From a friend of mine sending out the all call: 

Hi Friends, the Lagoon really needs your help right now. Participated in a fish kill cleanup sponsored by Keep Brevard Beautiful and Brevard Zoo today. Two of us filled 18 garbage bags in about 2 hours. The east and west sides of South Tropical Trail by Pineda are REALLY bad. Time is crucial right now… one of the locations the fish had already started to decompose badly, they had sunk to the bottom and were disintegrated as we scooped them. The longer they are allowed to sit in the water the more nutrients are mucking up the Lagoon. Please, please, please share this info with family and friends who are looking for a way to help the lagoon right now. The more carcasses we can get out of the water ASAP the better. Even if you have just 30 minutes on your way home from work - every little bit helps. And if you plan to be on the water in the near future, please bring garbage bags and take what you find with you. The Lagoon gives so much to us and now it’s our time to give back to the Lagoon. Thanks!

Here is more info from Florida Today:

Want to do something about all the dead fish pilling up along the banks of the Indian River Lagoon?

How about putting on some gloves, bagging up some dead fish and hauling them to a local dumpster?

Today (March 23), Brevard County plans to put dumpsters at several locations, where volunteers can dispose of the dead fish washed up on the lagoon banks this week.

The locations will be as follows:

  • Bicentennial Park, 801 W Cocoa Beach Causeway, Cocoa Beach
  • Kiwanis Island Park, 51 Kiwanis Island Park Rd, Merritt Island
  • Kelly Park, Merritt Island, 2550 N. Banana River Drive
  • POW/MIA Park, 5995 N. U.S. 1, Melbourne, at Pineda Causeway
  • Eau Gallie Causeway (will add an extra dumpster there)

The dumpsters will be picked up daily and the fish hauled to the landfill.

The county is targeting cleanup efforts in Sykes Creek; Cocoa Beach; Snug Harbor in Cocoa Beach;  Windjammer Court in Merritt Island; and Grand Canal in Satellite Beach.

Thank you to all who volunteer to help clean up the lagoon, I wish I was still in the area and could help with this. While this is a short term problem we all must look ahead to the long term solutions needed to save one of the most biologically diverse places in Florida. 

Florida Vacation: Day 4.

Laker & I spent this day exploring Brevard County with Colleen. For those of you who don’t know, Colleen met me & a group of my friends on Tumblr. We became pen pals, she ended up visiting a couple of times, & she’s actually moving to Oklahoma next week. So crazy! She’s become one of my best friends. Anyway, it was fun to get a chance to see where she grew up & see the places she’s mentioned in all of our letters & conversations. 

First we drove around & saw where Colleen went to college & high school & some other spots. Then we had lunch at Tijuana Flats in Merritt Island, which Laker & I had never been to before. It was really good & I loved how it was decorated! Colleen tells me each one is different.

We explored Cocoa Village & went into Caroline’s Records. That plant behind Laker makes it look like he has some kind of craz-o anime ponytail. haha

We went to River Front Park by the Indian River. So pretty! 

Then we went to Mrs. Mango’s, an adorable tea shop in Rockledge. This was one of my favorite stops of the day! Colleen has sent me gifts from there in my packages before, so I was looking forward to going, & it lived up to expectations. There are tons of items for sale - everything from tea & herbs to vintage teapots & handmade art. I bought some chai soap (: & while you’re shopping, they give you free iced tea (ours was a wonderful hibiscus blend) & a cookie!

Then we ventured to downtown Melbourne. We went into Julie’s British Shoppe, another of my favorite stops that day. So many fun things - a whole section of Doctor Who stuff (I picked up some Jammie Dodgers for my mom & sisters… Apparently it’s a British thing made more popular in America by Doctor Who), tons of Beatles stuff, & the cutest Alice in Wonderland tea set I had to force myself not to buy. Plus lots of fun English teas & snacks! I picked up Turkish Delight because I’ve wanted to try it since reading the Narnia books as a child. It was pretty gross, but at least I can say I’ve tried it!

