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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

Red tide report

High (respiratory irritation, shellfish harvesting closures, fish kills, water discoloration) Medium (respiratory irritation, shellfish harvesting closures, probable fish kills) Low (respiratory irritation, shellfish harvesting closures, possible...
Good, bad records mark turtle season

Good, bad records mark turtle season

ANNA MARIA ISLAND - With three weeks left in turtle nesting and hatching season, sea turtles have set a nesting record, with 544 nests...
Early duck hunting season revives concerns

Early duck hunting season revives concerns

PERICO ISLAND – The early duck hunting season - nine days that ended Sept. 29 - revived concerns about the safety and peace of...

Insider’s Island – The insider’s guide to outdoors AMI

There’s more to outdoors life on Anna Maria Island than you think. From kayaking mangrove tunnels to diving a historic wreck to finding your perfect...

Then and Now

Bradenton Anna Maria Island Longboat Key

County approves record high tourism budget

ANNA MARIA ISLAND – Manatee County commissioners have approved a record $13.2 million marketing budget for the Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB)...
Turtle, bird fans flock to support Turtle Watch

Turtle, bird fans flock to support Turtle Watch

Updated Oct. 4, 2019 | HOLMES BEACH – The Second Annual Turtle Watch Wednesday this afternoon at Hurricane Hanks raised money and the spirits...
Film to feature local oyster recycling program

Film to feature local oyster recycling program

PERICO BAYOU – A film crew followed about 75 volunteers on the last day of National Estuaries Week Saturday as they worked in Perico...
Hands Across the Sand oil protest

U.S. House opposes oil drilling

The U.S. House of Representatives passed two bills banning oil drilling off the Gulf Coast of Florida and in the Atlantic and Pacific oceans...
Auction to benefit Turtle Watch

Auction to benefit Turtle Watch

HOLMES BEACH – Enjoy live music, live and silent auctions and good food at the Second Annual Turtle Watch Wednesday on Sept. 25 from...
Palma Sola Bay

Palma Sola water quality compromised

BRADENTON - The south side of Palma Sola Bay continues to test positive for moderate levels of enterococcus bacteria from fecal matter, according to...
Wish You Were Here

Wish You Were Here

Things were different on Anna Maria (then pronounced Mar-EYE-ah) Island in the old days. Within the lifetimes of our eldest residents, there was no...

Dorian continues to steer clear of AMI

ANNA MARIA ISLAND – Manatee County remains clear of Hurricane Dorian's "cone of uncertainty" today, with lighter-than-normal Labor Day beach crowds, in part due...
County officials declare state of emergency

Dorian prompts local state of emergency

Updated Aug. 30, 2019 at 1:15 p.m. | BRADENTON - The Manatee County Commission declared a local state of emergency this morning as Hurricane...