Ed Chiles

Ed Chiles is a graduate of the University of Florida. He owns and operates three waterfront restaurants in Anna Maria Island and Longboat Key Florida, The Sandbar, Beach House and Mar Vista restaurants. He has been in this business since 1979 when he was part of a partnership that purchased and renovated the Sandbar.

In 2007, he initiated and became the managing partner for the Pine Avenue Restoration Project in the city of Anna Maria which is now known as “The Greenest Little Main Street in America”.

In 2012 he was awarded the Champion of Tourism Award for the project by the Bradenton area CVB.

In 2015 he along with Richard Jordan and Dr. David Randle co-founded the Blue Community Consortium that is now a UNWTO Affiliate.

In recent years he has become a pioneer in the sustainable tourism industry.