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West Coast Surf Shop fire

Community events planned to help local business

Updated June 13, 2018 When the iconic West Coast Surf Shop suffered damage from an electrical fire April 15, community members began searching for ways...
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...
AMI Candidate Qualifying

Candidate qualifying takes place in June

ANNA MARIA ISLAND – Are you considering running for a city commission seat? If so, the qualifying periods for city commission and mayoral candidates on...
Traffic

Traffic snarls at Gulf Drive construction zones

ANNA MARIA ISLAND – Along the Holmes Beach/Bradenton Beach border, residents and visitors alike are finding themselves stuck in something reminiscent of winter season...
naval flare on fire

Combustible flare closes portion of beach

Updated April 13, 2018 ANNA MARIA - A naval flare that washed up on the beach on Wednesday, April 11, injuring a beachgoer, prompted city...
Pipeline project

Pipeline work slowing Gulf Drive traffic

ANNA MARIA ISLAND - Construction work that is slowing traffic on Gulf Drive is due to the first phase of the Anna Maria Island...
Anna Maria Island traffic

Traffic woes plague Island drivers

ANNA MARIA ISLAND – Everyone who’s driven on the Island during winter season months knows that a little extra time and a lot of...
Easter sunrise service

Easter sunrise service set at beach

The Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island will sponsor the 54th annual Easter sunrise service at Manatee County Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes...

Recycling woes plague Island city

HOLMES BEACH – Recycling is one way people can feel like they’re doing their part to help save the Earth. Unfortunately, some of the...
ultralightvideo

Low plane flights cause buzz on Island

Updated March 8, 2018 - Holmes Beach Police Chief Bill Tokajer reports that after the publication of this story, the pilot, Hans Brown, agreed...
West Manatee Fire Rescue Administration Building

WMFR commissioners seek legislative change

BRADENTON – West Manatee Fire Rescue commissioners didn’t get quite what they bargained for when Attorney Jim Dye appeared before them to discuss the...
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...
Chuck Webb suspension

Webb facing Florida Bar suspension

HOLMES BEACH – Attorney Charles "Chuck" Webb is facing a 60-day suspension from his ability to practice law in Florida. On Oct. 10, Webb entered...
Tom Vaught at Veterans Park, Bradentonvideo

Vaught’s Vietnam

Each year, the Anna Maria Island Sun features a local veteran for Veteran’s Day. We have introduced many Island and Cortez veterans of World...

Canine costume contest cute, cuddly

Spirited dogs - and their owners - dressed to the teeth for the 14th Annual Anna Maria Island Sun Canine Halloween Costume Contest on...