Can You Spot the Sea Turtle Nests?

The 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.

 

Anna Maria Island Sea Turtles 2017

Learn and Love Where You Are

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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?

 

“Perfect place to spend our family holiday”

“It was our second stay in the Sleepy Sandpiper and it was like coming home. We love Alexandra´s house and we enjoyed our vacation in this private and quiet location. A few modifications have been done since last year. For us it´s the absolutely perfect place to spend our family holiday and for sure we will come back.”

“Enjoy the comfort. . .”

I have enjoyed Sleepy Sandpiper more than once and plan to enter this quiet neighborhood home again. The nearby Gulf calls my name as well as Pop’s Ferry for delicious seafood and a beautiful view. Shopping is nearby for convenience.
It is close to Sarasota and not too far from Tampa for nearby excursions to the Dali Museum or perhaps Ringling Museum. I believe you will enjoy the comfort of the Sleepy Sandpiper.

Stephen King Book Signing

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.

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Stephen King @ Bookstore1

 

“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.

The Sleepy Sandpiper is just over the bridge from Nokomis Beach on historic Casey Key, which is said to be the inspiration for the setting of the book “Duma Key.” I love to take the drive up the winding Casey Key Road to Blackburn Point Road.

Grab dinner at the Casey Key Fish House, another place King is known to frequent.   If you don’t see him, no loss — it’s a great place to eat!

 

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Visit Casey Key Fish House — Great Food and Atmosphere!

“Exactly what we neded — would love to come back!”

We loved the Sleepy Sandpiper! Alexandra was the perfect host, thinking of all the little things for a great stay, including beach towels, chairs and kid’s beach toys! Not to mention that her communication was excellent! The home was exactly what we needed – enough space for me and my husband, 2 kids and my parents with room to spare. It’s close to everything and even just a short walk to the beach! Lovely trip and we would so love to come back!

Sarasota Highland Games

Experience a bit of Sarasota’s Scottish heritage at the Sarasota Highland Games, February 3rd – 4th, 2017!

The event kicks off [Friday] with a ceilidh, a traditional Celtic party. The next day, kilted Scotsmen compete in feats of strength like the caber toss and stone throw, while the rest of us can gather with our clan—be it Wallace, Maxwell, Ross or otherwise—and nosh on meat pies and sausage rolls to the seductive sounds of the bagpipes.

Sarasota Magazine

Get more information and a full schedule of the games from the Sarasota Highland Games website.