This blog is dedicated to the environmental well-being of our Florida coastal habitat.

This blog is
dedicated to the environmental well-being of coastal habitat.

Monday, December 28, 2009

Monday, December 21, 2009

Invitation from Sarasota Bay Watch

You are invited to join us at the:
Inaugural Sarasota Bay Watch Stakeholders' Meeting
"Our Living Shoreline"
Tuesday, January 19; 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
(Meeting begins at 6:30)
New Pass Room, Keating Center, Mote Marine Laboratory
1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy, Sarasota, FL 34236
Please join us for an informative evening regarding the present state of the Sarasota Bay ecosystem. Speakers will present current restoration programs and new personal options for shore-line homeowners (including scallop cages,reef balls and dock and seawall habitats). A question and answer session will follow the presentations. Participating groups and organizations include Sarasota Bay Watch, Sarasota Bay Estuary Program, Manatee County Government, Sarasota County Government, Reef Ball Foundation, and ORCA (Ocean Restoration Corp. & Associates).
This free event is open to the public. Registration is required. Please call (941) 953-5333 to register.

Red Tide Beach Study on Siesta Key Public Beach Today
- Zoo and Aquarium Visitor

There's also lots of news about events at Aquariums, Sanctuaries, Wildlife Rehabilitation Centers, etc. at this site.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Quick Point Catch

Bay Life Search

Sunday, December 6, 2009

This week's storm on the New Jersey Coast

Seaside Park & Seaside Heights in Jersey.
The Surf Club in Seaside was almost washed away.

Northeast storms are common along the New Jersey coast.

Oil drilling realities
- Sarasota Herald Tribune

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Supreme Court to hear Florida beach property rights dispute,0,344997.story
- Los Angeles Times

Florida beach dispute in Supreme Court could impact local restoration projects
- Naples News

Neptune Beach council looks at more protection for public land

Offshore Drilling

"During the last legislative session, anonymous oil
representatives told Florida's legislators that offshore drilling could be
done 3 - 10 miles offshore without harming Florida's environment,
tourism or the economy.
The fact is Florida's economy is based on having clean beaches and a
healthy environment, not oil refineries, storage tanks, oil platforms and
pipelines. The fact is hurricanes happen and oil spills happen, the fact is
using the most modern and best available technologies oil spills still
happen, and the fact is oil refineries require tremendous amount of
water and will compete directly with existing industries and jobs that are
dependent on a limited supply of water."

- Manasota-88: December 2009 Newsletter

Rose Bay cleanup nears final stages
- Daytona Beach News-Journal Online

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Sand and The Supreme Court - A Note from our Director

The United States Supreme Court has decided to hear a case involving a proposed beach reclamation project in Florida that affected coastal property owners claim will place a wide swath of public sand between them and the Gulf of Mexico depriving them of their waterfront property rights. The state Supreme Court of Florida had upheld the state project stating that “Florida has a constitutional duty to protect its beaches”. The plaintiffs claim “the intent is a land grab by local government to create a public beach where a private beach previously existed”.
Let’s hope the state prevails in this one. Private ownership of coastal property should not include beaches which should be considered part of the public domain. Because of the state’s rights principle the public trust doctrine is inconsistent throughout the nation even though the public pays for both maintenance of present shorelines and past mistakes that have created erosion or taken access away from the public.
- David Bulloch, Director, SE American Littoral Society

Friday, November 20, 2009

Big Bend Scenic Byway becomes national treasure
- Appalachicola Times

Bruce Dayton announces 2 new nature walks

From Beach to Lagoon

Mondays: Jan.18 and Feb.15

Free nature walk from the Gulf shore to a lagoon off Lemon Bay led by ecologist Bruce Dayton at Blind Pass Beach. We discuss how water, wind, sand and living things interact to create our beautiful barrier islands (keys as we call them). The biological emphasis will be on habitats. Included are beach, dune, coastal hammock and mangrove. It is a fairly easy two hour stroll on beach, boardwalk, and a short trail. We will meet at 9am by the Blind Pass sign across from the parking area. Approximate time is two hours. Walk is given under the auspices of Sarasota Parks and Recreation. Regstration is required and is limited to 15 participants. Call 941-650-2487 or 493 5087 to register.

