Sarasota Bay Watch News

Sister Keys Invasive Cleanup

Members of Sarasota Bay Watch teamed up with The Mar Vista Dockside Restaurant, Longboat Key Turtle Watch, Suncoast Waterkeepers, St Stephan’s Episcopal, Whitney’s and the Town of Longboat Key to do an invasive cleanup on the Sister Keys Saturday November 23rd from 8:00 – 12:00. Thirty volunteers worked to help Longboat Key keep the keys in their “natural” state. First started in 1989 as The Sister Keys Conservancy the islands were saved from imminent development in 1992 when the Town helped purchase the islands and set them aside as a nature preserve in perpetuity. In 2007 a million plus mitigation project removed all invasive species, planted native vegetation and created a two-acre wetland. Sarasota Bay Watch has a yearly cleanup in April and the Invasive cleanup in November. For more information on the history of the Sister Keys visit Find Sarasota Bay Watch at

The Sister Keys north island looking north. Courtesy Dan Madole

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