After kicking off 2013 with our 3rd Annual Riverview High School student cleanup of Skier's Island in March, SBW was very excited to partner with students from Pineview School's Marine Club for the 1st Annual Jim Neville Marine Preserve cleanup in April. This environmental gem near Midnight Pass is skirted by shallow sea grass flats, which makes motor boat access impossible. Economy Tackle (Sarasota) and A Silent Sport Outfitter (Nokomis) came to the rescue and provided kayaks, which we launched from the Conservation Foundation's Bay Preserve property in Osprey.
It was a beautiful day to paddle across the bay to the preserve, after which our group of 18 spent the morning removing tires, chairs, cans bottles, bicycle remains, a steering wheel - almost 400 lbs of trash all told! We also improved trails on the island and removed invasive plants under the guidance of Sarasota County's George Tatge, who oversees the Neville Preserve. Thanks to all for the enthusiastic effort and great results!
Larry Stults, Ph.D., J.D.
The event was a great success with over a ton of debris removed from the Sister Keys. Thanks to all the volunteers that made it successful!