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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
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Coast Lines: Holy maternity season, bat mom!

It’s shorebird nesting season on Anna Maria Island’s beaches, as everyone who doesn’t have their beak buried in the sand probably knows. But bet you...
Rob Whitehurst at St. Augustine National Cemetery

Under Egmont 3: Found

ST. AUGUSTINE – When Rob Whitehurst began looking for the grave of his great-great-grandfather, the Internet was new, with scant information, and research was...
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Under Egmont 2: Unearthing Egmont Key’s mysteries

EGMONT KEY - Underneath Egmont Key, there’s even more history than its century-and-a-half-old lighthouse, the ruins of its Spanish-American War fort and its 1905...
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Under Egmont 1: History’s mysteries persist at Egmont Key

EGMONT KEY – Underwater and underground at Egmont Key, mystery and history have intertwined since the mid-1800s. Just off the northern tip of Anna Maria...
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U.S. Supreme Court considers fish case

WASHINGTON – Some U.S. Supreme Court justices question whether a law designed to prevent documentary evidence destruction passed in the wake of the Enron...
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Coast Lines: Respect the manatee’s river

There is a good reason for the Manatee River’s name - manatees live there. So do sea turtles – one laid a nest at DeSoto...
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The future – a memory?

CORTEZ – There is less fishing and more preservation in Cortez these days, but the success of an expanding museum complex and environmental preserve...
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Climate change in Cortez

Last in a series of three CORTEZ – If the state would lift the 1995 ban on gill nets, hearts would leap and boats would...
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The village that mullet built

Second in a series of three CORTEZ – The wind is screaming, the Gulf of Mexico is frosted with whitecaps, and it’s so cold the...

Snapshots of Cortez

CORTEZ – Ask a Cortezian about their village, and stories fly like mullet being tossed into a boat cooler. Here are some snapshots of the...
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A century of Cortez

First in a series of three The Cortez commercial fishing village celebrates three milestones this year – the 100th anniversary of its incorporation, the founding...
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Coast Lines: Octopi and golf balls – a perfect match

It doesn’t surprise John Labash to pull yet another stone crab trap out of the Gulf of Mexico and find an octopus has gobbled...