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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
AMI reef

Underwater Anna Maria Island gallery

Hold your breath and take a tour of the reefs in Anna Maria Island waters.

Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival celebrates heritage

Updated Feb. 19, 2018 CORTEZ – When kids are petting horseshoe crabs, people are dancing in flip flops to rock and roll and everyone is...
NEST

NEST open for learning, enjoyment

BRADENTON – Birds twittered right on cue as Charlie Hunsicker welcomed hundreds of people to the grand opening of the NEST at Robinson Preserve...
Bradenton Anna Maria Island Longboat Key

Tourism board meets Vacasa

Updated Feb. 13, 2018 BRADENTON – A local vacation rental agent told the Manatee County Tourist Development Council (TDC) today that his company has gone...

Leffis Key Preserve gallery

Explore Leffis Key on the Intracoastal Waterway in Bradenton Beach for a pleasant walk in a variety of coastal landscapes, some delightfully hilly and...

NEST opening soon

The NEST will open at Robinson Preserve on Friday, Feb. 16 from 4-6 p.m. with a family-friendly event sponsored by Manatee County’s Parks and...
Red knot

Christmas bird count results in

There were no French hens, geese a-laying, swans a-swimming or partridges in pear trees, but local Audubon volunteers found plenty of birds in the...
Manatee

Manatee deaths on rise

Florida manatee deaths rose to 527 in 2017, seven more than last year and 24 more than the 10-year average of 503, according to...
Sewage spill

Palma Sola Bay water advisory posted

Updated Dec. 22, 2017 - This advisory has been lifted except for Palma Sola Creek as of Dec. 22; the bay is safe for water...
Anna Maria City Pier

Pier may get $1.5M in tourist tax funds

ANNA MARIA – The Manatee County Tourist Development Council (TDC) voted unanimously on Monday, Dec. 4 to recommend that the county reimburse the city...
Guthrie net camp

Guthrie ordered to remove building in bay

CORTEZ – Raymond “Junior” Guthrie Jr. plans to contest the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP)’s final order issued on Friday, Nov. 17 requiring...

Stone Crab Festival nets hundreds

Updated Nov. 13, 2017 CORTEZ - The Sixth Annual Cortez Stone Crab Festival netted hundreds of seafood fans on a beautiful fall weekend. Hosted by...

Veterans Day in Cortez

The Cortez Cultural Center celebrated Veterans Day on Saturday with a flag-raising ceremony, a prayer for all veterans, living and dead, and an all-American...
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...

Eliza Ann finishes in first place

In a burst of paddling prowess, loggerhead sea turtle Eliza Ann has finished in first place in the Sea Turtle Conservancy’s Tour de Turtle...