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The Sarasota County Parks and Recreation Department, in conjunction with the Siesta Key Beach Ambassadors, next month will offer a four-week series of free educational seminars about county beaches and habitats, the county has announced. The March sessions will be held at Siesta Public Beach on Siesta Key, a news release notes. Among the presenters will be state and local park naturalists and wildlife educators. Each talk will last approximately 45 minutes, with additional time for questions. Class sessions will be held each Wednesday in March at 9:30 a.m. at the main pavilion at Siesta Public Beach, the release says. The topics will be Shorebird Nesting and Environmental Protection, Mote Marine Research and Sea Turtles, How Everyday Activities Affect Water Quality and Sarasota County Parks Capital Projects Update. For more information, contact the Sarasota County Call Center at 861-5000 and ask about Beach University. BEACH UNIVERSITY EXPLORES UNIQUE LOCAL COASTAL ENVIRONMENT Sarasota County Project Manager Curtis Smith (standing, center) talks about the planned improvements at Siesta Public Beach. Photo courtesy Sarasota County Sarasota News Leader February 28, 2014 Page 72

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