Friday, February 22, 2019

Community News

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...
Shearon and Chappie

A memorable year in Bradenton Beach

BRADENTON BEACH – 2017 produced changes inside and outside city hall. Future city commissioners will be elected differently, a politically engaged citizens’ group came and...
holmes beach irma

Looking back at 2017 in Holmes Beach

HOLMES BEACH – It’s been a busy year for the central city on Anna Maria Island. The 2017 calendar year saw some changes, some...
Aqua by the Bay

Manatee County: The year in review

MANATEE COUNTY – Aqua by the Bay, the loss of Manatee County's beloved mascot, Snooty, the removal of a Confederate monument, the proposed Hunters...
John Chappie

Mayor seeks equal distribution of beach concession funds

BRADENTON BEACH – Mayor John Chappie supports the city of Anna Maria’s request to use $333,000 of surplus beach concession revenues for the replacement...
Bradenton Beach right of way work

Work begins in rights of way

BRADENTON BEACH – Residents are beginning to feel the impact of city rights of way and alleys being reclaimed for city and county water,...
Confederate monument

Confederate monument repairs estimated

BRADENTON – It’s going to cost the county an estimated $41,500 to repair and relocate the Confederate monument damaged in August when it was...
Copeland Citizen of Year

Copeland named Citizen of the Year

ANNA MARIA – Longtime city resident and retired Anna Maria Island reporter Pat Copeland is the city of Anna Maria’s 2017 Citizen of the Year. Copeland...
center audit presentation

Audit results in good news for the Center

ANNA MARIA - Just in time for the holidays, auditors delivered good news to board members at The Center of Anna Maria Island –...