Anyone interested in Conservation Chair, contact Judi Hopkins,


Please note that **DOT DASH PUBLIC MEETING to THURSDAY 8/11.**

Location remains the same (Manatee County Library, 6750 US Highway 301 North, Ellenton, FL 34222-3030).

Due to an error in the required public noticing of the meeting, FWC has rescheduled so that there is time to readvertise correctly.

Apologies and please help spread the word to folks who might have planned to attend, and to encourage others to attend on 8/11!

The public meetings for Alafia CWA on Monday night and Myakka CWA on Tuesday night were both overwhelmingly supportive, and many attendees encouraged staff to be even more protective than proposed.

Good luck to folks attending tonight's Roberts Bay CWA meeting at Sarasota Audubon's new nature center at the Celery Fields!

CWA information and meeting locations/dates:

The Dot-Dash-Dit colony refers to 3 mangrove islands at the mouth of the Braden River, in Manatee County. The islands are owned by the state and authorization from the Department of Environmental Protection is required.

Several hundred wading birds nest on the islands, and it is the only coastal colony of Wood Storks in the Tampa Bay area. The islands are managed by Audubon Florida. Disturbance occurs as recreational vessels get too close to the islands. A year-round closure with a buffer for all three islands is under consideration. Please try to attend. You don’t need to say much but it is important that you do.  Only if you actually speak is your support noted. 

If you are not able to attend one of the meetings listed below, you can provide comment by emailing "". Please include the specific CWA name (Dot-Dash-Dit) in the comment field.