Next we met Colleen’s mom for a second lunch at Meg O'Malley’s, an Irish restaurant/pub down the street. None of us had been before except Colleen, but I had some fantastic chili cheese mac there, & Colleen’s mom is a sweetheart. Almost everything had alcohol in it though. They actually had a dessert you had to be 21 to order. haha I didn’t get any photos here. We also went thrifting & to World Market, & I didn’t get photos there. Oops.

We saw Colleen’s house next, then went to the Ritch Grisson Memorial Wetlands to try to see some alligators. We only saw one, but it was so pretty there! We got there just as the sun was about to set.

So glad we got to spend the day together! Excited for lots of fun times ahead in Oklahoma!

Week 24: Native Plants.

Did you know that the Pineapple plant is a native to Florida before it started being mass produced in Hawaii? Neither did I. They are in the same “family” as bromeliads and their origin is: Central and South America and the Caribbean.

Per : “The earliest pineapple cultivation in Florida started in Key West in the 1860s. Benjamin Baker, known as “King of Wreckers” for his engagement in the business of salvaging ships, grew pineapples on Plantation Key, typically shipping them by schooner to New York, Baltimore and Philadelphia. Around the same time, a Mr. Brantley was producing pineapples on Merritt Island.”

We have three Pineapple plants in our garden, with one being just planted a couple weeks ago, one with a gorgeous pineapple almost ready to be picked and this one.  I had never seen the purple on it before. I could see the color from my chair on the back porch and had to go out and see what was happening with the plant. Of course I took my camera as it is always close by to catch all the birds and butterflies that we have.

Camera: Nikon D3300, 1/125s, F8, ISO 400, Macro mode. Just a touch of sharpen used on the photo.

I didn’t know that either @darkazazael!  The more you know…..  Love how the pineapple “bloomed”!  I didn’t know it did that either!  Great job, chicky! - MT

I saw Willam at Barnes & Noble today. I wasn’t sure at first but as I (totally casually and nonchalantly) did a double- (triple-) take, I knew it was him. And he’s apparently in Merritt Island, according to his twitter.

So yes, this is my biggest celebrity sighting so far.

This is my life now. This is what brings me joy.

anonymous asked:

I live in Merritt Island (it's near Cocoa Beach) and I think rick Scott killed a person that used to live on my street because he came to give the person an award (the guy was a writer) and a couple days later we got news that he was dead. Rick Scott probably has to feast on the residents of Florida to stay alive in his lizard lair

i live in merritt island and just knowing that rick scott has set foot in our town makes me feel tainted i need to take a shower


     Launch Complex 39 at Kennedy Space Center, on Northern Merritt Island, Florida, was built in the mid-1960s, to launch the Saturn V moon rocket for peaceful exploration of space. Over the years, this complex launched every Saturn V, Saturn IB, all the Space Shuttle missions, and an Ares I rocket. Needless to say, this is the most iconic launch facility in history. The complex is split into two launch pads; 39A and 39B. Both pads launched Saturn rockets and shuttles, but the future of these pads will tell very different stories.

     The first photo in the set shows the crawlerway leading out to Launch Pad 39A. This path holds the weight of the crawler transporter as it moves the launch vehicles from the Vehicle Assembly Building to the pad. The second and third photos display the pad itself, which is now owned by SpaceX. As you can see, the shuttle launch tower is still in place, but this will eventually be scrapped, and SpaceX will convert the area for use with the Falcon 9 Heavy rocket. When this vehicle launches, it will be the most powerful rocket currently flying. The fourth photo shows a Liquid Hydrogen tank, which stored propellant for the space shuttle.

     Photo number five shows Launch Pad 39B, photographed from Launch Control Center, 3.5 miles away. The sixth photo shows the pad up close. NASA removed the shuttle launch tower from this facility, and constructed three large towers, used for lightning suppression, shown up close in the seventh photo. This pad configuration allows multiple types of launch vehicles to operate here, and will allow commercial companies to rent the facility when NASA doesn’t need it. NASA’s primary use for 39B will focus around the enormous Space Launch System (SLS), which is the most powerful rocket in history, edging out the Saturn V boosters that previously launched here. 

     The SLS mobile launch platform and tower, stored next to the Vehicle Assembly Building, can be seen in in the eighth photo. Our final photo shows a shuttle mobile launch platform next to the new SLS launch platform and tower.