Riverhouse Owners Open Fratello’s Chicago Pizzeria in West Bradenton

BRADENTON, Fla. – Doug VanDerNoord and Peter VanDerNoord are excited to announce the grand opening of their second restaurant in Manatee County – Fratello’s Chicago Pizzeria.  The new restaurant is located in the Benderson-owned Shoppes at Paradise Bay at 7110 Cortez Rd. W., in Bradenton, FL.  The official opening was on Friday, Feb 27, 2015.Fratello's Chicago Pizzeria in Bradenton, FL

The VanDerNoord brothers are also the proprietors of the Riverhouse Reef & Grill, Riverhouse Banquets & Weddings and Regatta Pointe Marina – all located on the Palmetto side of the Manatee River. 

Fratello’s Chicago Pizzeria will fill the void created when regional chain Stonewood Grill & Tavern vacated the 5,760-square foot location in June of last year. Fratello’s (named for the Italian translation for “Brother”), will be the largest non-franchise,  locally-owned business in a plaza that prominently hosts national chains such as Bonefish Grill, Winn Dixie, First Watch and Marshall’s. 

“Anybody who lives in the Bradenton area has a vested interest in our community,” said Peter VanDerNoord. “We work here, play here, spend our money here, we send our kids to school here.  With locally owned businesses, not only do we understand our community and know its needs / market opportunities, but any profits from local businesses stay in our community.”

The VanDerNoord’s have a long history of successfully mixing business and family. Fratello’s represents the continuation of that family tradition.

“Our family has been in business for generations,” said Peter VanDerNoord.  “The businesses change, but the family environment does not.  We’re used to working as a family, and have the philosophy to work with and treat our employees as family.  This isn’t always perfect and working with family is often tough!  But our goal is to encourage one another, and see that all of our family members achieve their goals.”

The new restaurant offers a full Italian menu, in addition to the Chicago-style deep and thin crust pizza’s the Windy City is famous for perfecting.

Fratello’s hours of operation are 11:30am to 9pm Sun-Thurs and 11:30am to 10pm Fri & Sat.  The website is: www.FratellosBradenton.com.  The restaurant phone number is: 941-794-0300.

Powerboat Slips for Sarasota, Bradenton, Tampa Bay Boaters

Regatta Pointe Marina (on Tampa Bay’s Manatee River) is the first choice for the region’s large powerboat owners.  

Regatta Pointe Marina offers more amenities than any marina in this region, plus a quick fuel dock, and no bridges to the Gulf of Mexico and/or Tampa Bay.  Many powerboats qualify for special discounts.  Click below to request more information.

Amenities at each slip include:

  • Clean Running Water
  • Metered Electric
  • Sewer Pump Out
  • Dock Boxes
Other amenities:
  • Showers
  • 2 Club Houses with TV, Sofas, Tables
  • Exercise Facility
  • Monthly Resident Cookout
  • Heated Pool
  • Jacuzzi
  • Wireless Internet (Recreational use only)
  • Daily Garbage Pick Up
  • Shuttle Service to the Airports
  • Dock Carts
  • Ice
  • Coffee
  • Weekend Pastries
  • Newspaper – Bradenton Herald
  • Quarterly events given
  • Local boat service information provided at the Harbour Master’s Office

Superboats on Manatee River at 1st The Bradenton Area Riverwalk Regatta

The Manatee River will shake on Feb. 7, 2015 as the Superboats of Powerboat Superleague Racing headline the inaugural Bradenton Area Riverwalk Regatta.  
The Regatta will include an ALL FREE family festival of world-class entertainment and performances guaranteed to delight and thrill audiences of all ages including:

  • Hydro-cross jet ski
  • Concerts
  • Extreme pogo shows
  • BMX stunt performers
  • Food Festival
  • Kids Zone
  • Frisbee® dogs
  • Falcon 5K River Run & 1-Mile Fun Run

The city’s newest festival originated through Bradenton’s sister-city relationship with Pittsburgh, PA and the world famous Pittsburgh Three Rivers Regatta, the country’s largest inland regatta and top venue on the powerboat racing circuit. See below for a highlight glimpse of that event and a taste of what’s coming to the Bradenton Area!

