THE 12 DAYS OF AN OCEAN’S REACH CHRISTMAS
On the 1st day of Christmas, my true love gave to me
A walk along my favorite beach!
On the 2nd day of Christmas, my true love gave to me
2 shells from Andy
On the 3rd day of Christmas, my true love gave to me
3 island bike rides
On the 4th day of Christmas, my true love gave to me
4 fish a’swimming
On the 5th day of Christmas, my true love gave to me
5 sandy kids!
On the 6th day of Christmas, my true love gave to me
6 dolphin jumping
On the 7th day of Christmas, my true love gave to me
7 tubes of sunscreen
On the 8th day of Christmas, my true love gave to me
8 osprey soaring
On the 9th day of Christmas, my true love gave to me
9 golf clubs swinging
On the 10th day of Christmas, my true love gave to me
10 turtles hatching
On the 11th day of Christmas, my true love gave to me
11 boats a sailing
On the 12th day of Christmas, my true love gave to me
12 dazzling sunsets
MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM ALL OF US AT OCEAN’S REACH!
Broadway Broadway Palm Children’s Theatre sets sail on a Christmas pirate adventure with “Jingle ARRGH the Way” playing selected dates through December 24.
This all-new musical is based on Melinda Long’s children’s book, How I Became a Pirate.
A mysterious message sends Captain Braid Beard and his pirate crew back to seek out the young Jeremy Jacob to help solve a riddle and find the Christmas treasure. Favorite characters, a rollicking story, great songs and a trip to the North Pole to find “you know who” makes Jingle ARRGH the Way a delightful holiday show for the whole family.
Broadway Palm Children’s Theatre presents full-scale productions that are great for all ages. Performances begin with a buffet, followed by the show.
Ticket prices for the buffet and the show are $19 for all ages. For showtimes and tickets, call 1-239-278-4422 or visit www.BroadwayPalm.com. The theater is located at 1380 Colonial Boulevard in Fort Myers.
Head to Adventures in Paradise for Santa’s Dolphin Cruise this Christmas Eve!
Even the “big guy” knows there’s no better way to relax before the “big night” than with a memorable day on the water. Cruise out on the waters surrounding Sanibel and take your special holiday photos with Santa on a deserted island in San Carlos Bay.
Volunteers loading a trailer with buckets filled with oyster shells during last week’s oyster restoration program sponsored by the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation; photo by Jeff Lysiak.
Nearly two dozen volunteers recently joined the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation’s (SCCF) ongoing effort to restore oyster bed populations in San Carlos Bay and Tarpon Bay by filling hundreds of buckets of oyster shells and deploying them by barge into local waterways where a number of artificial reefs have been established.
Two large mounds of oyster shells collected from local restaurants were shoveled by volunteers into sturdy plastic buckets. One by one, the buckets were filled, carried onto a trailer, and then transported to Tarpon Bay to a waiting barge next to SCCF’s Marine Lab facility.
“We’ve been collecting oyster shells from restaurants like Timbers and the Lazy Flamingo since 2010,” said Dr. Eric Milbrandt, director of SCCF’s Marine Lab. “We get about 45 gallons of shells every week, and even more during the holidays, so there’s always a lot of shells for us to work with.”
According to Milbrandt, harmful freshwater discharges have resulted in losses of oysters and seagrasses in the Caloosahatchee Estuary. Deploying oyster shells on newly created artificial reefs will help re-establish critical estuarine habitats of shellfish and submerged aquatic vegetation beds.
“What this will do is allow the oyster larvae to attach to it and grow along the reef,” Milbrandt explained. “Once you get a few of them to attach that way, they begin to attach to each other.”
Among the benefits of helping restore eastern oyster populations are the formation of intertidal reefs in the local estuary, providing a habitat for fish and invertebrates, stabilizing shorelines and preventing erosion. Additionally, SCCF is hoping the artificial reefs will become living classrooms used as research platforms.
The oyster restoration initiative, started by SCCF with shell deployments in Clam Bayou, has seen phenomenal success over the years. More than 100 cubic yards of oyster shell has been deployed thus far, with 54 barge loads used to disperse the shells. As a result, seven complete oyster reefs comprising approximately four acres have been created in areas like San Carlos Bay and Tarpon Bay.
“Because we’ve seen so much success with this effort, we want to expand the habitat from a quarter of an acre for each reef to a full acre,” said Milbrandt. “If we hadn’t started this program, these oyster shells would just go into the landfill, so it’s also beneficial that we’re returning them to nature.”
Thanks to our friends at the Island Sun for this story!
Like a good mystery? Then head down to the Fort Myers River District every second Friday of the month from 6 – 8pm for an evening of fun, art and intrigue!
Mystery Walk combines elements of performance art, street art, digital art, community interactive art, visaul art and music where guests never know what to expect!
Participants leisurely stroll through the core downtown area finding the mystery locations. Each location will confirm that they are the quiz answer and then provide your next clue. Finish by 8 pm and return your cards to registration to be entered for cash prizes!
The event is free and friendly for all ages. No purchase is necessary at participating locations. Registration begins at 6pm at the intersection of First and Hendry Streets in front of Iberia Bank in downtown Fort Myers.