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    10:00 AM-4:00 PM
    Pioneer Park
    348 W Green St, Englewood, FL 34223, USA
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    7:00 PM-8:00 PM
    Historic Green Street Church
    416 W Green St, Englewood, FL 34223, USA

    Did you know that on Manasota Key sea turtles nest in greater numbers than anywhere else on the Gulf coast?

    On Tuesday, February 27th at 7pm the Lemon Bay Historical Society will present a program on sea turtles by Carol J. Leonard at the historic Green Street Church in Englewood. Carol, a member of the Coastal Wildlife Club Turtle Patrol, will talk about monitoring turtle activity during the 6-month nesting season.

    Learn which turtle species lay nests in our area, what are their chances for survival and what volunteers in the Coastal Wildlife Club Turtle Patrol do to help.

    Did you know: Sea turtle mothers carefully select their nesting sites and work to bury and camouflage the location of their eggs, but that is the extent of their care. The little hatchlings are on their own. They will instinctively crawl to the ocean and swim in a “frenzy” for several days until they hopefully reach their first life stage home in rafts of Sargasssum seaweed in the Gulf. But the slightest distraction, such as lighting other than the natural moonlight may disorient them causing them to veer away from the water and possibly die.

    Carol Leonard has been an Englewood resident since moving from New England in 1980. With degrees in Zoology and Marine Science Education, she taught Biology, Honors Biology, Anatomy & Physiology and Marine Science at Lemon Bay High School, retiring in 2011. She is a Past-President of the Florida Marine Science Education Association (FMSEA) and past member of the Board of Directors of the Charlotte Harbor Environmental Center (CHEC).

    Carol’s many awards include 1992 Champion of the Classroom Tandy Technology Scholar, 1993 Outstanding Biology Teacher in Florida, 1997 Florida Marine Educator of the Year, and 2002 Regional Finalist for Florida Teacher of the Year.

    On Special Assignment leave from Lemon Bay High, she developed and piloted the West County Environmental Education Program which since 1994 has brought elementary students to Cedar Point and Lemon Bay.

    She continues to organize and implement outreach activities for the Turtle Patrol for school and community groups in addition to her roles as Board Secretary, contracts and grant coordinator, and assisting with orientation and training of new turtle patrol volunteers.

    Admission to Carol’s “Turtle Talk” is free and all are invited. Light refreshments will be served. That’s Tuesday, February 27th at 7pm at the historic Green Street Church in Englewood



On behalf of the Society, many thanks to all of you who donated to Charlie Hicks’ run to be “Mayor for a Day.” The grand total is $2784 which will be added to the amount raised to move our historic building. Thanks again to all who contributed and congratulations to Charlie!!

Elect Charlie Hicks for PIONEER DAYS Mayor of the Day!
Voting will be available on the website as well as several polling places covering all areas of Englewood. (Check back here for more information as it becomes available.)


Charlie’s charity of choice is the Lemon Bay Historical Society, Inc. whose current project is to move the Historic Green Street Church Museum to a forever home adjacent to Lemon Bay Cemetery at an estimated cost of $187,000. This move will insure the 1928 building remains a community asset.


Charles W. Hicks was born in Lakeland, Florida in 1940. In Kathleen, a nearby town, he attended one of the many “strawberry schools” in the area that closed for vacation the months of January, February and March so that students were available to pick strawberries without missing school.
The Hicks family, dad, mom and three boys moved to Englewood in 1947 and dad, Wiley, became a commercial fisherman who went on to develop Hicks’ Marina in the mid 50s. The family enlarged the facility in the 1960s. Today, it is known as Stump Pass Marina.
Charlie graduated from Venice High School, enduring long daily bus rides, in the days before Englewood was blessed with Lemon Bay High School. In 1958 following graduation, he joined the Army, mustering out in 1961 and going on to a distinguished 31-year career with Delta Airlines.
He and his wife, Kathy, were drawn back to the area by his Englewood roots in 1999 and immediately got involved in the community. He is a long-time member and President of the Lemon Bay Historical Society. As a member of the Englewood United Methodist Church, Charlie is best known for coordinating the volunteers who make the $6 Wednesday night dinners so successful. He is also a member of the Secret Society of Smoked Mullets that recognizes individuals who contribute to the community.



From the Pioneer Days website:
The “Mayor for a Day” will be officially announced at the Cardboard Boat Race on Saturday September 2, 2017 and receive the “Mayor sash” prior to the start of the first race. Duties will include selecting the “Mayors Choice Award” at the Cardboard Boat Race, riding in a vehicle for the Parade on Labor Day (vehicle provided by the EPD Committee), selecting the “Mayors Choice” for the Open Car Show on Sunday September 3, 2017 and “Mayors Choice” for the Corvette Car Show on Monday, Labor Day September 4, 2017. The duties don’t stop there, the “Mayor” will proudly wear the sash and be the “Mayor For A Day” until next Labor Day weekend in 2018. Public appearances could also be part of the yearlong bragging rights and helping YOUR charity for more than a day.