Modern Conservation

It’s something we’re taught as children: don’t litter, don’t let the faucet run, reduce, reuse, recycle. But what does conservation look like today?

In Florida, water is our greatest and most valuable resource. It gives us a place to play: to enjoy the beaches, or go boating and fishing. It’s why we welcome visitors from around the world and it’s what drives a healthy economy for businesses around the state. 

When something is this important, it’s imperative that we take care of it; that we respect the resources and leave them better than we found them so future generations can experience the same joy. 

A Sustainable Vacation

Here are some easy ways to have a sustainable Florida vacation and preserve the beauty of this place for all, including future generations:

  • Bring a reusable water bottle or tumbler. Many restaurants, bars, and coffee shops are happy to fill your reusable beverage container. With brands like Stanley, YETI, and Tervis, there are many styles and colors to choose from!
  • Go straw-less. Single-use plastics such as straws, cups, and plastic utensils often end up in the oceans where they negatively impact the sea life and ecosystem. Many waterfront establishments won’t provide a straw unless requested. If you must use a straw, try bringing one of the reusable kind. 
  • Pack in, pack out. Whether beaching, boating, hiking, camping, be sure to clean up your trash when you leave and dispose of it properly. As they say: take nothing but photos and leave nothing but foot prints.
  • Fish responsibly. Anglers know that line-breaks and re-rigging are inevitable. Stash fishing line scraps and worn-out soft baits in a safe place until you can recycle them. Don’t toss them overboard where they could harm marine life. Many boat ramps offer fishing line disposal receptacles.
  • Opt for reusable shopping bags. Most grocery stores offer reusable bags with fun designs. Bring your bags when shopping or, if you forget (as I often do), opt for paper bags instead of plastic. You can also find reusable mesh produce nets online. 
  • Manatee under waterAvoid feeding or touching wildlife. All too often, humans get too close to friendly manatees or feed the local wildlife (such as alligators!). This causes the animals to become habituated to humans, which could cause them (or you) harm. Observe their beauty from a distance and take photographs, but please don’t touch.
  • Never, ever litter. This one speaks for itself. Just don’t do it. 

When you’re ready for a nature-friendly vacation, come on down to Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach!