"Sorry, we're CLOSED due to Illness"
Gus’ Crabby Adventures, LLC pledges to donate future profits to Jan K. Platt Environment Lands Acquisition Protection Program (ELAPP).
Uzita Heritage Park
“area of critical county concern”
"Join Today" and lets create a Hillsborough County Ucita Reserve for all County and SWFWMD
properties , plus the Cockroach Bay Aquatic Preserve from mouth of Little Manatee River south to
HC-Manatee County Line on Tampa Bay. Area is now managed by separate agencies consisting of the Tampa
Port Authority, Florida Department of Environmental Protection/Aquatic Preserves/Florida Park Services,
Hillsborough County Parks & Recreation, Hillsborough Community College, Hillsborough County Planning
Commission, Southwest Florida Water Management District, and Hillsborough County
Environmental Protection Commission.
Other agencies involved:
Tampa Bay Estuary Program, Agency on Bay Management, Florida Wildlife Conservation, National Audubon,
Audubon of Florida-Florida Coastal Islands Sanctuaries, plus public.
Area needs one central/Board, Authority,TAG over all agencies.
Authority, or TAG-Technical Advisory Group
*Sanctuary Authority/TAG would not be a funded group, but leadership headed by one or all agencies involved.
*Sanctuary Authority/TAG shall not interfer with management of listed agencies.
*Sanctuary Authority/TAG would only oversee all agencies to provide Best Managemnt Practices for a Low-Impact Reserve.
*Sanctuary Authority/TAG would report to Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners.
*Sanctuary Authority/TAG would not prevent public from using area, only manage how the public uses area.
*Sanctuary Authority/TAG could work with adjacent land owners to establish wildlife corridors through their properties.
*Sanctuary status for area improves chances for additional Grant funding for environmental projects.
*Sanctuary status can enhance tourism to South Side.
*Sanctuary area is linked by two corridors...water and land...water is the glue that binds all areas together.
should represent the following statement:
...avenues along which wide-ranging animals can travel, plants can propagate, genetic interchange
can occur, populations can move in response to environmental changes and natural disasters, and
threatened species can be replenished from other areas.
Case ruling by the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court Of Appeals (1990) and the
case name was "Marble Mountain Audubon Society v. Rice, 914 F2d 179,
180 n. 2 (1990)" concerning wildlife corridors.
From Book- Mister Grouper Talks to Marc - Capt. Gus
25. I followed Mister Grouper through Wiggles, the seagrass bed. The bay’s clear water turned dirty,
cloudy, and muddy. Swimming fast and fleeing were Spots, Flat Face, Speckles, Prickles, Stripes, Pinky,
Grunts and baby groupers.
“Why are you fleeing Wiggles, the seagrass bed?”
All fish cried out, “Motor Boats, Motor Boats, oh, so many Motor Boats!”
Soon Mister Grouper and I found Wiggles, the seagrass in misery.
“Mister Grouper, why is Wiggles crying?”
Anger shown in Mister Grouper wide mouth and he said, “Motor Boats, so many Motor Boats.
Their plowing ditches in Wiggles, the seagrass bed.
“Look, I’m ripped apart. My roots are gone, my friends are gone. Spots, Flat face, Speckles,
Prickles, Stripes, Pinky, and baby groupers no longer have a home,” cried Wiggles.
“What can we do?”
Mister Grouper jaw drooped, “As fish and seagrass we can do nothing. Marc, when you return
home pass laws protecting seagrass beds. Laws should read…All boaters must Pole and Troll over
Wiggles, the seagrass. Boaters must learn; when we lose Wiggles the seagrass; we lose shrimp, crabs, fish
and everything else, because that’s their home.”
“My Grandpa Boom fishes for snook and red fish. But, when I ride in Grandpa’s boat over Wiggles
the seagrass, he always says “Nuts” to [Pole and Troll] signs.”
“Marc, your Grandpa Boom is selfish and cares only about catching fish, not bay habitat where
fish live. When you return home, and all the fish, birds, and blue crabs leave the bay, tell your
Grandpa Boom, 'It’s because his motor boat plowed Wiggles, the seagrass bed.” Maybe pictures showing
ditches plowed through Wiggles the seagrass; Grandpa Boom will be more careful when driving his boat.
26. One day, Mister Grouper and I in our travels meet Gulp the tarpon and asked, “Where’s Scoot, the
“Oh, Scoot left the bay gone, long, long ago,” remarked Gulp. “Scoot lived in Wiggles, the seagrass
bed, go ask Wiggles.”
Mister Grouper swam to Wiggles the seagrass bed and asked, “Have you seen Scoot, the
Wiggles sadly remarked, “Scoot left the bay, long, long ago. Scoot and I were best of friends.
Scoot never caused trouble, just like to play and scoot from one seagrass bed to another.”
“Why did Scoot leave?”
Wiggles replied, “Many years ago, bay water changed its color from clear to cloudy polluted water.
Scoot said, “Goodbye Wiggles, I’m leaving this polluted bay in search of another clean water
bay. If none are found, I’ll scoot to the Gulf’s clean waters instead.” “Now Scoot is gone, gone forever,”
said Wiggles. “Mrs. Pinch. the oyster; Pits. the barnacle, and I; we’re attached to rocks and sandy bay
bottom, unable to scoot and must drink this filthy, dirty water.”
“Marc when you return home. tell your Mama and Papa, tell the world; pollution is the same,
whether it’s water or air, pollution affects all living creatures,” said Mister Grouper.
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