The Anna Maria Island Privateers invaded the Manatee County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday, Jan. 11, and received a proclamation of support for their 40th anniversary from the commissioners, without having to take hostages.
Former Bradenton Beach Mayor and County Commissioner John Chappie read the proclamation after former Holmes Beach and County Commissioner Carol Whitmore, whose father had been a Privateer, introduced them.
"Watch it, some people might not know how to take you," she teased after a few of the pirates let out with "arrrghs."
The Privateers thanked the commissioners as they left the meeting room, returning to the Island where they have been ransacking Island residents and visitors for years in order to provide local college students with scholarships. The Privateers are celebrating their 40th anniversary with special events during the year in addition to their thieves' markets during season, the Snooks Adams Kids' Day, and their Fourth of July and Christmas parades.
Nobody knows where the band of pirates might go next, but you can count on the Privateers to continue to help out kids, all in the name of fun.