Click here to visit the official event page on BACVB website.

More Manatee County Boaters Start 2015 at Regatta Pointe Marina

Regatta Pointe Marina is the preferred liveaboard and large boat marina in Manatee County (Bradenton, Lakewood Ranch & Palmetto), and 2014 was a banner year for the 350-slip facility. 

Regatta Pointe Marina

More than 50 long-term lease holders joined the Regatta Pointe Marina boating community in 2014, taking advantage of great slip rates and resort quality amenities.  These boaters enjoy the beautiful Manatee River setting, with quick access to major highways as well as no bridges to the Gulf of Mexico and Tampa Bay. 

The marina was host to many great events, including the annual Regatta Pointe Marina Nautical Expo in the spring, 2014 Summer Sailstice River Regatta, the Turkey Run Regatta, and many social functions hosted by Regatta Pointe Yacht Club.  Regatta Pointe Marina boaters were also able to take advantage of large community events held within walking distance, such as the DeSoto Seafood Festival, Taste of Manatee, the July 4th Fireworks & concert and the Holiday Boat Parade. 

With so much to do and see, it’s no wonder the readers of the Bradenton Herald selected Regatta Pointe Marina for the People’s Choice Award – Best Marina for the second consecutive year in 2014.  With even more planned in the month’s ahead, 2015 is going to be another great year at Regatta Pointe Marina.

Anchoring Laws in Florida May Be Tightening

Boaters in Florida may find the anchoring laws get tighter in the very near future. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission closed a public survey on Dec. 7, 2014 examining proposed changes to anchoring.

The FWC is examining new restrictions that could force anchored boats to move 150 feet offshore, ban boats “in a condition of disrepair or poor maintenance” or require that permanently anchored boats be moved several miles every few weeks. That could have a major impact on liveaboard boaters who choose not to dock at a liveaboard marina (like Regatta Pointe Marina). 

“Issues related to anchoring boats continue to be a challenge,” said Maj. Richard Moore of the FWC’s Boating and Waterways Section in a video placed on the FWC website.

“Boat owners, marina owners and owners of waterfront infrastructure constantly fear damage to their property when a thunderstorm blows through, because of the likelihood that boats anchored nearby may become adrift.”

The officer also cited complaints about popular water-skiing areas made unusable because of boats anchored there; “public nuisance” boats left to sink and become derelict; and boats anchored “for extended periods of time, a bit closer to waterfront residences than many people would agree is appropriate.”

According to Moore, there is no way to know when or in what form potential anchoring legislation could change.


Medicare Enrollment Ends Dec. 7: Speak to Leslee Vandegraft

Any Regatta Pointe Marina customers interested in exploring their Medicare options should be aware the end of the Annual Enrollment Period is this Sunday, December 7th. Leslee C Vandegraft is a resident of Regatta Pointe Marina and is available to answer any questions that you might have.

Please give her a call today to look into what your options are. There are multiple plans to choose from including plans for those with chronic conditions and even special plans available for people with Vet benefits that actually put some money back into your pocket each month while providing benefits over and above the VA.

Also, the Open Enrollment Period for ACA (Obamacare) is in full swing. In order to receive a 1/1/15 effective date you are required to enroll no later than 12/15/14. The Enrollment Period does continue until mid-February however the later that you wait the later it would take effect. The rates are dependent upon your projected 2015 income, how many are in your household and whether or not you are a smoker. There are NO HEALTH QUESTIONS. You may even be eligible for a $0 monthly premium plan while avoiding the 2015 penalty. The 2015 penalty is 2% of your total income or $325 per person, $162.50 per child (under 18) or a max of $975 per family whichever is greater for your 2015 tax return.  

Leslee is here to help you understand all of what seems too overwhelming and to try to put it into English! 

Please feel free to call Leslee or even shoot her a text.

Leslee C Vandegraft
L.C. Insurance Services
Independent  Agent
941-527-7686 or 812-216-7213
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Merry Christmas At Regatta Pointe Marina

Regatta Pointe Marina is very happy to be the preferred marina of Manatee County (Bradenton, Palmetto, Lakewood Ranch) boaters.  In 2014, dozens of new boaters joined our vibrant boating community and thousands more were customers of our ship store and other marina businesses.

