The Greater Pine Island Civic Association (GPICA) will hold its monthly general meeting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019, at the Greater Pine Island Elks Lodge, 5630 Pine Island Road, just west of the four way stop.
This month’s program will feature a presentation by Dr. Eric Milbrandt, Director of the Marine Laboratory at the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation (SCCF). At the SCCF Marine Lab, he has studied the effects of disturbance events on mangroves, seagrasses and in the water surrounding the barrier islands. Along with a team of scientists, he established the River, Estuary and Coastal Observing Network (RECON) composed of real-time water quality and weather sensors distributed from Beautiful Island to the Gulf of Mexico. The data are used to determine the condition of the estuary during weekly technical discussions with water managers. Since 2009, he has designed and monitored several large-scale mangrove and oyster restoration projects in Clam Bayou and San Carlos Bay.
There will also be a presentation by Cindy Bickford who, along with the Pine Island Kiwanis Club, has spearheaded the drive to save the children’s playground in St. James City. Bickford will provide an update on fundraising, plans and the restoration status of the playground.
The GPICA was incorporated in 1957 and is a 501(c)4 nonprofit community organization that works to protect the coastal-rural character of Pine Island and its enclaves — Matlacha, St. James City, Bokeelia and Pineland — for the betterment of the community and its residents.
Members and non-members are always welcome to attend the monthly meetings, which take place year-round on the first Tuesday of each month.