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The cheery back porch overlooks a riot of tropical greenery.

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The Ship Room is where the grandsons stay during frequent sleepovers.

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Original beadboard walls and comfy, seashore-inspired furnishings create a homey feeling at Pine Cottage.

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Friends and family gather for meals and social time around the farmhouse table.

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Old wood from a friend’s beach house was used to make the kitchen cabinets.

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House rule: the grandkids shower outdoors in the summer, and they love it.

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A historic plaque says that 1,600-square-foot Pine Cottage was built circa 1931, but Brenda has found old paperwork dating it back to 1929. It was the original Anna Maria post office.

While the rest of the country is starting to bundle up in scarves and boots, here in Sarasota we're embracing the fact that we can still enjoy time poolside and by the beach.

All photos by Robert Castro, enhanced with Instagram

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