See treasure in jewel boxes from the sea
- Sanibel Captiva Islander

Red tide may cause respiratory irritation on Marco, causes fish kills in Naples
- Naples News

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Save our Seabirds offering free tours

Save Our Seabirds Rehabilitation Center
is offering guided tours of the facility beginning Friday, Nov. 20. The free, hour-long tours will be every Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. SOS houses more than 20 bird species at 1708 Ken Thompson Parkway across from Mote Marine Laboratory. For more information or for large groups, call 388-3010.

Covered wagon trips at Robinson Preserve

Manatee County’s Natural Resources Department (NRD) is hosting a special wagon trip through Robinson Preserve on Thursday, Nov. 19, at 9 and 10:30 a.m.

A naturalist tour guide will explain the preserve’s history, resident wildlife, flowers, and preserve highlights including the 40-foot-tall observation tower.

A fee of $3 per adult and $2 per child will be charged (price includes tax). Trips will last approximately one hour. These tours are suitable for all ages. To make a reservation, contact Melissa Cain Nell at or call 941 742 5757 ext.1.

- Anna Maria News - Vol 10 No 8 - Nov 18, 2009

Oceans absorbing CO2 less easily study finds
- Sarasota Herald Tribune

A voice of conservation on Little Sarasota Bay
- Sarasota Herald Tribune

Note: Explore the sea life near our shores with American Littoral Society biologist, Bruce Dayton,
this Saturday, Nov, 21, 9:30-11:30 am.,
at Sarasota Conservation Foundation, Osprey

Bruce at (941) 493-5087 for reservations. No charge but donations are always welcome. Wading shoes suggested.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Siesta Key - Beach Access #2, Avenida Messina

At Beach Accesses # 2 & # 3, there is no place to park.
The road bordering the beach is PRIVATE and partially sand-covered.
There was once a fishing pier or bulwark here
which the waves have destroyed.

Some people still venture out to the end with fishing poles.
They say that all kinds of fish can be caught here,
but it looks dangerous.

Park at Access #3, further south, and walk here.
There is always something interesting to see, such as the snowy egret below.

Welcoming oysters back to the shoreline
- Nature Conservancy

Oyster rules remain
- Pensacola News Journal

Beach roads knocked out by Ida expected to reopen soon
- Pensacola News Journal

Rough water delays red tide sampling
- Naples News

See Mote's "Beach Condition Report" :
(note: Go back to the main map for each area of interest.)

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Bruce Dayton leads Blind Pass beach and trail walk

Beach Talk

Ghost crab hole (above) and tracks (below).
(Tire tracks and shoe tracks included to confuse you!)

Muhly Grass has lavender flower spikes in the Fall.
It grows in very dry locations and is salt tolerant.

Sea Purselane
The leaves of this plant are edible!
Prickly Pear Cactus: In the Spring, it will have beautiful yellow flowers.Gopher Tortoise Hole

The spiny back orb weaver stretches his web across paths in hammocks near the shore.

Native coontie : In winter, it will produce bright red cone-like blooms.

Mote treats turtles with tumor causing illness
- Longboat Key Observer

Longboat Key history surfaces
- Longboat Key Observer

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Bradenton Beach public beaches

There are almost 2 miles of public beach to enjoy along Gulf Drive on the southern tip of Anna Maria Island. Bike paths and lots of public parking are available. Jetties are spaced along the shoreline, most in disrepair, but still intact. (Walking/fishing is not allowed on any of them.) There were lots of shells and birds on this lovely Fall day.

Buttons of the Sea
- Sanibel-Captiva Islander

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Monsters no more - Sawfish endangered
- Sanibel-Captiva Islander

A human message - Don't change Bird Key Park
- Sarasota Herald Tribune

Improvements planned for Bird Key Park

East end of Bird Key Park

Steep slope down to water.
The boulders placed to prevent erosion...didn't.

At high tide, they make it difficult to wade in the water.

"Access Point"
This means a break in the concrete blocks along the slope down to water.

Present parking. This photo was taken on a windy day at high tide.
On better days,
when people could get in the water,
the parking lot could be filled.