Manatee County's Tidy Island alive with all kinds of birds

December 28, 2013 

I am writing to the editor of the Bradenton Herald and Jessica De Leon, the author of the article in the Sunday edition of the Bradenton Herald regarding her article entitled "For the birds, Audubon Society gets a unique look at controversial Long Bar Pointe property." Ms. De Leon reports in her article, and I quote her, "and then on Tidy Island where the mangroves are trimmed, there were no birds."

Let's get to the facts, and not accept as the truth what was seen on one boat ride. Tidy Island was built about 30 years ago on a sand dune that had no mangroves. I have attached a photo of what the condo looked like when it was first built. Notice you see several trees but no mangroves. When Tidy Island planted grass on the island, mangroves began to take root and grow.

After the mangroves grew to a certain height, the condominium obtained an easement to allow cutting of the mangroves to a legal height. This is done by a man who is licensed to cut mangroves.

As far as Tidy Island having no birds, I beg to differ with Jessica De Leon's observation that no birds were seen on Tidy Island. Over half of Tidy Island has been designated as a bird sanctuary. We have tricolored herons, roseate spoonbills, white pelicans, the great egrets, great blue herons, snowy egrets, ibises, night herons, wood storks, ospreys, bald eagles, anhingas, the great horned owl, and red headed woodpeckers to name a few.

Judy Tannenbaum

Bradenton

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