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Correspondent Joe Hendricks covers Anna Maria and Bradenton Beach. Email
Starship lifts off at The Center

Starship lifts off at The Center

ANNA MARIA – Featuring Mickey Thomas on lead vocals, Starship put on a stellar concert at The Center of Anna Maria Island. Taking place inside...
Artists’ Guild erases boundaries with new exhibit

Artists’ Guild erases boundaries with new exhibit

BRADENTON – The Artists’ Guild of Anna Maria Island’s 11th annual juried art exhibition, “Boundaries Erased,” is on display at ArtCenter Manatee in downtown...
Water line broken during undergrounding work

Water line broken during undergrounding work

BRADENTON BEACH – The Wilco construction crew doing the boring for burying the Bridge Street utility lines accidentally broke a water line Saturday afternoon...
Carolyne Norwood was Anna Maria’s preeminent historian

Carolyne Norwood was Anna Maria’s preeminent historian

ANNA MARIA – Carolyne Norwood played a vital role in preserving the history of Anna Maria Island. She also made a lot of friends...
Fire & Stone preparing to reopen

Fire & Stone preparing to reopen

CORTEZ – The owners of the Fire & Stone pizzeria on Cortez Road hope to reopen their restaurant as early as this week. When reopened,...
Commission rejects Schoenfelder's pier lease offer

Commission rejects Schoenfelder’s pier lease offer

ANNA MARIA – The Anna Maria City Commission has rejected Mario Schoenfelder’s final offer to lease the restaurant and bait shop buildings at the...
Pier lease offer to be discussed Friday

Pier lease offer to be discussed Friday

ANNA MARIA – On Friday, Jan. 10, Mayor Dan Murphy and the Anna Maria City Commission will discuss Mario Schoenfelder’s final offer to lease...
Did a meteorite hit AMI?

Did a meteorite hit AMI?

HOLMES BEACH – Part-time Holmes Beach residents Dorene Collier and AJ LeBlanc wonder if a small meteorite or some other falling object started a...
A sailor’s life cut short

A sailor’s life cut short

BRADENTON BEACH – The liveaboard boating community in Bradenton Beach lost a friend and fellow sailor with the recent passing of 59-year-old Octavio Utrera. Utrera...
Kyle Shell celebration raises funds for daughter

Kyle Shell celebration raises funds for daughter

BRADENTON BEACH – Kyle Shell’s Saturday, Dec. 28 fundraising celebration of life raised $6,074 to help his 17-year-old daughter, Kaya Sage Shell, attend college...
Doug Copeland named Sun’s Person of the Year

Doug Copeland named Sun’s Person of the Year

ANNA MARIA – Longtime Anna Maria Commissioner Doug Copeland is The Sun’s Person of the Year for 2019. In December, Copeland finished his final term...
New pier takes shape

New pier takes shape

Updated Jan. 2, 2020 - The Anna Maria City Commission will discuss  Schoenfelder's final offer at a special city meeting  on Friday, Jan. 10...
Pier tenant submits final lease offer

Pier tenant submits final lease offer

ANNA MARIA – Mario Schoenfelder has submitted his final offer for the lease of the restaurant and bait shop buildings being built at the...
Petitioners challenge Cortez Bridge decision

Amended request for Cortez Bridge hearing denied

CORTEZ – The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) has dismissed with prejudice a second request for a formal administrative hearing regarding FDOT’s plans to...
Displaced osprey gets a new home

Displaced osprey gets a new home

ANNA MARIA – A displaced female osprey has a new nesting place thanks to the combined efforts of the Lake La Vista Homeowners Association...