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Sarasota Bay Watch releases 6.7 million scallops

Sarasota Bay Watch releases 6.7 million scallops

Sarasota Bay Watch released 6.7 million juvenile scallop larvae into Sarasota Bay last week in its first scallop release of 2013. The group plans to release approximately 50 million larvae this year as part of a multiyear restorative project, more than double the 24 million larvae it released last year. The releases are funded by […]

September 23, 2013 | Posted in Key Fishing, Key Life, Key Recreation, Top Box | Read More »

Hold the fertilizer this summer to help Sarasota Bay

Hold the fertilizer this summer to help Sarasota Bay

The partners of the “Be Floridian” fertilizer education campaign remind Sarasota and Manatee County residents they cannot apply nitrogen or phosphorus to their lawn or plants during the summer season. Both Sarasota and Manatee counties ban application of fertilizers from June 1 through Sept. 30. Not using fertilizers in the summer reduces the amount of […]

July 27, 2012 | Posted in News Shorts | Read More »

Featured property: Longboat Key bayfront

Featured property: Longboat Key bayfront

Gracious Florida living abounds in this 9,000-square-foot, Mediterranean-style estate, nestled on a private and lushly planted acre directly overlooking Sarasota Bay. The two-story foyer leads into a grand living room adorned with Italian Renaissance columns. A gourmet kitchen features state-of-the-art appliances and every convenience. Glass walls in the breakfast nook and family room open onto the spacious terrace.

December 31, 2011 | Posted in Real Estate, Top Box | Read More »

First phase of FISH Preserve complete

First phase of FISH Preserve complete

The first phase of a large-scale restoration project at FISH Preserve in Manatee County has been completed. The Florida Institute for Saltwater Heritage (FISH) Preserve is a 95-acre parcel adjacent to Sarasota Bay within the Village of Cortez. FISH is a non-profit organization that purchased the property in 1999 to help restore, conserve and protect […]

September 11, 2011 | Posted in In the news | Read More »

Sunrise, sunset paddles among new events at Mote

Sunrise, sunset paddles among new events at Mote

Kayak with the early birds or night owls during Mote’s fall education program “Behind the Science,” which brings children and adults into Mote Aquarium and onto Sarasota Bay to spotlight the animals and environments studied by scientists at Mote Marine Laboratory. Glide along the waters of Sarasota Bay and meet the animals that come out […]

August 19, 2011 | Posted in In the news | Read More »

Bone collection receives accreditation

Bone collection receives accreditation

The dolphin and whale bone collection at Mote Marine Laboratory has recently been accredited by a nationwide mammal research society, which called the collection’s scientific value unsurpassed. The accreditation is the highest seal of approval that such collections can receive. The Ruth DeLynn Cetacean Osteological Collection, which holds 650 bone specimens from 17 species of […]

July 15, 2011 | Posted in In the news | Read More »

Bridge and birding, serious play

Bridge and birding, serious play

A few mornings each week my wife places her hand over part of The New York Times bridge column and reads it in silence like a monk engrossed in a sacred text. When I interrupt she replies, “Honey, I’m doing my bridge.” Last winter when she took a bridge course at the LBK Education Center I dropped her off and went birding

June 10, 2011 | Posted in Key Life, Top Box | Read More »

Checking out a birding walk

Checking out a birding walk

It’s Valentine’s Day at Leffis Key on Anna Maria Island. Tomorrow morning I’m taking a birding class from the LBK Education Center to the Bay Walk here. As I walk, two ospreys are above Gulf Drive, one coming from the gulf and the other heading for LBK

June 3, 2011 | Posted in Key Life, Top Box | Read More »

Island Style Windsuring Classic

Island Style Windsuring Classic

Watch the Island Style Windsurfing Classic from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m, Feb. 19, on Sarasota Bay. The event is a national championship and the best viewing location will be on City Island at the Sarasota Sailing Squadron location. Free for spectators.

February 18, 2011 | Posted in In the news, Top Box | Read More »

Free kayak trips in Sarasota Bay

Free kayak trips in Sarasota Bay

There are five free kayak tours available with the Sarasota Bay Estuary Program (SBEP) through April, including South Lido Mangrove Tunnels Feb. 19, two trips to Whitaker Bayou March 5 and March 19, and the final two trips to Lyons and Blackburn Bay April 9 and April 23. Interested kayakers can register online at sarasotabay.org. […]

February 14, 2011 | Posted in In the news, Top Box | Read More »