BY LIZA STROUT - They say only one out of every thousand sea turtle hatchlings survives to maturity. A group of local volunteers works to give the turtles every chance possible to survive the dangerous period between a nest being laid and the hatchling reaching the surf.
Coastal Wildlife Club monitors the beaches of Gasparilla Island, Little Gasparilla Island and Manasota Key. CWC volunteers head out early each day to walk miles of local beaches, searching for signs of new sea turtle nests.
BY LIZA STROUT - There may not have been lines of voters stretching out the doors of the Boca Grande Community Center, but for the volunteers manning the polls, it was a success.
“Everything went very smoothly,” said Lew Hastings, executive director of the Boca Grande Chamber of Commerce and primary day volunteer. “I was part of a crew that helped 76 island voters cast their ballots,” he said.
BY NIKKI HEIMANN - Boaters, swimmers, surfers and paddle boarders need to steer clear of the water along the 7th Street beach.
From 10-20 yards offshore, there are several pieces of metal rebar sticking straight up, waiting to impale any inattentive passersby. This debris was left over from the barge that was beached on 14th Street for quite some time last year. Apparently, the barge was disassembled into chunks of metal to be taken elsewhere, but some pieces were left behind.
The Boca Grill Tiki Bar has Bandstand action planned for this Sunday, August 19, from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m.
There will be an acoustic open mic going from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.
BY LIZA STROUT - Gasparilla Island State Park is one of the most popular in the state, according to numbers just released by the Department of Environmental Protection.
In 2011, 872,917 visitors enjoyed the white sand beaches and historic structures of the island gem.
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