We’d like to wish all of our customers, friends and fellow boaters a VERY merry Christmas!   

It’ll be another exciting Christmas at Regatta Pointe Marina. Here are some of the exciting events happening this holiday season:

HOLIDAY BOAT PARADE (Dec. 13): Our docks will be packed with onlookers enjoying the annual Holiday Boat Parade – organized by the Bradenton Yacht Club – as it comes east on the Manatee River and stops along our southern docks before turning along the Green Bridge and pivoting back to the west.  

CUSTOMER CHRISTMAS PARTY (Dec. 14): The party experts at the Riverhouse will host the Regatta Pointe Marina customer Christmas party in the Eagle’s Nest above the Riverhouse Reef & Grill.  There’ll be a cash bar and heavy appetizers provided.

KINDLE FIRE HDX GIVEAWAY/DRAWING (All month): New customers signing a new lease of at least 6 months will get a Kindle Fire HDX for FREE this month! CLICK HERE FOR MORE  For everyone else, you can get your free Kindle Fire HDX by entering and winning our drawing at the Regatta Pointe Marina ship store or on our Facebook page by CLICKING HERE


The Spanish Galley Now Open at Regatta Pointe Marina

Regatta Pointe Marina welcomes a new member to it’s business community – The Spanish Galley.  The Spanish Galley (located at the marina’s street entrance) offers groceries, home goods and spirits. 

Regatta Pointe Marina residents Lucy and Carlos Perez officially opened the Galley on Dec. 1, 2014.  As liveaboard residents, the Perez’s hope to help other liveaboard residents and marina customers fulfill their home need without regular trips to large grocery retails stores. 

Please stop in and help us welcome The Spanish Galley to Regatta Pointe Marina!!

The Spanish Galley at Regatta Pointe Marina

Free Kindle Fire HDX With Slip Lease – Holiday 2014

You give so much during the holidays.  But 2014 is your year to receive something incredible!  Regatta Pointe Marina is excited to announce we’ll be giving away Kindle Fire HDX’s this Christmas season with every new lease.

NEW CUSTOMERS: Sign a new slip lease of at least 6 months and fulfill the deposit requirements by Dec. 31, 2014, and we’ll give you a Kindle Fire HDX for FREE!  

Regatta Pointe Marina slips start at just $8 per foot. Our customers enjoy the most resort quality amenities (including a pool, hot tub, fitness center, boaters lounges, free WIFI, and more), and easy access to the Gulf of Mexico and Tampa Bay, free of any bridges. 

Join our boating community by the end of this year, and enjoy your a brand-new Kindle Fire HDX.  Just check out these special features:

  • Exclusive 7″ HDX display (1920×1200), high pixel density (323 PPI), and perfect color accuracy (100% sRGB) for vivid, lifelike images that go beyond standard HD
  • Ultra-fast 2.2GHz quad-core processor—3x more powerful than previous generation—with 2GB of RAM and Adreno 330 GPU for fast, fluid gaming and video
  • Introducing the “Mayday” button—revolutionary, on-device tech support, exclusive to Kindle Fire HDX tablets. Connect for free to an Amazon expert 24×7, 365 days a year
  • Stay productive on the go with ultra-fast web browsing, built-in OfficeSuite, and updated e-mail and calendar support for Gmail, Outlook, and more
  • Immersive entertainment experience—see trivia and character backgrounds with X-Ray for Movies and TV, follow along with lyrics with new X-Ray for Music, fling videos to your TV with Second Screen, and more
  • Over 100,000 apps and games available in the Amazon Appstore, including a new paid app for free every day

Speak to a member of our staff for questions and additional details (941) 729-6021.  CLICK HERE TO SUBMIT A SLIP QUOTE REQUEST NOW

DISCLAIMER: This promotional offer is for new customers signing a new lease.  Cannot be combined with other offers or discounts. Customers must fulfill deposit and insurance requirements. If you default on your lease, we reserve the right to apply the cost of your Kindle Fire HDX to your balance.