Sand sculpting champs declared during seventh Crystal Classic

International sand sculpting champions were declared today during the seventh annual Siesta Key Crystal Classic International Sand Sculpting Festival, which is drawing thousands to Siesta Public Beach and raising awareness for endangered sea turtles. (See the completed sculptures Monday and Tuesday. Details at: www.siestakeycrystalclassic.com)

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Catch and release with care: shark-friendly fishing practices

As you enjoy recreational fishing this summer, please remember to handle and release protected fish species with care to help them recover and survive.  Four adult great hammerhead sharks – a protected species in Florida – washed ashore dead in late June to early July in Sarasota County, and members of the public notified Mote Marine Lab and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

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