as a Seabird!
By CARL WEST
Comfortably nested between Gulf Boulevard and the beach, right on
the border separating Madeira Beach and Redington Shores, the Suncoast
Seabird Sanctuary definitely qualifies as one of Central Florida's
most charismatic hidden spots.
Host to more than
159 bird species, the sanctuary proudly shares that more than 80%
of it's patients that survive the first 24 hours are successfully
treated and released back to the Florida wildlife. In 2002 alone
more than 10,000 birds were brought in to the sanctuary, a statistic
only possible through a team of more than one hundred volunteers
and qualified professionals.
Claiming to be the
largest nonprofit wild bird hospital in the United States, the sanctuary
was founded in 1971 by zoologist Ralph Heath. To this day the sanctuary
continues to be among the utmost in avian rehabilitation centers
than a bird hospital, the Suncoast Sanctuary is an endearing spot
along a most majestic coastline. Offering free admission, ample
free parking and access to the beach, it's permanent residents and
uninvited overnight guests put on shows that rival Central Florida's
larger theme parks. "We get tons of wild birds that fly in
for the night hoping for a free meal" says Phyllis Molnar,
a long time volunteer. "Then there's pelicans during mating
season, they make a racket!" adds Molnar.
The sanctuary has
received numerous accolades from the media having been featured
in The New York Times, ABC's 20/20 and The Today Show on NBC. Over
100,000 visitors flock to the Suncoast Sanctuary each year and thanks
to donations, it will remain an extraordinary free attraction for
years to come.
18328 Gulf Blvd.
Indian Shores, FL 33785
View Bird Sanctuary pictorial by Daniel St.Pierre >>
BY BRUNO LEVINE
Rocky is a 9 year old bull terrier with an attitude. He only eats
people food, sleeps on the bed with mom and dad and, Rocky rides
Silverstone owns a bright yellow '59 Chevy Impala rag top which he
likes to take out on occasion. Each occasion usually features a
sunny day, a cold drink and his happy pooch.
Rocky and Frank have become popular
icons along Clearwater's Beach Blvd where they like to cruise to
the cheers of other drivers and pedestrians alike. "Seems pretty
much everyone loves little Rocky, and the car too I guess!"
says Silverstone, an ex-Army Staff Sergeant now enjoying his retirement
in Largo, FL.
Frank and Anne, his wife
of thirty-two years live a peaceful life by the Gulf. You wouldn't
know it form looking at him but it turns out little Rocky is a millionaire.
How? Well as luck would have it Rocky's previous master died in
a boating accident and left his fortune to his favorite companion
and best friend. Is it legal? Of course it is. Is it ethical? Little Rocky
seems to think so...
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