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McCarthy presents Cayo Costa program at Captiva Island Yacht Club

By Staff | Mar 3, 2011

On Wednesday, March 9, the Captiva Island Yacht Club Environmental Committee is offering the public an opportunity to learn more about the natural wonders of this small but spectacular island during “Cayo Costa: Then and Now,” presented by Captivan Paul McCarthy.

“In the past, the Yacht Club Environmental Committee has hosted programs on more scientific subjects, like dolphin research and the Blind Pass restoration project, but last year, Kristie Anders of the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation gave a more basic presentation and review of life in Pine Island Sound,” said Captiva Island Yacht Club Environmental Committee Chairman Ed Stringer. “And again, we’re not going to get scientific — this upcoming program is going to focus on learning more about our surroundings on these barrier islands, specifically Cayo Costa, and there’s no one better to speak about it than Paul McCarthy.”

McCarthy, a business owner and long-time resident of Captiva, is an accomplished naturalist and has conducted extensive historical research on Cayo Costa.

“Paul will talk about the naturalistic elements of the island — birds, wildlife, how it’s run as a state park — and also what Cayo Costa was years and years ago when it was a thriving commercial center for fishing and resort life,” Stringer said. “I think this program is really going to be very interesting and will appeal to a wide variety of people — and Paul is such a vibrant story-teller. It’s going to be a lot of fun.”

The program begins at 10 a.m. and is free and open to the public.

For more information about the Captiva Island Yacht Club and upcoming programs, call 472-9627.

The Captiva Island Yacht Club is located at 15903 Captiva Drive.