Tampa Bay Nonprofit Giving ‘Shell Ebriates’ Tuesday – CBS Tampa

Pinellas County, FL (CW44 News At 10) – “Today we are at the Tampa Bay Watch facility in Tierra Verde and have all-star volunteers working on the Oyster Reef Enhancement Community Program,” said Michelle Yebes, development manager at Tampa Bay Watch.

This Tender Tuesday, Tampa Bay Hour in Pinellas County is a “Celebration of Serendipity”!

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“Today volunteers pour marine-safe concrete into these molds. Eventually these molds will end up along the shores of Tampa Bay. Each weighs 200 pounds and will contain an unlimited amount of oysters. Each oyster will filter up to fifty gallons of seawater daily and that by itself will help us respond to the effects of the red tide,” said Yepes.

Since 1993, the nonprofit organization has helped protect and restore Tampa Bay’s coastal and inland water environments.

“You may have heard that red tides were having a huge impact on the waters of the bay. Everything from the economy to the beaches were affected. Our job here at Tampa Bay Watch is to respond to the effects of the red tide,” Yepez said.

So this Tuesday bid is different from most and they’ve set their goal of $7,500 for water quality research projects. Volunteers Ellie Rose and his wife have been helping at the facility for more than eight years now.

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“Working with a wonderful group of people. The staff here are just as amazing as the other volunteers as we work to improve the quality of the Tampa Bay estuary,” Rose said.

Others say it’s the community that makes them come back.

“I go out and give my blood, sweat and tears to the Tampa Bay Watch at least twice a week. I love the community. The people who work at Tampa Bay Watch are smart and polite to all of us seniors who volunteer here,” said Carol Marks, a volunteer at Tampa Bay Watch.

“Throughout the year, every donation made to the Tampa Bay Watch will actually benefit one of the programs we run. Whether it’s salt marsh farming, community reef improvement programs, or even children’s programs,” said Yepes.

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click here For more information on how to get involved in the organization. You can also visit their own Facebook page here.

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