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Cindy Lane

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Sun staff writer and photographer Cindy Lane covers the environment, tourism and Cortez, and is the Sun's digital and social media editor. Email
Surf Camp

Keep calm and surf on

HOLMES BEACH – The West Coast Surf Shop may be down, but it has not lost its stoke. Brandi Brady, the daughter of owners Jim...
Bradenton Anna Maria Island Longboat Key

Tourism continues to rise

PALMETTO – For the seventh straight year, tourism is up on Anna Maria Island and the rest of Manatee County, according to the Bradenton...

Green turtle swimming free after hospital stay

ANNA MARIA - Shoshi, a juvenile green sea turtle, is swimming free in Tampa Bay after a successful rehabilitation and release Thursday morning, May...
manatee decal

Manatee numbers down from 2017

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) counted 6,131 manatees in Florida waters in surveys this winter, down 489 from the record 6,620...
Guthrie net camp

Guthrie denies DEP allegations

CORTEZ – Raymond Guthrie Jr. denies all but one of the 21 allegations in the state’s order to tear down the net camp he...

Turtles dig the dark

Turtle season is on! From now until Halloween, residents and visitors to Anna Maria Island’s Gulf front and Bay front properties can help threatened nesting...
Loggerhead sea turtle hatchlings

Turtle Tips

During sea turtle season, May 1 – Oct. 31, please follow these tips: Turn off lights visible from the beach and close blinds from...
Beach hole

Holes on beach dangerous to people, turtles

Holes on the beach are no longer accidents waiting to happen. Two children recently got trapped in a hole that they dug on the beach,...
Tourism safety

Resident calls on tourism officials to address safety

HOLMES BEACH – Resident Nancy Deal challenged tourism officials on Monday to address pedestrian deaths and other safety issues created by thriving tourism on...

Fire hits West Coast Surf Shop

Updated April 16, 2018 HOLMES BEACH – A fire caused an estimated quarter million dollars in damage to the iconic West Coast Surf Shop, 3902...
naval flare on fire

Combustible flare closes portion of beach

Updated April 13, 2018 ANNA MARIA - A naval flare that washed up on the beach on Wednesday, April 11, injuring a beachgoer, prompted city...
Guthrie net camp

County supports Guthrie net camp

CORTEZ – The Manatee County Commission has voted to support Raymond Guthrie Jr. in his fight to keep the net camp structure he built...
Coquina Beach

New beach law has little effect on AMI

Updated April 6, 2018 TALLAHASSEE – A new Florida statute has some beachfront property owners around the state jumping at the prospect of keeping the...
LifeLines: Boating safety

LifeLines: Boating safety

Please be safe while boating or riding personal watercraft! Boating tips Wear your life jacket. Attach a Personal Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (PEPIRB) to...
LifeLines: Stingray shuffle

LifeLines: Do the stingray shuffle

If you’re wading in the Gulf of Mexico, be on the lookout for the mild-mannered fish gliding in shallow water or partially buried in...