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Environment

2020 Atlantic Hurricane Forecast

The 2020 extended range tropical forecast has been published by Colorado State University Department of Atmospheric Science.

As at April 2, the forecast is for above average activity for the Atlantic Ocean basin. Sea surface temperatures averaged across the tropical Atlantic are somewhat above normal and potentially expect weak La Niña conditions by this summer or fall.

The forecast predicts an above average probability for major hurricanes making landfall along the continental United States coastline and in the Caribbean.
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2020 Forecast numbers:

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Environment Sports Tourism

Boat Ramps On Anna Maria Island

There are four boat ramps available to the public on Anna Maria Island:
Holmes Beach City
Kingfish
Coquina North
Coquina south

Holmes Beach Memorial Park Boat Ramp
63rd Street East
1 lane, 9 trailer spaces

Holmes Beach boat ramp

Kingfish Boat Ramp
752 Manatee Ave
46 parking spaces, 3 lanes

Kingfish Boat Ramp

Coquina North
2652 Gulf Drive S
28 trailer, 12 parking spaces, 2 lanes

Coquina South
Gulf Drive S
50 trailer spaces, 2 lanes

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Environment Health Politics

Daylight Savings Time Is A Waste

Does “daylight savings time” save energy? Does it save money? Does it save lives? Does getting up when the sun is lower in the morning sky mean you have more time before you go to bed at night?

“One hundred years ago when they first proposed this, they said it was about saving energy,” said Michael Downing, author of “Spring Forward: The Annual Madness of Daylight Saving Time. This has never been realized no matter how many times they say it.” Daylight Saving Time is relative

A University of California study has shown that DST doesn’t save anyone any money at all. In fact, it’s costing consumers extra, to the tune of $3.19 in extra utility bills per year. The study was made possible because of the peculiarities of the state of Indiana, which was only partially on DST until 2006. When the whole state finally went DST (to sync with the national business day), some comparisons vs. the prior method were made apparent. The study calculated that the shift costs Indiana residents an extra $8.6 million in electricity bills in total.

If the justification for DST has always been energy savings, why isn’t ‘saving daylight’ burning fewer light bulbs and saving energy?

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Environment

Hazardous Waste and E-Scrap Collection

Anna Maria Island residents in Holmes Beach, Bradenton Beach, and Anna Maria City can dispose of household hazardous waste at a collection station to be set up January 26, 2019,  by Manatee County. Hours will be 9am – 3pm on the Gulf side parking lot of Coquina Beach Park.

Coquina Beach, Manatee County E-Scrap Hazardous Waste Collection Coquina Beach, Manatee County E-Scrap Hazardous Waste Collection

Accepted items include:

  • Solvents, paints, household chemicals, pesticides, oil
  • Ammunition, flares, propane tanks, batteries, fluorescent lamps
  • Mercury containing devices, computer components, televisions, copiers
  • Video and audio equipment, and small household appliances

Unacceptable items include:

  • Radioactive items such as smoke detectors
  • Bio-hazard materials such as needles

For more information see mymanatee.org/hhw or mymanatee.org/escrap or call Manatee County Utilities Operations Department at 941-798-6761

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Environment

Red Tide At Anna Maria Island

Red tide algae bloom was detected on Anna Maria Island shores August 3, 2018, and affected air and sealife soon after. While the municipalities and county services cleaned up dead fish on the beaches, the irritating smell sent people to seek indoor relief and, as word spread, visitors cancelled their trips.

(Update September 5, 2018 below at end of article.)

The current bloom is from microscopic Karenia Brevis, an alga native to Gulf of Mexico, spreading north from Naples to Tampa Bay.

K. Brevis concentrations Florida Gulf Coast, from Florida Wildlife Conservation http://myfwc.com/research/redtide/statewide/
K. Brevis concentrations Florida Gulf Coast, from Florida Wildlife Conservation http://myfwc.com/research/redtide/statewide/

Dead fish started turning up in the bay-side waters and canals a few days ago, but not as prevalent as the last red tide fish kill in December, 2015, which lasted several weeks.

Dead fish and sea grass August 2018 Red Tide Anna Maria Island
Dead fish and sea grass August 2018 Red Tide
Red Tide fish kill December 2015
Red Tide December 2015 piled dead fish at the end of canals
Red tide January 2013 fish kill on Anna Maria Island beach
Red tide January 2013 fish kill on Anna Maria Island beach

Since August 20, 103 manatee have died of which 29 tested positive for K. Brevis, and suspected in the 74 others. The manatee death toll so far this year from all causes has reached 554, compared to 527 for all of 2017.

Red tide also affects turtles and seabirds. “This year so far, we have rescued or recovered a total of 137 sea turtles,” said Hayley Rutger, spokesperson for Mote Marine Laboratory. “A lot of those were already deceased. Some of them were affected by humans, like boat strikes or entanglements in fishing gear, but some of them are suspected to have been affected by the ongoing red tide bloom.”

“Cormorants will dive through the water, and they’re basically diving right through the blooms so they’re getting it in their eyes and their faces and their mouths,” explained Avian Hospital Administrator Dana Leworthy. “They don’t necessarily need to ingest the fish to get the red tide.”

Although the Florida red tide is a naturally occurring phenomenon, agricultural and urban runoff can prolong red tide blooms inshore.