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AME Super achievers

AME super achievers

A team of five Anna Maria Elementary (AME) fifth-graders earned first place in the Manatee County School District’s countywide “Battle of the Books” competition...
County commissioners tour pier construction site

County commissioners tour pier construction site

ANNA MARIA – Manatee County Commissioners Betsy Benac, Steve Jonsson and Carol Whitmore took a boat tour of the Anna Maria City Pier construction...
Castles in the Sand

Are you smarter than a hedge fund manager?

The most expensive home in U.S. history was just sold. It’s a four-story condo on Central Park South in New York City dubbed “billionaire's...
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Tourist tax collections 2019

Here's a look at the most recent tourist tax collections in Anna Maria Island's three cities. Numbers reflect the approximate change from the same...
Reel Time: Release program promotes fishery recovery

Reel Time: Release program promotes fishery recovery

On Tuesday, Feb. 26, the Coastal Conservation Association (CCA), in conjunction with Duke Energy and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, released adult...
Castles in the Sand

House hunting – the fun and not so fun

I love technology and, although I may not be as well-versed as a 12-year-old, I do feel that for my generation I’m pretty competent....
Castles in the Sand

Florida’s new foreign buyers

I was born in New York state and up until 20 years ago when I moved to Florida, lived my entire life in the...
WMFR board members plan for the future

WMFR board members plan for the future

BRADENTON – West Manatee Fire Rescue commissioners had a full agenda for their February board meeting. The group met Feb. 19 at the administration building...
Castles in the Sand

A home’s equity is sometimes subjective

Are you familiar with the expression, “The happiest days of a boat owner’s life are the day he buys the boat and the day...
County officials limited in regulating hunting

County officials limited in regulating hunting

BRADENTON – Manatee County would have to petition the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) to establish “no hunting” zones, according to a...
One Particular Harbour marina opens to the public

One Particular Harbour marina opens

The new marina at One Particular Harbour Margaritaville will have a grand opening on Saturday, Feb. 9 from noon to 4 p.m. The opening of the...
Fire district merger talks off the table – for now

Fire district merger talks off the table – for now

MANATEE COUNTY – Manatee County Commissioner Carol Whitmore said the crowd assembled for the Council of Governments meeting was the largest she’s ever seen. The...

Reel Time: Clams restored to Manatee County waters

Sarasota Bay Watch capped a two-year clam restoration effort in January. Despite windy conditions and a choppy bay, board members and volunteers placed 7,000...
Sato and Duncan county’s top Realtors

Sato and Duncan county’s top Realtors

ANNA MARIA ISLAND – Jason Sato was Manatee County’s top Realtor for the fourth consecutive year and Darcie Duncan was the county’s number two...
Castles in the Sand

Sunshine State population growth

There’s a reason that Florida is called the Sunshine State and it has nothing to do with sunshine. What it does have to do with...