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In this edition of Coastal Connection, Dr. Lauren Toth, research scientist at the biology depatment of Florida Tech, and Philip Gravinese, biology Ph.D. student at Florida Tech, return to the studio to talk about the Beneath the Waves Film Festival. The festival goes from Thursday, Oct. 10 to Friday, Oct. 11 in the Gleason Performing Arts Center on Florida Tech's campus. The free showings will go from 6-9 p.m. both days and will feature movies on the environment and local marine issues.
In recent years conservation funding in Florida has been cut by 97.5%. A coalition of volunteers spent the last several months collecting signatures across the state, in an attempt to return funding. The citizens and environmental groups behind this petition drive needed about a million signatures for the measure - known as Florida’s Water and Land Legacy amendment - to make it to the 2014 ballot. The Florida Supreme Court has just agreed that it satisfies legal requirements for placement on the ballot. The Water and Land Conservation amendment is the first constitutional amendment to be approved by the Supreme Court for the 2014 ballot, according to Florida’s Water and Land Legacy, the amendment’s sponsor.
This special edition re-broadcast at 3 p.m. this Friday, Sept. 27 will feature interviews with the director of the Indian River Lagoon Program at St. Johns River Water Management District and the Executive Director of the Marine Resources Council.
In addition, there will be plenty of songs to help drive the point home, and how you can bring awareness to our elected officials by attending "Hands Across the River", this Saturday morning from 9 to 10 am at 8 area Indian River Bridges.
Since January, we have lost hundreds of manatees, pelicans and dolphins and the numbers continue to grow.
We had a blast with Big Kettle Drum on Sept. 13 as they visited our studio for a live session. In this podcast, hear the foot stomping, suitcase kicking, banjo strumming Americana band play "Affliction," "Holding Me Up" and "Just A Man."
Check out photos from our Big Kettle Drum live session on our Facebook!