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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
LifeLines: Fishing tackle

LifeLines: Fishing tackle

Don’t leave discarded monofilament fishing line and tackle in the water - it can snag, entangle and cut swimmers and divers - not to...
LifeLines: Beach flags

LifeLines: Crack the beach flag code

The flags fluttering on the lifeguard stands at Anna Maria Island’s two public beaches, Manatee Beach in Holmes Beach and Coquina Beach in Bradenton...
LifeLines: Swim zone

LifeLines: Get into the swim zone

For the safest swimming on Anna Maria Island, swim at the county’s two public beaches, Manatee Beach and Coquina Beach, which are both lifeguarded. At...
LifeLines: Fishing facts

LifeLines: Fishing facts

Fishing from the beach or wade fishing off the beach requires a saltwater shoreline fishing license for residents and non-residents. You do not need the...
White ibis

Shorebird nesting season here

ANNA MARIA ISLAND - When you see terns two by two on the beach and snowy plovers in pairs, it’s a sure sign that...
state budget

Beaches to benefit from state budget

CITY ISLAND – Florida’s beaches and red tide research are among the beneficiaries of the nearly $89 billion state fiscal year 2018-19 budget that...
Turtle map

Turtles, birds, need our help

CORTEZ – Everyone who visits the beach can help sea turtles and shorebirds, Suzi Fox, director of Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird...
manatee decal

Manatee speed zones effective April 1

Seasonal manatee boating speed zones go into effect April 1. Intended to protect the state’s official marine mammal, which is a threatened species, the zones...
Royal terns

Shorebird gallery

Least terns, pelicans, royal terns, snowy plovers, gulls, black skimmers and oystercatchers are some of the shorebirds that frequent Anna Maria Island.
Manatee

Manatee gallery

Manatees, or sea cows - actually relatives of the elephant - frequent waters around Anna Maria Island. They are a federally threatened species.
Dolphin pod

Dolphin gallery

Dolphins frequent the Gulf of Mexico, the Intracoastal Waterway, Sarasota Bay and the Manatee River near Anna Maria Island.

Sea turtle gallery

Loggerhead and green sea turtles nest and hatch on Anna Maria Island.
Hands Across the Sand oil protest

Oil drilling proposal may be headed for ballot

Updated March 27, 2018 The Florida Constitution Revision Commission (CRC) has selected 25 of 36 proposals, including Proposal 91, to send to its Style and...
Mark Coarsey

Fishermen ask Floridians to cast vote against net ban

Updated March 27, 2018 The CRC did not select the net ban proposal in its last cut for the November ballot. CORTEZ – Nearly 25 years...
ultralightvideo

Low plane flights cause buzz on Island

Updated March 8, 2018 - Holmes Beach Police Chief Bill Tokajer reports that after the publication of this story, the pilot, Hans Brown, agreed...