Coastal cleanup is July 9 for Anna Maria Island
MANATEE -- For the past six years, Nature's Academy has taken Manatee County fifth-graders to Anna Maria Island to clean litter from the coastline and learn about science at the same time.
Now, the nonprofit science literacy organization is giving everyone the chance to do the same thing.
"Summertime Community Coastal Cleanup!" is scheduled for 9 a.m. to noon Thursday at Coquina Bayside Park, 2651 S. Gulf Drive, Bradenton Beach, said Dana Pounds, executive director and co-founder of Nature's Academy.
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"Our beaches have had a lot of use this summer and have a lot of excess debris," Pounds said. "Gloves, receptacles and pickers will be provided."
The event will focus on the southern end of Anna Maria Island from Leffis Key south on the Bayside.
Nature's Academy staff will also give a 15-minute talk about the animals and plants on the coast, Pounds said.
Fuzzy's Taco Shop opens in Manatee County
UNIVERSITY PARKWAY -- Fuzzy's Taco Shop, 2515 University Parkway, will offer breakfast along with its usual Tex-Mex offerings.
It will be the first expansion into Florida for the franchise headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas.
Fuzzy's will open at 7 a.m. Monday through Saturday and 9 a.m. Sunday. Offerings include breakfast burritos, tacos, huevos rancheros and migas, which are scrambled eggs mixed up with fixings such as tortilla chip strips.
Information: Go to fuzzystacoshop.com or call 941-822-8933.
SCF biz students shine at national leadership event
BRADENTON -- State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota, business students in Phi Beta Lambda-Gamma Beta Upsilon excelled at the Phi Beta Lambda National Leadership Conference June 24-27 in Chicago.
Elizabeth Anne Miller earned a first-place award in risk management out of 40 students, and placed fifth in retail management out of 55 participants.
Naomi Stiwich placed second in impromptu speaking out of 35 students.
More than 1,500 students participated in the national conference, and SCF students placed in the Top 10 in colleges and universities from 30 states.
-- Herald staff reports