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Double homicide shakes Longboat resort, community

Authorities may be closing in on suspects in the Aug. 4 double homicide of a night manager and security guard at a posh Longboat Key resort. Timothy Hurley, 59, of Sarasota, the manager on duty. Kevin Carter, 51, of Bradenton, of Victory Security, were fatally shot at 2:41 a.m. at the Zota Beach Resort, according […]

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Outrage, investigation continue in ‘shark drag’ abuse case

“It’s cruelty to animals. These guys are bad guys.” Capt. Warren Girle, a professional fishing guide and operator of Bradenton Beach Fishing Charters, summed up the outrage in the recreational fishing world about the shark dragging video that went viral the week of July 24. Girle also condemned their abuse to the ecosystem — saying […]

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Snooty, our famous manatee, dies

Snooty, the world’s oldest captive manatee and Manatee County’s own, has died. The South Florida Museum in Bradenton celebrated Snooty’s 69th birthday July 22. A day later, SFM found Snooty dead, leaving a community to mourn and the museum to investigate. Snooty apparently swam into an equipment area that is normally blocked by a bolted […]

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2-year-old drowns at Anna Maria vacation home

Neighbors heard the mother scream from blocks away. Emma Thompson, 2, drowned in a pool July 11 at 207 Sycamore Ave., Anna Maria, according to Manatee County Sheriff’s Office reports. Authorities say the child, her mother and two brothers, age 4 and 7, of Apopka, were vacationing for the week at the Anna Maria rental […]

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Park-and-ride key to island traffic solutions

There’s no sense reinventing the wheel for a traffic study. That’s why Florida Department of Transportation consultants working on the $675,000 District 1 Sarasota/Manatee Barrier Islands Traffic Study pored over more than a dozen completed traffic studies looking for answers. The consultants are tasked with improving traffic flow on the barrier islands from Anna Maria […]

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2nd swimmer in 3 weeks dies in Gulf of Mexico

by Sandy Ambrogi and Kathy Prucnell For the second time in less than three weeks, a visitor to Anna Maria Island has died in the Gulf of Mexico. At 7:03 p.m. Sunday, June 25, Holmes Beach police and Manatee County Marine Rescue responded to a 911 call about a swimmer who went missing in the […]