Casey Key is home to those who bought modest beach cottages decades ago and those who have built gulf-to-bay mansions.
Stephen King is one of Casey Key’s most famous (infamous?) residents. His home is at the very northern end of the island.
While Stephen King is involved in supporting the broader Sarasota community, his publicity appearances are uncommon. If you are in the Sarasota area in March, you’ll have a chance to meet him at Bookstore1 on March 15, 2017.
“Stephen King, one of the best-selling authors of all time, will sign copies of his newest book “End of Watch” at 2 p.m. March 15. King divides his time between homes in Maine and on Casey Key.
“The store said that King will sign only copies of “End of Watch” and those copies must be purchased at Bookstore1. Books went on sale Feb. 20. At the time of purchase, each customer will receive a place-in-line ticket to be presented at the door the day of the event.
I live just a few blocks from the beach, but too many nights I come home tired and close the door behind me. And it’s easy to fill every weekend day with errands, chores and family and social events. “We need to go to the beach,” my boyfriend and I tell each other—for days, weeks, sometimes even months.
And then, finally, one night after work, we do. Walking over the dune, we feel the air change. It’s softer, fresher, tinged with salt. We take off our shoes and the sand squeaks between our toes. We sit close to the water, holding hands and watching tiny sandpipers scurry along the edges of each splashing wave with uncanny precision. By the time that glowing sun has slipped into the Gulf, we’re lost in wonder, in love all over again with this magical sliver where land meets sea, the enchanted zone that’s the heart and soul of Sarasota.
We have so many birds in our neighborhood — not just sandpipers! I believe this is a Great Egret who just walked up the front porch of the beach house.
My mother posted this picture on facebook the other day, “Our grandson was on our front porch reading his bible and singing hymns and this guy came to visit. Not sure if he’s Presbyterian or just looking for food!”
The Sleepy Sandpiper was just as the listing said it would be. Quiet, relaxing and close to the beach. Alexandra couldn’t have been more informative. And checked in to make sure all was going as planned, making sure we could reach her if we needed to. The list of local attractions and restaurants covered a lot of what we were looking for.
Look up at the lights which control the traffic when the bridge needs to be raised. Do you see a large nest? This week I’ve seen two birds in it. I’m not positive, but I think they are ospreys.
I love watching the birds around Nokomis. Just during the past week I’ve seen brown pelicans, great blue herons, anhingas, woodpeckers, cardinals, white ibises, cranes, snowy egrets laughing gulls, and of course, sandpipers.
I keep a copy of the Birds of Florida field guide at the beach house and you are invited to make note of which birds you see, too!
If you really enjoy birdwatching, Oscar Scherer State Park is less than a 10 minute drive away. They frequently offer guided scrub walks, tram tours, and canoe trips. Here is their checklist of birds commonly seen in the area.
While it seems to be a “Well, yeah! Common sense!” conclusion, I find it interesting how researchers design studies to quantify things like this. I also found it surprising that stress reduction was more strongly correlated to living near water in a way that just being near nature wasn’t.
While I’m at the Sleepy Sandpiper, part of my routine is going to the beach for sunset most nights. Our dinner plans are made to accommodate the time the sun goes down.
Then, barefoot, at the beach, releasing that day’s stress.