SARASOTA CO., FL (WWSB) – The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office responded to call involving an alligator in a family’s swimming pool.
Deputies say, “Luckily, these homeowners took a second look this morning before jumping in to kick off their Memorial Day.”
The 7-8 foot alligator was at the bottom of the swimming pool at the home in a Plantation neighborhood.
We love the water at the
Sleepy Sandpiper — and are just a 10 minute walk to the beach. But this is exactly why we don’t have a pool!
first loggerhead sea turtle nests of the season were spotted on Anna Maria Island, just north of Casey Key and the Sleepy Sandpiper beach house.
Sea Turtle nests are quite common on Nokomis Public Beach. According to
Mote Marine Aquarium and Research Laboratory, here are some do’s and don’ts. . .
Here are some “do and don’t” tips to keep our beaches turtle-friendly:
DO stay away from sea turtle nests marked with yellow stakes and tape, and seabird nesting zones that are bounded by ropes.
DO remain quiet and observe from a distance if you encounter a nesting sea turtle or hatchlings.
DO shield or turn off outdoor lights that are visible on the beach from May through October.
DO close drapes after dark and stack beach furniture at the dune line or, ideally, remove it from the beach
DO fill in holes that may entrap hatchlings on their way to the water.
DON’T approach nesting turtles or hatchlings, make noise, or shine lights at turtles.
DON’T use flashlights, head lamps or fishing lamps on the beach.
DON’T encourage a turtle to move while nesting or pick up hatchlings that have emerged and are heading for the water.
DON’T use fireworks on the beach.
DON’T walk dogs on any Sarasota County beach other than Brohard Paw Park in Venice. There, dogs must be leashed or under voice control, according to county ordinances.
Practicing phonics and letter formation on the beach.
Worldschooling is on the rise. Families packing up and traveling, kids learning as they go. Not all of us desire to uproot our lives completely, and yet we can adapt worldschool ideas to our own families, right where we are.
When you visit the
Sleepy Sandpiper, there is so much to explore. Natural history and science can be experienced through the rhythms of the tides, collecting sharks’ teeth, scouting out turtle nests, visiting Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium, exploring the Legacy Trail, and observing the birds in the backyard.
Local history can be experienced during the summer camps at
Historic Spanish Point and celebrating the Venice 90th Anniversary.
Look at your hometown, right where you are, through the eyes of a worldschool family. What can you do to embrace learning and exploring right where you are?
Oh, I just love this film! It’s so adorable! And “Piper” won the Oscar for Best Animation Short Film 2017.
May you and your loves find joy this Valentine’s Day!
Happy Valentine’s Day!
Run away with your sweetheart to the
Sleepy Sandpiper, at Valentine’s Day, your anniversary, or anytime through the year!
I love walking up and down the sea shore, inhaling the fresh sea salt breeze. I hear the gentle rhythm of the waves and watch the sunset.
Sometimes I keep my eyes on the sand, letting them follow the tide line, looking for shells. This article from
Travel for Wildlife will equip you to determine whether the sea treasures you find are alive (give them back to the Gulf!) or dead (bring home as a reminder of peaceful beach days.)
(Some of the photos in the article are from Sanibal Island, just an hour and a half south of the
Seeking Shells, Nokomis Beach October 2016