Dollar General in Hernando Beach

The following provides a timeline and recap on activities related to Dollar General HB. If you’d like to help in our efforts to prevent or mitigate the long-term damage DGHB will bring to our community, provide your contact info and check “Dollar General” at naturecoastactionteam.org/get-involved/. We will contact you when a community response is needed in the fight. The Nature Coast Action Team (NCAT) began our work on September 8th when a rumor that Dollar General coming to HB circulated. On September 23rd, after two weeks of research, the Nature Coast Action Team was able to uncover documents that conclusively proved that Continue Reading …

Weeki Wachee High School Fundraising

As one of the Nature Coast Action Team’s five current campaigns, we are pleased to report progress on our efforts to support the Weeki Wachee High School Chorus. Each year, NCAT tries to do at least one socially important project outside our Mission Statement. Our project last year was helping to restock the pantry of the Dawn Center after an urgent appeal for food. The Dawn Center is a shelter that provides battered women and their kids with a sanctuary where they can get on their feet and escape abusive relationships. NCAT President Forrest Bennett personally donated $500.00 in cash and over Continue Reading …

Hernando Beach Town Hall Meeting at the Coast Guard Station 11/20/15

Save the Date.  Hernando Beach Town Hall Meeting at the Coast Guard Station on Friday, November 20th at 7:00 PM The Nature Coast Action Team is committed to bringing Advanced Life Support ASAP at the lowest possible cost to Hernando Beach.  This will save tax dollars but more importantly, it will save lives. To accomplish this, we have had a series of meetings with Senator Wilton Simpson, Rep. Blaise Ingoglia and Hernando County Fire & Rescue Chief Scott Hechler. Sen. Simpson and Rep. Ingoglia asked the Nature Coast Action Team to set up a Town Hall Meeting in Hernando Beach Continue Reading …

The Threat of Invasive Species

Invasive species, both plant and animal, are a very real threat to Florida’s environment. Depending on the part of the state, melaleuca, Brazilian pepper, Australian pine, air potato, cogon grass, water hyacinth, kudzu, tropical soda apple, Burmese python, lion fish, Nile monitor lizard and many others have grown into a huge problem. Once these invasive species get a foothold, they can overwhelm an ecosystem in a relatively short period of time, often taking over native species. Over $100 million a year is spent in the U.S. combating invasive plants in wetlands alone, and even more is spent repairing habitat destruction Continue Reading …

Letter to the Hernando County Commission

Honorable County Commissioners – Congratulations are in order to Commissioner Wayne Dukes for sponsoring and shepherding the legislation and to all of the Hernando County Commission for unanimously approving the visionary and historic Lead Tree Eradication Ordinance and reinstating enforcement of the existing Brazilian Pepper Eradication Ordinance.  This will help protect our valuable coastal natural assets, increase community pride and ultimately increase property values and the tax base. This legislation is being recognized in “The Pelican”, the printed Sierra Club Florida quarterly newsletter mailed to all Sierra Club members statewide and also in the on-line version.  Here is a link Continue Reading …

Invasive Plant Removal

The Nature Coast Action Team, Inc. (NCAT) will lead a volunteer effort on the Hernando County coast (primarily in Hernando Beach) to eradicate Lead Tree and Brazilian Pepper per the county’s noxious plant ordinance. Invasive plants in Hernando Beach include Australian Pine, Melaleuca, Chinese Tallow, Cogan Grass, Rosary Pea (also highly poisonous), Camphor tree, Chinaberry, Tropical Soda Apple, Lantana, among others. Tampa Bay Times Article about the new Lead Tree Ordinance:  http://www.tampabay.com/news/localgovernment/county-adds-lead-tree-to-list-of-noxious-plants-that-must-be-removed/2235015

November is Save the Manatee Month

November is Manatee Awareness Month and Save the Manatee Club (Club) is rolling out new education programs to raise awareness and to foster a new generation of manatee conservationists. The Club’s new Livestream Education Program, currently under development, uses Internet technologies to bring information about manatees at Blue Spring State Park in Orange City, Florida to school classes worldwide. Hundreds of manatees congregate during the winter months at this beautiful natural fresh-water spring that flows to the St. Johns River. Manatees are susceptible to cold stress, so these sub-tropical marine mammals take refuge at warm-water springs. The Livestream Eduction Program Continue Reading …