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Sun staff writer/photographer Tom Vaught covers education, entertainment, events, crime and obituaries. Email

County considers grant for beach shuttle service

HOLMES BEACH – The Manatee County Board of Commissioners is bidding for a Florida Department of Transportation grant that would ease demand for parking...
bayfest Soul R Coaster 2017

Bayfest on track

HOLMES BEACH – Vendors are still calling the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce about the upcoming 18th Annual Bayfest celebration, in spite of...
Island Players Review

Weather sets mood for Island Players’ ‘Guest’

ANNA MARIA – It was a dark and stormy night as the Island Players performed “The Unexpected Guest,” a murder mystery from the pen...
Peace Day sign

Students sing praise of peace

HOLMES BEACH – Anna Maria Elementary (AME) students expressed hopes for peace at the school’s 17th Annual Peace Day last Friday on the front...
Holmes Beach coyotes Wooten

Coyotes are here to stay

After an increasing number of coyote sightings in West Bradenton and on the Island, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is cautioning...

Island Players celebrate 70 years of entertainment

ANNA MARIA – A piece of Island history is celebrating its roots and looking to its future and its 70th season. The Island Players spurred...
AME peace day 2017

AME prepares to celebrate peace

HOLMES BEACH – Anna Maria Elementary (AME) School teachers, staff and students are preparing for the 17th Annual Peace Day celebration, on Friday, Sept....

‘We’re still open’

ANNA MARIA – The beach behind the Sandbar restaurant was busier Sunday evening than it has been since the recent outbreak of red tide,...
Minnie's cafe staff

Minnie’s crew sings about red tide blues

HOLMES BEACH ­– The outbreak of red tide has cut into the profits of almost every business on Anna Maria Island and some business...
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Privateers putt for money

When it came to fundraising, the Anna Maria Island Privateers shot a hole in one when they scheduled a Putt-Putt Pub Crawl last Saturday...
Red Tide Bradenton Beach Anchorage

TDC votes to recommend more money for red tide cleanup

ANNA MARIA – Manatee County has been busy cleaning up the dead fish left by the current outbreak of red tide and the committee...
hands along the water

Hundreds send positive message about the environment

The Gulf of Mexico was churning up more dead sea life and caustic smell Sunday morning, the result of the latest red tide outbreak....
Anna Maria Elementary Lauren Sato

Another school season starts at AME

HOLMES BEACH - Motorists got a bright reminder that another school year had begun Monday morning from emergency lights on a patrol car and...
Haitian mission

Family reunited with son after Haiti mission

HOLMES BEACH – After finding out that their son, Ben, was able to get out of Haiti amid political unrest, his parents, Beth and...
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Fourth of July holiday fun

The Fourth of July is one of the busiest holidays on Anna Maria Island with a parade, a park party and fireworks at the...