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.

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Beach access re-opens this week (Longboat Key)

- Longboat Key Observer

Area beach water quality : 3 out of 5 stars at best

- Bradenton Herald

Quiet water kayak trips JULY 2 & JULY 4

July 2  & July 4: Little Sarasota Bay / Palmer Point Park
8:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Leisurely paddling and observation at a variety of sites difficult to visit by any other means. Kayak, paddle, life vest, etc supplied. If you haven’t used a kayak before, a short training session before the trip will get you going.
Call John at (941)966-7308 for reservations. Members who own a kayak and life vests are welcome to go on trips marked with an asterisk(*) for a $5 donation to ALS. Cost is $20 members, $25 non-8members unless otherwise noted.

Piney Point spill twice as large as estimated

- Sarasota Herald Tribune

Monday, June 27, 2011


There is still time to join the Society with trip leader, Bob Quinn on an adventure along the long strand of sand that forms Cape Hatteras. Over 100 miles long it brings you closer to the Gulf Stream than any other shore line in the States. Best in the fall (summer crowds have gone) the weather is still moderte. Birds and butterflies are migrating and flowers are still in bloom. The human history is just as interesting as the natural, we will spend our relaxing days visiting the Wright Brothers sites as well as beach combing, birding, and botanizing. If conditions are right, we will take a boat trip out to the Gulf Stream.
Cost: $1,945 per person includes lodging, most meals, ground transportation a boat trip, guides, hand outs, and all entrance fees. The trip begins and ends in Nags Head, NC. If planning on going to the Annual Meeting in Cape May - October 20-23 - you are halfway there.Call Pat if interested or email her: 732-291-0055 or

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Friday, June 24, 2011

Turtle Crawls

Apparently, last night was great for one group of turtle crawl recorders...five false crawls and three nests.    Pat Jones just sent this photo of a turtle crawl to an already occupied space.  What did the last arrival  end up doing?

Turtle Nests on North Longboat Key

Mother Turtle found her way into the woods.  Baby turtles will not have to deal with disorienting lights from buildings when they hatch.  However, they will have to figure out how to get out of the "woods".

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Oil drilling opponents converging on SW Florida beaches this weekend

- Naples News

North Longboat Key Sand Renourishment

 The beach has been widened on the NW Gulf side of Longboat Key.  Pipes and other equipment are being removed from the beach.
However, the re-nourishment has stopped just north of the condos.
No sand has been added to everyone's favorite "Beer Can Island". 
We have yet to hear of the plans for Beer Can Island...if there are any.
OK, Blog Audience,  tell us how Beer Can will look in one year.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Lido Beach Plantings and Irrigation

Sidewalks and parking lots along Lido Beach are being spruced up with new native plantings.  Sprinkler systems are being added along the sidewalks.

Signed contract means Wares Creek project starts later this summer

- Bradneton Herald

Saturday, June 11, 2011

July-August Kayak Schedule

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The firebush, planted during an earlier outing at North Lido Park,
adds a lovely and fragile color to the scene.

Injured by a shark, mother turtle gets help laying eggs

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Littoral Society Lends a Hand at North Lido

John Sarkozy and our SE Littorial Society are providing plants for the July 9 event and will be working on other projects in the future with Sarasota Bay Estuary Program.

Native Planting at North Lido

Sarasota Bay Guardians Host Volunteer Event
Native Planting at North Lido
SBEP Restoration Siteseagrass map 3

Local contractors working with the Sarasota Bay Estuary Program have completed the development of a new tidal tributary at North Lido Park adjacent to the beach access.

The tidal wetland was created to provide essential habitat for estuarine dependent fish species, according to Jay Leverone, PhD, SBEP's staff scientist. "The restoration also provides improved habitat for birds, reptiles and other wildlife," he added. "Local citizens have already reported seeing eagles, ospreys, a gopher tortoise, and numerous schools of small fish in the park."

Sarasota Bay Estuary Program is partnering with the City of Sarasota and Around the Bend Nature Tours to bring you this native planting event.

This event is suitable for all ages.
Please wear hat, sunscreen, close-toed shoes (old tennis shoes work great), clothes that can get dirty and work gloves. Also, please bring a water bottle if you have one to reduce our plastic pollution.

Bay Guardians shirts will be available for all volunteers! If you already have one please wear your shirt to the event.
Parking is limited. Please carpool if you can!

WHAT: Bay Guardians Native Planting at North Lido
WHERE: North Lido Restoration Site: 154 Emerson Drive Sarasota, FL 34236
WHEN: Saturday, July 9, 2011, 9:00am-12:00pm

Lunch will be provided for all volunteers after the planting is done!

RSVP Required: Click here to register!
Questions? Contact, 941-955-8085 or,

Major funding for the restoration project comes from Southwest Florida Water Management District and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Other project partners include the City of Sarasota and Sarasota County. Individuals and organizations supporting the project include the Lido Shores Property Owners Association, Lido Key Residents Association, Sarasota Audubon Society, and Captain Jeffrey Karr with the Sarasota Police Department.

The Sarasota Bay Estuary Program
is dedicated to restoring the area's greatest natural asset-Sarasota Bay. Its unique program strives to improve water quality, increase habitat and enhance the natural resources of the area for use and enjoyment by the public. Sarasota Bay is one of 28 estuaries in the United States that have been named by the U.S. Congress as an "estuary of national significance."

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Restaurant Review: Mar Vista - Sarasota Herald Tribune
Outside seating
DockFuture upstairs seating