Top Ways To Clean Up The Beaches Around Palmetto

Top Ways To Clean Up The Beaches Around Palmetto

It’s not unusual to find balloons, plastic bags, and paper napkins littered on the beach. Beach clean-ups are often done by locals and environmental groups, but unfortunately, trash can travel from miles and miles away. If you are looking to enjoy a nice relaxing day at one of the beaches around Palmetto though, then keeping it clean is the number one priority.

Keeping beaches clean is everyone’s responsibility. Here are five ways you can keep the beaches around Palmetto clean for all to enjoy!

1. Don’t bring plastic shopping bags, plastic straws, plastic water bottles, or Styrofoam plates to the beach. Many animals will mistake plastic items for food and will eat them. This can result in starvation, because the animal’s stomach is filled with plastic that can’t digest. In addition, since plastic never degrades, we need to reduce the amount of plastic that we throw away.

2. Don’t release balloons into the sky. When a balloon’s helium leaks out, it will probably end up in the ocean. Animals can eat balloons or become entangled in the balloon’s string. This string can injure an animal and even take off a limb. Entangled animals are also at risk of drowning.

3. Pick up after your pet. If your pet goes to the bathroom on the beach, pick up the waste and throw it in a trash can. Pet waste adds viruses and bacteria to the environment. Who wants to swim in that?

4. Throw away cigarette butts. Dispose of cigarette butts properly. Nicotine from cigarettes can have a negative effect on the environment.

5. Throw your trash into a designated trash can. Do the same for any other trash you encounter on the beach. The more trash we can remove from the environment, the better. Trash can leach harmful chemicals into the sand or sediment. However, always use common sense when picking up trash on the beach. Don’t pick up sharp objects or anything that could make you sick.

Florida Is Number 1 For Fishing and Boating Spots

Florida Is Number 1 For Fishing and Boating Spots

There are now nine locations in Florida recognized as ideal places for outdoor summer fun for the entire family.

Florida topped the Take Me Fishing 2016 “Top 100 Family Friendly Places to Boat and Fish in the U.S.” list. Florida was in the top four locations, with nine total locations on the list.

The top four locations are: Everglades National Park, Bahia Honda State Park, Blue Springs State Park, and Lake Kissimmee State Park.

Blu-Mangrove-GrillThe other five Florida locations are: Suwannee River, Harris Chain of Lakes, Lake Osborne, Lake Okeeheelee and Katheryn Abbey Hanna Park.

Recreational boating, combined with saltwater and freshwater fishing, contribute more than $20 billion annually to Florida’s economy. Fishing and boating are wholesome activities that bring families together and get more people outdoors. Overall, they’re fun hobbies that positively impact both the community and the economy.

More than 100 state parks in Florida offer fishing as a family-friendly, year-round activity. Visit FloridaStateParks.org to find one in your area. This summer is a great time to get outside, soak in the sunshine, and appreciate nature. What are you waiting for?

If you are ready to take your family fishing trip or boating excursion to the next level then be sure to stop by the Manatee River and Riviera Dunes Marina. We are the premier luxury marina on Florida’s Gulf Coast. With 219 wet slips ranging from 35 to 110 feet, we have everything you need to enjoy a trip to Palmetto. Come on out and explore the beautiful west coast of Florida and we know that you will want to stay forever. Contact one of our talented marina staff members today to see just how Riviera Dunes Marina can help to make your summer of boating and fishing one to remember!

Top Fun and Free Things To Do In Sarasota

Top Fun and Free Things To Do In Sarasota

Fun in Sarasota doesn’t have to be expensive. In fact, many activities in Sarasota are free! Check out this extensive list below.

1. Get to the beach. Sarasota has 35 miles of beaches, all open to the public.

2. Siesta Key Drum Circle. Watch the beautiful sunset and listen to the drummers on Siesta Key Public Beach on Sunday evenings.

3. Catch a wave. North Jetty Park makes this one of the most exciting surfing beaches in Florida.

4. Tune in. Free “Summer concerts in the park” are offered throughout Sarasota County!

5. Go fly a kite on Siesta Beach. The colorful kites and powerful Gulf breeze will amaze you!

6. Appreciate the art. Admission is free on Mondays to the Ringling Museum of Art.

7. Pick a pet. Visit the Humane Society of Sarasota County and become a Match Maker, Kennel or Office Assistant, or even a Cat Cuddler.

8. A Day at the Guide Dog School. Visitors and volunteers are welcome for puppy hugging, walking, and grooming.

9. Catch a cricket game. The Sarasota International Cricket Club’s grounds are recognized as the best in the Southeast!

10. Catch a fish. Go fishing on one of Sarasota’s many fishing piers and bridges.

11. Start horsing around. At InStride Therapy for Therapeutic (Horse) Riding, volunteers are needed for numerous tasks!

12. Go to the park. Some Sarasota parks and beaches even allow pets on leashes!

13. Go bike riding in Myakka State Park.

14. Watch alligators in Oscar Scherer State Park.

15. First Friday Art Walks on Palm Avenue are filled with dining, art, and antiques.

16. Stroll Towles Court. Towles Court is a privately owned artist colony.

17. Explore fun and funky Rosemary District in Downtown Sarasota.

18. Bum Around Burns Court, a collection of 1920s bungalows.

19. Browse St. Armands Circle, a world-renowned complex with upscale clothing and jewelry stores, art galleries, and restaurants.

20. Check out Bradenton Beach’s Scenic Highway.

21. Check out the Tamiami Trail Scenic Highway.

22. Visit Mixon’s fruit farm, browse the gift shop, or walk around the grove.

23. Snag-a-tooth. The South Jetty is the shark tooth capital of the world. The fossils appear all over the beach!

24. Take a dip at Lake Manatee State Park.

25. Frolic in the Myakka State Forest.

26. Visit the Red Barn Flea Market, one of Florida’s most popular flea markets.

27. Shop the Prime Outlets in Ellenton.

28. Book’em Dano. Brant’s Books is one of Florida’s largest used, independently owned stores.

29. Relax on the North Beaches. Anna Maria Island & Bradenton area beaches often offer secluded spots with beautiful dunes.

30. Go shopping. Historic Bridge Street at Bradenton Beach on Anna Maria Island is a stunning shopping hub.

31. Keep shopping. St. Armands Circle has more than 130 fashion boutiques, cafes, restaurants, pizzerias, and art galleries.

32. Walk around Downtown Sarasota and check out the buildings on Main Street.

33. Check out Siesta Key Village for great beaches, beer, and souvenirs!

34. Shop historic Venice. Venice has many nice boutiques, gift shops, and restaurants.

35. Seek an Antique. The women’s Exchange Consignment Shop on Orange Avenue has many treasures!

36. Watch the ships sail at Marina Jacks.

37. Walk the plank at the historic Cortez Fishing Village.

38. Go to Selby Botanical Gardens, which was named one of America’s Ten Top Botanical Gardens.

39. Go fish! Charter a boat or hang out in Sarasota Bay.

40. Tee off. Although this might not be free, some Golf courses are very affordable.

 

And of course, once you are in Sarasota be sure to stop by the #1 luxury marina in Central Florida, Riviera Dunes Marina. With multiple slips available for rent, you will be in the safest marina possible right on the Manatee River. Contact Riviera Dunes Marina today to see just why we are the premier marina in Central Florida.