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What's (SUP)?! :) Stand Up Paddleboard!
As part of the international Paddle for the Planet event (www.paddlefortheplanet.org) ,
SUP’n Girls will be doing their part this upcoming Saturday, June 23, at 9am.
Please join them and help with a beach cleanup and plant vegetation to stabilize the new sand placed to protect Deadman's Island!
The Girl Scouts will be joining us as well!
The SUPN gang will meet at 9am at the beach behind Unique Café at the
base of the GB side of the bay bridge.
If you dont have a stand up paddle board,join us by kayak or meet us at 9am at the boat ramp to be picked up by boat and at 11am to be taken back to the boat ramp.
I need a few volunteer boats and boat drivers to pick up the volunteers at 8:45 and I need a boat driver for the pontoon boat around 7:30 to haul plants and any supplies. Please call or text the
Project Manager, Heather Reed to confirm if you can assist with the boats.
Please bring any shovels, trowels, and/or bulb planters. Dont forget your water shoes, and sunscreen!
Please let SUP'n Leader Linda thompson email@example.com or Heather Reed 850-346-2073
whether are able to join them for this incredible opportunity to paddle for our planet!
See you there at Paddle for the Planet event! It's going to be a great day!
Pensacola News Journal by Kimberly Blair
We will be affixing quadrats to the oyster
units with cable ties. Created by GB Eagle Scouts Kyle McKissack and his
We will be meeting at 9am at Wayside Park (Gulf Breeze Boat ramp at the end of
three mile bridge).
OK, Rules and suggestions since we are around water:
You do need to have your own mask and snorkel, glove and water boots
encouraged. Hats, Surf shirts or t-shirts are encouraged to prevent sunburn on
the back. It’s not a good idea to have a lot of sunscreen on and possibly
washing off from people and chancing sunscreen to impact the reef.
It will be high tide but the deepest area is around
five feet. Parents need to be responsible for kids. Divers are welcome for
underwater attachment of the structures but because of depth freedivers are
As usual boats are needed for
transporting people and lunch is sponsored by Lenny’s Sub Shop. Please
RSVP (346-2073 or email firstname.lastname@example.org) if you
can so I can get a lunch count. I would like to have three lookouts and three
data collectors who prefer not to get in the water.
If you would like to get community services hours for
school or other please bring your form for me to sign.
It should be a really fun day! Hope to see you there!
Wow! Despite the weather, St Francis and St Ann volunteered to have the event
indoors making the quadrats needed to monitor the oysters before the proposed
oil spill impacts Pensacola Bay.
Saturday was such a productive day! The team created
monitoring quadrats AND planting shoreline vegetation! This event was followed
by a wonderful lunch hosted at the home of Robert and Sara Lee Menzer, whose
home overlooks the beautiful Deadman’s Island.
The community of St Ann and St Francis ROCKED! I will
be planning a monitoring event most likely this Saturday or sooner (when the
water calms down) if you are available please let me know. I have no idea how
the oil spill will affect our Bays or this event. I am hoping it wont get here
or possibly be contained beforehand. However, the quadrats you all made are
extremely important to this project and the especially important in helping
with the pre-monitoring of the oysters before any possible spill contamination.
You can view your pictures by
clicking on the link for the May 1 2010 Event
Fr. Paul Lambert
If I have misspelled your name or overlooked someone,
please let me know! Thanks again and I hope you enjoyed having a part
in helping to preserve Deadman’s Island!
Thank you very much!
Hi Friends of Deadman’s
For everyone’s safety, the Project on Saturday has been canceled.
Unfortunately, the weather forecast shows Thunderstorms from Friday to Tuesday.
If you have any questions please call Heather Reed 346-2073
Good Morning Friends of Deadman’s Island!
I wanted to thank everyone all your hard work and
dedication to the Shoreline Stabilization project on Saturday. This project
could not have happened without you! Saturday was such a productive day and has
jump started this year’s stabilization efforts! Everyone worked extremely hard
and Donna DeSeno has proof! Donna did a fantastic job taking pictures.
Here are some highlights of Saturday- everything was
performed at high tide and in the water!
A total of 48 Volunteers-
200ft of coir logs created and placed along the
shoreline for plant protection
1000 plants were not just planted, but two layers of
geo material were cut into, dirt was placed in these holes and then the
vegetation was planted!
500 ft of turbidity curtain was moved, repositioned and
re-anchored using what was already present
Very heavy remnants of the curtain that were ripped off
and hanging from the old curtain, were brought back on shore
There was an “Island wide” trash cleanup
afterwards–compliments of Troop 10 boyscouts and James Neyman
UWF students rocked! Gary Ghioto Class!
Chain Reaction was fantastic!
A special thanks to our boat drivers and those who
donated their boats and time to the project the day before and the day of to
The Deseno Family for the pictures
The Pardonner Family
I did not have Jennifer Dragoo or Micheal Hobbs email
so if someone knows them and can pass this email, that would be greatly
I doubt I will ever have work as hard as Saturday’s
efforts, since YOU have set the foundation for this summer’s stabilization
The rest of the events will be easy and I would love to
have you back! May 1st will be our next event.
