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

‘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...
putt putt waterline

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...
U.S. flag

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...
Brady family and friends Center

Island rallies for celebrated family

ANNA MARIA – Old-timers and new residents turned out Saturday to raise money for Jim and Ronee Brady, owners of the fire-damaged West Coast...

Slaying the messenger

For as many years as we have had a free press, journalists have been protected by an unwritten code that essentially says, “Don’t slay...
snooks group shot

Snooks would have been proud

ANNA MARIA – It was a great beach day last Saturday with blue skies and gentle breezes, but a group of kids and their...
beach storm damage

County assesses beach storm damage

The beaches of Anna Maria Island are in good shape, despite the recent pounding from Subtropical Storm Alberto and last year’s Hurricane Irma. That’s...
Andrew Helderman

Attacker gets life in prison

A 28-year-old man has been sentenced to life in prison after being convicted of attempted second-degree murder at a home in Holmes Beach on...
Storm palms

Time to stock up for hurricane season

As subtropical storm Alberto was forming in the Yucatan Channel, on its way up the Gulf, a crowd of 20 people gathered at The...
Jean Peelen

Jean Peelen moves on

HOLMES BEACH – Jean Peelen arrived on Anna Maria Island from the Washington D.C. area 10 years ago. Her sister had died from cancer...