Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Fishing festival fun

Fishing festival fun
CORTEZ – The 38th Annual Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival was filled with fun last weekend, from live music to pony rides to seafood any way you like it. Warm, sunny weather attracted a large crowd that packed dining tables like sardines, enjoying shellfish, shrimp, mullet,...
Wish You Were Here

New tourism campaign: ‘You’ll be back’

BRADENTON – “You’ll be back.” That’s the new message that Manatee County tourism officials will be sending to visitors, the Tourist Development Council (TDC) learned...

Vacation rental bills progressing

TALLAHASSEE – Two bills filed by Florida legislators during the 2020 legislative session seek to strip local governments of their ability to regulate vacation...

Community News

City responds to Suncoast Waterkeeper water pollution concerns

City responds to Suncoast Waterkeeper pollution concerns

BRADENTON BEACH – On Monday, Feb. 17, the city of Bradenton Beach issued a press release in response to concerns raised in a Friday,...
Pier opening delayed by electrical issues

Pier opening delayed by electrical issues

ANNA MARIA – Mayor Dan Murphy and the Anna Maria Commission are planning the opening ceremonies for the new City Pier, but the exact...


Author delights historical society

Author delights historical society

ANNA MARIA – Anna Maria Island Historical Society members were treated to a presentation at Roser Church on Friday about Patrick D. Smith’s well-known...

Beach Nutz



Reel Time Scallopalooza It's Clamtastic

Reel Time: Scallopalooza, It’s Clamtastic

Sarasota Bay Watch (SBW) held its 10th Annual “Scallopalooza, It’s Clamtastic” fund-raising event at their new venue, Sarasota’s Hyatt Regency Hotel. on Saturday, Feb....
Coquina Beach lifeguard stand

Lifeguards recognized for excellence

ANNA MARIA ISLAND – Manatee County Beach Patrol employees Joey Garcia and Steven Cherello are the recipients of the 2019 Lifeguard of the Year...

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Castles in the Sand

The greying of the mortgage market

As we age, there are physical restrictions on what we can achieve. Tennis may be more difficult, so we switch to pickleball; jogging is...
Jason Sato tops county real estate rankings again

Jason Sato tops county real estate rankings again

ANNA MARIA – For the fifth consecutive year, Sato Real Estate’s Jason Sato was the top real estate agent in Manatee County in 2019...


Solid Rock Construction undefeated in volleyball

Solid Rock Construction undefeated in volleyball

To start the week of sports at The Center, Solid Rock Construction continued to dominate on the volleyball court. Winning both games against Bins...
Volley, goals and sacks in full swing at The Center

Volley, goals and sacks in full swing at The Center

Two adult sports leagues started up the season last week at The Center of Anna Maria Island. Adult volleyball arrived on the hardcourt with Solid...


Political cartoon


All share the burden

This letter was originally sent to the Holmes Beach Mayor and City Commission. Mayor & Commissioners, I read in the paper there is discussion regarding increasing...

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2019 Press Awards

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