6630 Manasota Key Road
“Red Tide: The History, Causes and Future” – A Presentation by Jon Thaxton
The Hermitage Artist Retreat’s Fridays @ 5 series continues with Jon Thaxton, “Red Tide: The History, Causes and Future,” Friday, March 22, 5 p.m., on the beach at the Hermitage Artist Retreat. Thaxton, director of community investment at the Gulf Coast Community Foundation and a leading environmental advocate, will give a comprehensive look at the history of red tide, its causes, research and possible solutions. He’ll share glimpses into old Florida, geographic connections, current science, past politics, and future hope related to red tide. Participants are welcome to bring a beach chair and refreshments. In case of inclement weather, the program will be moved inside. Reservations for this free program are required and can be requested here.
“The lecture will take place on the Hermitage beach where, just a few months ago, sea turtles, manatees, and dolphin washed up, victims of red tide,” says Patricia Caswell, Hermitage co-founder and program director. “We can’t think of a better place to get inspired about the health of our Florida waters than here.”
Jon Thaxton creates and implements Gulf Coast Community Foundation’s key strategies for transforming the region’s nonprofit community and providing leadership on emerging issues. A fifth-generation Sarasotan, he is recognized throughout Florida as a leading advocate for protecting the natural environment. Thaxton began his environmental advocacy at Venice High School in 1974 as a founding member of the Ecology Club, and in 1996 was featured in National Geographic for his efforts to protect endangered species.