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Sun staff writer and photographer Cindy Lane covers the environment, tourism and Cortez, and is the Sun's digital and social media editor. Email

Helicopter crashes off AMI

Updated April 15, 10:07 p.m. - BRADENTON BEACH - A helicopter crashed off Coquina Beach Saturday afternoon with two men escaping injury. U.S. Coast Guard...
Earthy ideas from The Sun

Earthy ideas from The Sun

Odette Katrak was sitting at her computer in Bengaluru, India Googling “Imagine There’s No Plastic,” a song based on John Lennon’s “Imagine” that she...

Postcards from The Sun

 
Turtle watch volunteers ready for season

Turtle Watch volunteers ready for season

ANNA MARIA ISLAND – As the first day of turtle nesting season approaches and shorebirds begin pairing up and making nests, volunteers with Anna...
Flood insurance rates changing

Flood insurance rates changing

ANNA MARIA ISLAND – Flood insurance premiums soon will be changing for better or worse for Island property owners, depending on where their property...
Leffis lizard to be relocatedvideo

Leffis lizard to be relocated

BRADENTON BEACH – The case of the Leffis lizard is solved. Reports of an iguana at Leffis Key concerned Suzi Fox, director of Anna Maria...
Beach umbrella

Tourist tax collections 2019

Here's a look at the most recent tourist tax collections in Anna Maria Island's three cities. Numbers reflect the approximate change from the same...

Red tide detected off Manatee County coast

Updated April 5, 2019 - The April 5 FWC report shows background concentrations of red tide off Hillsborough and Sarasota counties, but none off...

County collecting tourist tax from most Airbnb owners

ANNA MARIA ISLAND – The Manatee County Tax Collector told concerned county commissioners last week that vacation rental owners using Airbnb to rent their...
Museum spotlights Coast Guard

Museum spotlights Coast Guard

CORTEZ – Members of the crew of Coast Guard Station Cortez gave Florida Maritime Museum visitors an overview last week of the history and...
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Nina and Pinta off Anna Maria

Two 15th-century wooden sailing ship replicas passed Anna Maria Island today in the Gulf of Mexico. The Nina and the Pinta left Regatta Pointe Marina...

Cortez celebrates Heritage Day

CORTEZ – Cortez may be the last fishing village in the state, and was certainly one of the first, settled in the 1880s by...

No red tide in short-term local forecast

Updated March 8, 2019 - ANNA MARIA ISLAND – Today’s Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) report shows no red tide predicted in...

Then and Now

Bill bans plastic straw bans

TALLAHASSEE – The Florida Senate Commerce and Tourism Committee approved a bill today that would prevent local governments from banning plastic straws while the...