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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
Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival

Solve the Cortez history mystery

Updated Jan. 25, 2019 CORTEZ - We have a winner! Hugh Holmes Jr. of Terra Ceia, Florida submitted a photo of the 2000 Cortez Commercial Fishing...
Ducks at Perico Preserve

Duck hunters fire back against critics

BRADENTON - Duck hunters say they have just as much legal right to enjoy their favorite outdoor recreation as the people who use Perico...

Weekend red tide forecast varies

ANNA MARIA ISLAND – The University of South Florida/Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) predicts no red tide through Monday, Jan. 21 in...
Ducks at Perico Preserve

Residents sound off on duck hunting

MANATEE COUNTY – County commissioners heard the first volley of complaints from residents about duck hunting near county preserves bordering neighborhoods at a land...
Red tide sign

Weekend red tide forecast low on Island

ANNA MARIA ISLAND – Low levels of red tide are forecast through Monday, Jan. 14, according to today’s report from the Florida Fish and...

Helicopter crashes into Gulf off AMI

Updated Jan. 11, 2019 - ANNA MARIA - A helicopter crashed into the Gulf of Mexico about two miles off Anna Maria Island on...

Red tide gone in Manatee, back in Sarasota

PALMA SOLA BAY – The last trace of red tide in Manatee County disappeared this week from its holdout position in Palma Sola Bay,...

Red tide gone with the wind

ANNA MARIA ISLAND – A NOAA scientist’s prediction that recent storms gave red tide a fatal beating appears to be coming true just in...
Kingfish boat ramp

County fast-tracks Kingfish improvements

HOLMES BEACH – Manatee County commissioners have moved Kingfish boat ramp’s rebuilding and expansion project to the top of the list for RESTORE Act...
Coquina Beach lifeguard stand

New lifeguards, stands, on horizon

CORTEZ BEACH - Six new lifeguards in three new lifeguard stands will protect beachgoers beginning next year at Twin Piers, the site of three...
Wave

Storm may have beat red tide back

Updated Dec. 21, 2018 – ANNA MARIA ISLAND – Bad weather may have brought the Christmas gift that Floridians have been asking for – the...
Holmes Beach Coyote

FWC: Learn coyote coexistence

LONGBOAT KEY – Coyotes walking down the beaches and roads of Florida’s barrier islands should not surprise residents or tourists, according to state wildlife...
Bradenton Anna Maria Island Longboat Key

New tourism initiatives address red tide challenges

ANNA MARIA - Despite red tide in area waters since early August, tourism grew in Manatee County during the fiscal year October 2017 through...
mottled ducks

Duck hunting spreads to Neal Preserve

PERICO ISLAND – Perico Preserve, a bird sanctuary, is not the only county preserve where duck hunters are shooting easy prey. Since duck hunting season...
Shark fishing

FWC may restrict shoreline shark fishing

Beachgoers’ concerns about shoreline shark fishing have prompted the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) to consider tightening shark fishing rules at its...