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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
Non-toxic blue-green algae lingers

Non-toxic blue-green algae lingers

ANNA MARIA ISLAND - Blue-green algae lingers in local waters, but is non-toxic, unlike some places in Florida, according to a Friday, May 24...

Turtle talks return

ANNA MARIA ISLAND – Turtle Talks are back! Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring volunteers will present a 30-minute program of videos, photos...
Blue-green algae and red tide found in local waters

Red tide, blue-green algae persist in local waters

Updated Friday, May 17, 2019 - ANNA MARIA ISLAND – Red tide and blue-green algae persist in local waters, according to today’s reports from...
Turtle hatchling

Turtle season is here

BRADENTON BEACH – It’s the first week of sea turtle nesting season, and while turtles jumped the gun on Longboat Key, none have nested...
Fish house owner in Catch-22

Fish house owner in Catch-22

CORTEZ – As the Florida Legislative session winds down this week, Karen Bell, of A.P. Bell Fish Co., is caught in a “Catch-22” –...
Turtle watch volunteers ready for season

Turtle Watch volunteers ready for season

ANNA MARIA ISLAND – As the first day of turtle nesting season approaches and shorebirds begin pairing up and making nests, volunteers with Anna...
Crawford dog park dedication Friday

Crawford dog park dedication Friday

BRADENTON - People and pups are invited to the Happy Tails Dog Park at G.T. Bray Park on Friday, April 26 at 2 p.m....

Helicopter crashes off AMI

Updated April 15, 10:07 p.m. - BRADENTON BEACH - A helicopter crashed off Coquina Beach Saturday afternoon with two men escaping injury. U.S. Coast Guard...
Earthy ideas from The Sun

Earthy ideas from The Sun

Odette Katrak was sitting at her computer in Bengaluru, India Googling “Imagine There’s No Plastic,” a song based on John Lennon’s “Imagine” that she...
Flood insurance rates changing

Flood insurance rates changing

ANNA MARIA ISLAND – Flood insurance premiums soon will be changing for better or worse for Island property owners, depending on where their property...
Leffis lizard to be relocatedvideo

Leffis lizard to be relocated

BRADENTON BEACH – The case of the Leffis lizard is solved. Reports of an iguana at Leffis Key concerned Suzi Fox, director of Anna Maria...

Red tide detected off Manatee County coast

Updated April 5, 2019 - The April 5 FWC report shows background concentrations of red tide off Hillsborough and Sarasota counties, but none off...

County collecting tourist tax from most Airbnb owners

ANNA MARIA ISLAND – The Manatee County Tax Collector told concerned county commissioners last week that vacation rental owners using Airbnb to rent their...
Museum spotlights Coast Guard

Museum spotlights Coast Guard

CORTEZ – Members of the crew of Coast Guard Station Cortez gave Florida Maritime Museum visitors an overview last week of the history and...
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Nina and Pinta off Anna Maria

Two 15th-century wooden sailing ship replicas passed Anna Maria Island today in the Gulf of Mexico. The Nina and the Pinta left Regatta Pointe Marina...