Crystal clear waters replaced by sweet water, fish still bite

If you’re looking to dip a line into the crystal-clear waters surrounding Anna Maria Island, it’s not going to happen this week. Of course, you can go fishing, but as for the clear water, you may have to wait for Lake Manatee to stop draining blackened “sweet water” into Tampa Bay via the Manatee River. […]

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Holy waterspout!

Tjet Martin captures a waterspout on the Gulf of Mexico Aug. 24 with her camera from the deck at the home she shares with Bradenton Beach Mayor Bill Shearon in the 300 block of Gulf Drive. She said the first one was pretty scary looking, and then a second one formed close to the first. […]

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Bradenton Beach approves citizen ballot initiatives

The petitions have been signed, sealed and delivered, with just enough time to get three Bradenton Beach citizen’s initiatives on the November ballot. The grassroots group Concerned Neighbors of Bradenton Beach prepared three ballot initiatives and collected petition signatures from more than 100 Bradenton Beach voters — fulfilling the requirement for signatures from at least […]

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Cortez residents pool resources, resist DOT megabridge

With one last chance remaining to impress upon the Florida Department of Transportation their preference for retaining the low-rise Cortez Bridge, a two-hour strategy session Aug. 26 brought roughly 50 people together to discuss how best to get their message across. If you go Who: Anyone interested in the repair or replacement of the Cortez […]

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Anna Maria Island’s sea turtle season peaks, hatches abound

Sea turtle season has peaked on Anna Maria Island. As of Aug. 27, Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring reported 272 hatched nests on the island. Nesting has slowed to a trickle. Turtle watch warns: ‘TVs could harm hatchlings’ As of Aug. 27, Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring reported 54 […]

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Spoiler poses for Anna Maria commission seat

Commissioners Carol Carter, Doug Copeland and Dale Woodland are hoping to keep their seats in the Nov. 7 election. All three have submitted qualification papers to seek re-election. Laurie Jo Higgins, a resident of Anna Maria for nearly 22 years, is looking to be a spoiler. “I’m very nervous,” admitted Higgins, who has never run […]

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