ANERR to host July 1 meeting
The Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve is hosting a public meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 1 at the reserve, 108 Island Drive, Eastpoint. Local and regional stakeholders are invited to provide input to state and federal entities about what the reserve does and what stakeholders think the reserve should do that it doesn’t.
Written comments on reserve programs are encouraged, and participation at the public meeting is not required for submission. Written comments should be sent to Carrie Hall NOAA/NOS/OCRM, via e-mail to Carrie.Hall@noaa.gov no later than July 12.
Paddle Out on July 3
Kickoff the Independence Day Celebration at Riverfront Park with a patriotic paddle event on Thursday, July 3 from 9 a.m. to noon. Join the Forgotten Coast Paddle Club as they paddle down the Apalachicola River in a three mile easy paddle.
Interested paddlers will meet at the Apalachicola Maritime Museum and be shuttled upriver where they will launch and paddle down to Riverfront Park to join the celebration beginning at the park at noon. Paddlers are encouraged to fly redm white and blue colors so bring your flags!
Need a kayak? Apalachicola Maritime Museum (653-2500) or Journeys of St. George Island (927-3259) will provide a kayak, paddle and personal flotation device for $20. Plan for a two to three-hour trip depending on your paddling level. Bring sunscreen, water and snack.
Holiday cleanup July 5 on island
On July 5, volunteers will meet in Lighthouse Park at 9 a.m. to clean the streets and beach after the Independence Day. Trash bags, gloves, and water will be provided--also T-shirts and caps for those who still need/want them. Remember to wear closed toed shoes and bring sunscreen and insect repellant.
Sea turtle lectures on Wednesdays
Anyone interested in learning about sea turtle nesting can attend 2 p.m. turtle orientation meetings on Wednesdays during July at the Apalachicola National Estuarine Research (ANERR) Reserve Visitor Center in Eastpoint. The presentations are hosted by the St. George Island Volunteer Turtlers and ANERR. Common sense turtle tips include removing all beach chairs and umbrellas at the end of the day and using red-filtered flashlights when walking on the beach at night to avoid disorienting hatchlings
Island summer bingo every Tuesday
Summer Bingo on St. George Island is on Tuesdays at the St. George Island Firehouse, 324 E. Pine Avenue, beginning at 7 p.m. The cost is 50 cents per card.