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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival celebrates heritage

Updated Feb. 19, 2018 CORTEZ – When kids are petting horseshoe crabs, people are dancing in flip flops to rock and roll and everyone is enjoying fresh seafood under sunny blue skies, you know it’s Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival time. This year’s 36th annual festival featured...

Tourism board meets Vacasa

Updated Feb. 13, 2018 BRADENTON – A local vacation rental agent told the Manatee County Tourist Development Council (TDC) today that his company has gone...
Driveway restoration concerns

Commission concerned about driveway damage, restoration

BRADENTON BEACH – A Feb. 8 commission discussion on bike and pedestrian improvements produced a parallel conversation about who might pay to restore driveways...

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AMI Pier Pilings

Commission chooses concrete pier pilings

Updated Feb. 15, 2018 ANNA MARIA – The new Anna Maria City Pier will be built with concrete pilings. In March, the Anna Maria City Commission...
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Mayor optimistic about state funds for new pier

Updated Feb. 15, 2018 ANNA MARIA – The city’s request for $750,000 in state funds to help build a new pier has cleared another hurdle. According...



Senate Vacation Rental Bill

Vacation rental bill favored by second Senate committee

Watch the meeting here at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 13. TALLAHASSEE – The vacation rental legislation now known as CS/SB 1400 has been further amended...
Castles in the Sand

Million-dollar sales

House styles are not that much different than fashion styles. What’s in fashion for housing may not change every year, but it does change...
Vacation Rental bills

Compromise sought on competing rental bills

TALLAHASSEE – An amended version of a vacation rental bill filed by Sen. Greg Steube (R-Sarasota) passed through its first Senate committee minus the...
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Formula business ordinance advances to first reading

HOLMES BEACH – Commissioners have worked out a draft formula business ordinance they want to bring up for a vote. Now they’re just hoping...


Postcards from The Sun

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Egmont Key

Egmont Key State Park and National Wildlife Refuge, an island at the mouth of Tampa Bay off Anna Maria Island, is accessible only by...


Paddlers from Paradise

Paddlers from Paradise use people power

HOLMES BEACH – The AMI Paddlers from Paradise, a local Dragon Boat team, are ready for another season. Their boat resembles a serpent with a...
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Blue Lagoon ekes out the semi-final victory

Playoff fever hit the gridiron at the north end of Anna Maria Island as the youth flag football league starts to wind down for...
Mason Agnelli

Bins Be Clean speeds past Truly Nolen

ANNA MARIA - Without both coaches, the 8- to 10-year-olds on the Bins Be Clean and Truly Nolen teams came out ready to play...

The Center takes the mat

The Center’s youth wrestling program achieved one of its goals Saturday, under the leadership of Recreation Director Will Schenerlein, participating in the Amateur Athletic...


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AM Pier Firing

Too severe

We are writing on the behalf of Peter Piir, who was terminated Jan. 25 from the city of Anna Maria Public Works Department after...
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A wake up call on the proposed Cortez Bridge

By Dr. Mary Fulford Green It is believed that if you do not know your history, you are apt to repeat it. I am one...

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