vacation was sponsored by Kids Wish Network, a nationally recognized non-profit organization dedicated to infusing hope, creating happy memories, and improving the quality of life for children in need. He is 10 years old and suffers from a rare heart ailment.

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