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Correspondent Joe Hendricks covers Anna Maria and Bradenton Beach. Email
Anna Maria Pier Plank International

Pier planks to become memorial walls

ANNA MARIA – The engraved wooden planks on the soon-to-be-replaced Anna Maria City Pier will be removed and used to build outdoor memorial walls...
Marine Rescue

Marine Rescue #1 in state

The Florida Beach Patrol Chiefs Association has awarded its most prestigious award, Beach Patrol of the Year, to the Manatee County Marine Rescue Division. The...
Doug Copeland

Commission seeks sign relief for business owners

ANNA MARIA – City Commissioners are proposing lifting the ban on A-frame sandwich board signs due to the impact the closure of the Anna...
Bob Slicker

Bob Slicker: The Sun’s 2017 Person of the Year

CORTEZ – Webster’s Dictionary defines a philanthropist as “one who makes an active effort to promote human welfare.” Swordfish Grill General Manager Bob Slicker’s dedication...

Officer shoots knife-wielding man in Anna Maria

Updated Jan. 1, 2018 ANNA MARIA – A Bradenton Beach police officer shot and wounded an armed man Saturday night, according to a police report. Authorities...
Anna Maria Pier Damage

Pier closure tops Anna Maria stories in 2017

ANNA MARIA – The pending replacement of the Anna Maria City Pier was a big story that became a bigger story when Hurricane Irma...
Shearon and Chappie

A memorable year in Bradenton Beach

BRADENTON BEACH – 2017 produced changes inside and outside city hall. Future city commissioners will be elected differently, a politically engaged citizens’ group came and...
Aqua by the Bay

Manatee County: The year in review

MANATEE COUNTY – Aqua by the Bay, the loss of Manatee County's beloved mascot, Snooty, the removal of a Confederate monument, the proposed Hunters...
Hunters Point canal

Canal ownership presents unique situation

CORTEZ – What impact does the revelation that Hunters Point Resort and Marina developer Marshall Gobuty owns the inland canal that borders his proposed...
John Chappie

Mayor seeks equal distribution of beach concession funds

BRADENTON BEACH – Mayor John Chappie supports the city of Anna Maria’s request to use $333,000 of surplus beach concession revenues for the replacement...
Bradenton Beach right of way work

Work begins in rights of way

BRADENTON BEACH – Residents are beginning to feel the impact of city rights of way and alleys being reclaimed for city and county water,...
Confederate monument

Confederate monument repairs estimated

BRADENTON – It’s going to cost the county an estimated $41,500 to repair and relocate the Confederate monument damaged in August when it was...
Copeland Citizen of Year

Copeland named Citizen of the Year

ANNA MARIA – Longtime city resident and retired Anna Maria Island reporter Pat Copeland is the city of Anna Maria’s 2017 Citizen of the Year. Copeland...
Hunters Point aerial rendering

Hunters Point plans revealed

CORTEZ – In its first review of the proposed Hunters Point Resort and Marina, the Manatee County Planning Commission praised developer Marshall Gobuty for...
Shark dragging

Shark dragging charges detailed

Updated Dec. 15, 2017 MANATEE COUNTY – The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and the Hillsborough County State Attorney’s Office have charged Manatee...