Ava Lovett, 8, traveled with her mom, Sherry, from Valrico to St. Pete Beach for the volunteer event. The elder Ms. Lovett works at J.P. Morgan & Chase, who provided massive people power for the sea oat planting.
Between Crabby Bill’s and the Sirata, eager volunteers worked out a steady rhythm Saturday morning: push the broomstick in the sand, drop in a baby sea oat, pat down the sand and sprinkle it with water.
For the second year running, volunteers from across the Tampa Bay area joined forces to help Pinellas County Environmental Management, the Florida Aquarium, the Sirata Resort and St. Pete Beach plant 10,000 sea oats.
Volunteers planted the oats between the Sirata and Crabby Bill’s.
Sea oats, which tolerate salt well and help anchor sand in place, are found along Florida’s coastline; environmental groups plant more to help minimize beach erosion.
Last year the Sirata hosted a similar event – returning volunteers could see the one-year-old sea oats closest to the buildings; they installed the new plantings closer to the shoreline.