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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
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...

Red tide weekend forecast medium

Medium levels of red tide are predicted through at least Monday, Dec. 17 around most of Anna Maria Island, according to the University of...
Egmont Key ruins in water

Egmont renourishment halted by turtle deaths

EGMONT KEY – The renourishment of Egmont Key’s critically-eroded beaches is at a standstill because the project resulted in the deaths of six sea...
Turkey vultures

Red tide continues to fluctuate

Medium levels of red tide are predicted through at least Monday, Dec. 10 on Anna Maria Island, according to the University of South Florida/Florida...
Mullet

Mullet off to slow start

CORTEZ - It’s after Thanksgiving and a cold front has passed through, but what should be mullet season hasn’t really started yet, thanks to...

Hunters have bird lovers crying ‘foul’ at Perico Preserve

PERICO PRESERVE – It’s a cool, sunny, Thanksgiving weekend day and you’re walking along the path at Perico Preserve looking at the butterflies and...
Red tide canal

Red tide forecast at high levels

The red tide forecast for Anna Maria Island is high through Monday, Dec. 3, according to the University of South Florida/Florida Fish and Wildlife...

Laurie’s legacy – love for dogs

BRADENTON – Friends of Laurie Crawford, both human and canine, gathered at Palma Sola Park on Friday afternoon to give thanks for her life,...

Patchy red tide forecast at high levels

High levels of patchy red tide are predicted through at least Monday, Nov. 26 around Anna Maria Island, with medium levels to the north...
Matthew Kurutz

Scout to build bridges at FISH Preserve

CORTEZ – Boy Scout Matthew Kurutz wants to earn the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest accomplishment in the organization, and he plans to...