We may be creating more of the Ecodiscs!
If you would like to come out to snorkel and monitor
(count fish, oysters, crabs, drills) next month (this month is too cold and
will be just myself) please send me an email if you are interested.
Shoreline vegetation planting-Note:Our future plantings
will not consist of cutting through the Geo fabric and will consist of just
digging sand and planting
Hello Friends of Deadman’s Island! Everyone is welcome to help plant vegetation and set up
coir logs saturday from 9am-2pm. If your kids need any type of volunteer
hours, please have them bring their form on that day and I can sign off on
their time. The tide will be high so we can determine if upland plants are
suitable so bring your waders or wetsuits if you want. There will be a
few waders available. We will be building Coir log stabilizers and
planting shoreline vegetation. If anyone has access to a pontoon boat to
load light weight supplies, please let me know. It would be extremely
helpful to transport materials Friday afternoon. I am also looking for
anyone who can volunteer the use of their recreational boat to transport people
from the Three-mile Bridge City Boat Ramp to Deadman’s Island (1/4 mile).
If you can help in anyway, please email or call me on my cell phone.
Drinks and sandwiches will be provided by sponsors so please RSVP. If you
have gloves and a shovel, please bring them! If you have a kayak and
prefer to kayak over, you may launch at the boat ramp. The
only thing mandatory is Sunscreen! Hope to see you there!
Contact Heather Reed: 850-416-7008, 850-346-2073 (cell
Spring is coming! 2010 will be a busy year for
the City of Gulf Breeze’s Deadman’s Island Restoration Project and schools and
volunteers are needed!
Please call if you have any contacts for students
(middle school to high school) and volunteers for the upcoming months :
March- help place fossilized and recycled oyster shells
in oyster molds for the new structures
April- planting all sorts of vegetation from Mean high
water to Dune plants
Summer- snorkelers and certified divers to help count
fish, oysters, hermit crabs,oyster drills etc- they will learn important
scientific monitoring techniques
I am building hurricane tolerant bird habitats- still
in design- but I need people who are familar with birds and bird habitat whom
can help with the best design for the types of birds encountered on Deadman’s
Island. Deadman’s Island is considered a migratory drop zone for birds.
Please call Heather Reed at 346-2073
2010 Powerpoint Project Update is now available
for download (about 7 Meg).
Westin DeMotts headed up a rather large Eagle
Scout project focusing on erosion control or the shoreline of Deadman’s
Island. Due to the Ida storm his project had to be modified to reflect
the current erosion. Westin and his team placed bio-mesh to catch sand
and build up about 500 linear feet of shoreline. after the placement on
Saturday, the following Monday the area collected sand in the places it was
needed most to build up the isthmus.
Also the group also worked to secure a root system Ida
had exposed. The group used geo-fabric and boi-mesh to secure the area
and allow further sand accumulation for a later planting project.
Scouts and volunteers who attended.
- Nick Musmanksky
- Morgan Armstrong
- Matthew Kenworthy
- Kyle Dunning
- Christopher Brandon
- Tyler Fisher
- Jack Joyner
- Richard Burns
- Nick Flores
- Jack Tamburro
- Anne Marie Tamburro
- Mallory DeMotts
- Peter Hahn
- Eric Larsen
- Ryan Henderson
- Paxton Lyons
- Dan Flores
- Bruce DeMotts
The temperatures change each year and cause a
spawning for the area Bay’s oysters. The breakwaters were placed just in time
for this spawning. Within one week of deployment, barnacles were settling on
the rebar and oysters shell. Today, I notice millions of oyster spat (>1/4″)
were attached to the recycled oyster shell and fossilized oyster shell!
The Eastern Oyster “juvenile” in the water column after
fertilization is called trochophore larvae then goes into the water colunm
which then it is called a veliger once the veliger places a “foot” on the
settlement substrate it is called a pediveliger. Once the pediveliger has
settled it is called oyster spat. What you see on docks and other
areas after a spawn is called spat. Two weeks later, it’s called an
I keep getting calls about how to continue to help out
at Deadman’s Island. If you are snorkeling near the reef and see fish- please
note the date, number tag on the structure found, number and type of fish (if
known) and email to me at email@example.com.
This is important data in which I can add to the current monitoring data. I can
never have enough. Please contact me if you are interested in scheduling fish
Great job everyone for helping to create this reef
structure to help protect Deadman’s Island! The reef is doing it’s
anticipated job of blocking the destructive underwater current. This
current has caused significant erosion to the north end of Deadman’s
Island destroying 100 year sand oak trees and causing them to topple into the
water. ~Heather Reed
Saturday August 29, 2009 22
divers and snorkelers showed up bright and early to help anchor the newly
placed oyster structures at Deadman’s Island. There is a total of
156 structures and all outside anchors were placed and 10 inside anchors were
placed. We have 146 more inside anchors to go! If you
would like to volunteer to place these anchors please call Project Manager,
Heather Reed at 346-2073. Diving
can be during the week or on the weekend depending on boat availabilty.
Look forward to seeing you there!