Gliding through another summer effortlessly, content in knowing that the more days spent at the beach with nothing better to do but watch the waves lap at the shore, we bask in the notion that these are the best days well spent relaxing idle without purpose…..
The reality of summer for most of us is much faster paced, as we fill our days with out-of-doors activities, in a mad dash to enjoy the best weather of the year while we can get it. And among our diverse array of favorite summer time activities a common focus emerges, as many of the things we love to do revolve in and around the beach, the ocean, and along our coastal waterways. We enjoy taking part in all things coastal and have our favorite spots to swim, fish, surf, kayak, sail, and so on… Some even secret shhh! There is nothing better than getting together with friends, family, and loved ones to celebrate the vibrancy of summer while partaking in our favorite shore activity.
So maybe it goes without saying that while we are all united in a common focus to enjoy our beaches, oceans, and waterways, that we also have the best intentions to help keep these areas we care about healthy and accessible.
Two local organizations that have been working on this exact mission are right in our own back yards, with offices out on Sandy Hook – Clean Ocean Action and The American Littoral Society. And while the individual focus of each is slightly different, the intention is the same; keeping the places we hold dear healthy and accessible through community involvement, conservation and education efforts.
Clean Ocean action is now in its 27th year of pursuing its goal to improve water quality of the marine waters off the NY/NJ coast. Yeah!
And the American Littoral Society will celebrate its 50th year on August 20th of promoting the study and conservation of marine life and habitat, protecting the coast from harm, and empowering others to do the same.
We can continue to celebrate the summer season in our like mindedness of common intention with a number of great upcoming events from these two stellar ocean advocacy factions. So go ahead and choose your favorite way to express your love, admiration, and respect for the shore and all things coastal.
American Littoral Society celebrates 50 years of ‘Share the Shore’. This Saturday, August 20th will be the day to celebrate all things coastal with American Littoral Society by participating in their "Share the Shore" event. This event is actually numerous micro-events that are participant created from Montauk to Delaware Bay. Visit the Share the Shore website and register for this free event by creating an event of your own or joining in one already created. American Littoral Society is looking to create a virtual tour of the shore where event participants e-mail in their pictures and video of their activities to firstname.lastname@example.org. Prizes will be awarded for best photo and best ‘Share the Shore’ banner. For details visit the Share the Shore website at www.ShareTheShore.net. How do you like to Share the Shore?
Clean Ocean Action celebrates Sunset at Sandy Hook, join us for Clean Ocean Action's Sunset at Sandy Hook on September 23, 2011 from 6:00-10:00pm at the Sea Gull's Nest Deck Restaurant, Sandy Hook, NJ Enjoy live music by The Thom White Band and Art Servilla, The Green Earth Troubadour. Take a chance on exciting raffles and participate in our Sunset silent auction. Treat your tastebuds to specialty fare by over twenty of the shore area's best restaurants and caterers along with drinks from our beachy bar of beer and wine. For more information and ticket sales visit www.cleanoceanaction.org.