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Andrea Spring gingerbread house

Spring returns to her winning ways

MANATEE COUNTY – After a three-year absence, Andrea Spring returned to competitive baking last week and claimed four blue ribbons and a red ribbon...
water taxi presentation

Water taxi plans on hold in Holmes Beach

HOLMES BEACH – Lack of parking is proving to be a large hurdle to jump for the operators of a proposed water taxi service...
Grand Tree Anna Maria

Local tree regulations under attack

Updated Jan. 13, 2018 ANNA MARIA ISLAND – Florida Sen. Greg Steube (R-Sarasota) has filed a bill that seeks to prevent local governments from regulating...
Shark dragging mugs

Shark dragging defendants plead not guilty

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY – Robert “Bo” Benac, Spencer Heintz and Michael Wenzel pled not guilty on Wednesday, Jan. 10 to all charges stemming from a...
Captain rescues five

Fishing captain rescues five

SARASOTA BAY – Five boaters whose 16-foot canoe overturned in Sarasota Bay are safe and sound after a passing charter boat captain pulled them...
Cayman Cay damage

Hurricane recovery begins for condo owners

HOLMES BEACH – Four months since Hurricane Irma passed by, the owners at Cayman Cay are finally able to start repairs on 10 damaged...
Tree house

Supreme Court denies tree house owners’ plea

HOLMES BEACH – It may be the end of the road for Lynn Tran and Richard Hazen’s beachfront tree house. After local and state court...
Anna Maria Pier Plank International

Pier planks to become memorial walls

ANNA MARIA – The engraved wooden planks on the soon-to-be-replaced Anna Maria City Pier will be removed and used to build outdoor memorial walls...
Holmes Beach dog park aerial

Help remodel the Holmes Beach dog park

HOLMES BEACH – For anyone with a stake in the remodeling of the Holmes Beach dog park, the time to voice an opinion is...
Center fishing camp

Center ends 2017 on a high note

ANNA MARIA – It was a year of ups and downs for The Center of Anna Maria Island with the nonprofit ultimately coming out...
Marine Rescue

Marine Rescue #1 in state

The Florida Beach Patrol Chiefs Association has awarded its most prestigious award, Beach Patrol of the Year, to the Manatee County Marine Rescue Division. The...
Doug Copeland

Commission seeks sign relief for business owners

ANNA MARIA – City Commissioners are proposing lifting the ban on A-frame sandwich board signs due to the impact the closure of the Anna...
Bob Slicker

Bob Slicker: The Sun’s 2017 Person of the Year

CORTEZ – Webster’s Dictionary defines a philanthropist as “one who makes an active effort to promote human welfare.” Swordfish Grill General Manager Bob Slicker’s dedication...

Officer shoots knife-wielding man in Anna Maria

Updated Jan. 1, 2018 ANNA MARIA – A Bradenton Beach police officer shot and wounded an armed man Saturday night, according to a police report. Authorities...
Anna Maria Pier Damage

Pier closure tops Anna Maria stories in 2017

ANNA MARIA – The pending replacement of the Anna Maria City Pier was a big story that became a bigger story when Hurricane Irma...