Siesta Key Crystal Classic Artists Announced

Artists hailing from as far away as the Philippines will compete in the 5th annual Siesta Key Crystal Classic Master Sand Sculpting Competition presented by Margaritaville on Nov. 14-18. Twelve teams of two will sculpt for four days, creating elaborate sculptures 8 to 10 feet tall as they vie for $15,000 in prize money.

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Aquaponic Fish & Veggies Worth Their Salt

Mote Aquaculture Park — Mote’s sustainable fish farming facility in eastern Sarasota County — launched a pioneering project this fall to advance marine aquaponics: farming seafood while using the wastewater to fertilize salt-loving crops.

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Youth Ocean Conservation Leader Receives National Award

Sean Russell, a rising star in marine conservation and outreach, has received a national-level Brower Youth Award for launching an educational campaign about marine debris — a project that ties back to his high school internship at Mote Marine Lab.

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