MORE THAN SUN AND SAND
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.