Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Bioluminescence Paddle

Date: Friday, August 11

Rain Date: Saturday, August 12

Time: 8:00 PM (arrive 15 min. earlier)

Location: Along State Road 528 near the West end of the Cape Canaveral Barge Canal

GPS Coordinates: 28.405250, -80.718997

Come experience an underwater, electric-green light show courtesy of billions of plankton. August marks the start of “Bio-lume” season in the warm, calm waters of the Intracoastal Waterway. This will likely be a popular outing so attendance will be limited.  Please do not RSVP unless you WILL participate.  We will finish between 10:30 and 11:00 PM

Aside from the usual, bring at least one chemical light stick and tie it to the rear deck of your kayak.  Also, bring a headlamp (for use onshore) and plenty of bug spray.  Wear long sleeves, long pants, a hat, shoes and socks and full-finger gloves.  Spray them with DEET or Picaridin.  (Expect shoes, socks and pants legs to get wet during launch.)  Mosquitoes will be present in the Barge Canal.  BTW, the usual includes a PFD (life jacket) and a whistle that is easily accessed (Florida law).  

We need not paddle far to see bioluminescence but moving makes it a little harder on the bugs.  So, we will paddle continuously at a leisurely pace for nearly all the time on the water.

We are launching from a sandy beach immediately adjacent to State Road 528 (the Beach-line).  Drive East past the launch area, take the SR 3 (Courtney Parkway) exit and turn North.  Then immediately re-enter the Beach-line traveling West.  Pull off the highway onto the grass near the launch area.  Park cars 8 feet from the nearest edge of the highway emergency lane.  The ground is well packed because this area is often used for river access.  

Monday, July 10, 2017

City of Melbourne (FL) and Sierra Ready for 100% Sustainability

Melbourne City Council took action at their July 25, 2017 meeting on a resolution to agree to 2 asks:
  1. Sign the Sierra Ready for 100% Pledge committing to 100% sustainability city operations by 2035 and within city limits by 2050
  2. Setup a sustainability board that will do the research, plan and track the implementation of this goal/pledge.

Thanks to all those who showed up at this meeting to support this resolution, by wearing blue and/or green, and especially to those who spoke in favor of the resolution.

The resolution was approved 5-2 (Mayor Meehan and T. Thomas voted nay).  An ordinance will be drafted creating a sustainability board. Council Member Lopez clarified that the board should focus on the use of clean energy.  Vice Mayor Debbie Thomas asked that staff provide information on the cost of staffing such a board.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Summer Meeting Break

There are no general meetings during June, July, and August.  The next meeting will be Thursday, September 28.

Check back during the summer for announcements of  outings, special events, or activities.