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Coastal Watch to host The Launch 3.0

By Staff | Oct 23, 2019

Coastal Watch will hold its third annual fundraiser, The Launch, on Nov. 16 from 6 to 10 p.m. at The Community House. The evening will feature dinner, drinks, live and silent auctions, a 50/50 raffle and more – all in support of local conservation initiatives.

Coastal Watch is dedicated to helping locals become more effective stewards of the ocean resources that support the community. It executes small local initiatives that it hopes will have large impacts. All of the money raised by Coastal Watch will be used for projects in Southwest Florida.

Over the past year, Coastal Watch has added a new project – mangrove restoration. Mangroves are an integral part of the environment. The trees provide many benefits, such as erosion control, water quality management and ecosystem services that have trickle down effects. They also create complex natural habitats for terrestrial and marine species.

Red mangrove propagules have been collected, sprouted and transplanted to pots on the Sanibel Sea School’s property. They will continue to grow until they can be successfully transplanted into natural environments. Coastal Watch is collaborating with the city of Sanibel and MANG to determine a suitable site in the area where the trees will be planted as a part of a shoreline restoration project.

Coastal Watch is still dedicated to its highly successful, reusable bag initiative, Bring Your Own Bag. This year it, will launch a new initiative to further help locals reduce the amount of plastic consumed.

Tickets to The Launch are $100 per person and include an annual membership.

For more information or tickets, call 239-472-8585 or visit sancapcoastalwatch.org/the-launch.

Coastal Watch operates as an autonomous branch of the Sanibel Sea School to create and implement local conservation initiatives that improve the future of marine resources to maintain the coastal heritage.

The Community House is at 2173 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel.