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CITY WORKER WANTS TO SHARE IN­FOR­MA­TION ON BEACH ECOSYS­TEMS

Like us, Rae Blake loves the beach. But she also wants us to know and un­der­stand its ecosys­tem and the life-forms mak­ing it their home. In her new role as en­vi­ron­men­tal and storm wa­ter tech­ni­cian with Fort My­ers Beach, as well as li­ai­son to the city’s Ma­rine Re­sources Task Force, the 27-year-old en­vi­ron­men­tal spe­cial­ist can do just that. “It seems that there haven’t been a lot of peo­ple who know about the beach,” she says.

Grow­ing up min­utes from the beach in Juno Beach, Florida, Blake was sur­rounded by its ecosys­tem and wildlife. She ap­pre­ci­ates it as more than a place to tan, but as a home to many species.

Blake’s plans in­clude en­vi­ron­men­tal aware­ness ac­tiv­i­ties in afters­chool pro­grams at the lo­cal el­e­men­tary, shar­ing what she’s dis­cov­ered about beach ecosys­tems. “Hope­fully, they can learn more and be ex­cited about the fact that they live on this re­ally cool bar­rier is­land,” she says.

RAE BLAKE

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