Our History

Sue Carlson

Built upon a need for a smaller “boutique-style” rental company with more personalized services, Sue Carlson started Coastal Cottages AMI in June 2010. Since then, she has assembled a team of the finest professionals whose vast knowledge and experience provides what it takes to offer exceptional service that goes far beyond the reservation process.

Sue first came to Anna Maria Island years ago to visit her parents who were snowbirds escaping the winter months in Michigan. It was then she found tranquility on the quiet island, which seemed so far away, yet was conveniently close to civilization. At first, she too was visiting just to escape northern Michigan winters, but, once here, she began to invest in real estate and soon discovered she was renting her own properties more than the rental agency she had hired. So in 2000, she decided to open her first rental company, Anna Maria Island Accommodations, also known as the flip-flop company.

Wanting to concentrate on sales, she sold AMIA in 2005, but she soon found that she missed the interaction with the owners she sold homes to who wanted to rent their properties and continue with the high degree of service she had offered during the sales process. From its inception, Coastal Cottages AMI has grown to rent and manage nearly 100 properties and continues to offer the personalized service its reputation is built upon.