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New wave of concern for ocean conservation efforts

Pierre-Yves Cousteau, in town last week to consider St. Petersburg as the American headquarters for his upstart Cousteau Diving Centers, made it clear during a presentation at the Salvador Dalí Museum that we need to get serious about ocean conservation.

In promoting the idea of protected marine areas, the son of famed explorer Jacques Cousteau noted the ocean produces more than half of our oxygen.

"Protecting the ocean is more than sentimental charity work or environmental arrogance," Cousteau said. "It's about our survival as a species on this planet."

Think about that the next time someone brings up drilling for oil off the coast of Florida. …

In a related note, the TradeWinds Island Resorts' Sandpiper may enter into a partnership with artist and ocean conservationist Guy Harvey. Harvey has created a concept to designate certain resorts that share his mission and promote "ocean experiences." TradeWinds chief executive Tim Bogott said discussions are ongoing, but he's optimistic. …

Seen on a bumper sticker: I Do Whatever My Rice Krispies Tell Me To Do. ...

Kudos to Meals on Wheels of Tampa and the Humane Society of Tampa Bay, which will work to provide pet food to more homebound seniors who rely on companionship from dogs and cats. …

Tampa native and former Miss Florida A&M Kindall Johnson accepted a marriage proposal from fellow student Calvin Hayes during halftime of Saturday's Florida Classic against Bethune-Cookman. Hayes popped the question on bended knee while the Marching 100 played Always and Forever. I've seen a lot of FAMU halftime shows, but nothing quite like that.

That's all I'm saying.

New wave of concern for ocean conservation efforts 11/20/11 [Last modified: Sunday, November 20, 2011 7:32pm]
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