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EVENT TITLE: Sarasota County Seagrass Survey and Nature Festival DATE: Saturday, April 27, 2019 TIME: Seagrass Survey: 8am – 1pm (registered volunteers can sign-in/pick up their packets & equipment from 7:30 – 8 am) Nature Festival: 11 am – 2 pm LOCATION: Sarasota Sailing Squadron, 1717 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota FL 34236 DESCRIPTION: Hosted by [...]

Members of the Indian Beach/Sapphire Shores neighborhood community wanted to improve the natural aesthetics and protection of their shoreline along the Bay and reached out to a number of environmental partners to bring together the expertise and funding needed to undertake an impressive restoration project. As shown in the above picture, members of the various [...]

Shortly after the last presidential race in the U.S. the Yale Program on Climate Change conducted its bi-annual Climate Change in the American Mind national survey. They found that the number of Americans “very worried” about global warming had reached a record high (19 percent), since first measured in 2008. A majority of Americans (61 [...]

Over the past year Southwest Florida has had to deal with red tide, a harmful algae that has fouled waterways. This bloom has not only severely damaged our marine environment and sea life, but it has ravaged our tourism-based economy with reported lost business from seaside restaurants ranging from 40% to 60%. When you also [...]

IT’S TIME TO BE HEARD

The political climate for undertaking long overdue infrastructure improvements that will reduce the nutrients that feed red tide in our waterways is the most favorable in recent memory. We all have to take advantage of it to ensure that encouraging promises are funded and acted upon. For START, this means meeting with leading federal, state [...]

At the beginning of 2019 the Florida Congressional Delegation consisting of U.S. Reps. Vern Buchanan, Kathy Castor, Charlie Christ and Francis Rooney, reintroduced the bipartisan Florida Coastal Protection Act, which would make permanent the current moratorium on oil drilling slated to expire in 2022. The moratorium currently in place protects waters up to 235 miles [...]

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