Posted by Jody on July 3, 2016
Venice Fishing Pier, Venice, Florida
“And forever in peace may you wave.”
~You’re a Grand Old Flag by George M. Cohan
About the photo:
The Pier was originally built in 1966 for $133,877. It was destroyed in July of 1981 by the “No Name Storm”. Rebuilding took place in 1984 with Greenhart lumber from South America, the only place in the world to purchase this wood. It did not have to be treated, nor did it shrink, because it was grown in the swamps. In February 2004, the Pier was totally removed. The construction of the current Pier cost $1.75 million dollars, and the money was raised by a municipal bond (recreational). The decking of the Pier is now made of plastic wood fiber composite, is built to withstand a category 4 hurricane, and has a projected life span of at least 50 years.The Pier is 720 ft long (219.45 meters), 22 ft wide, and the height is 20’ feet (6.096 meters). Water depth at the end averages 16 ½ feet (5.03 meters). The Pier is open 24 hours a day and 7 days a week, with free admission, and no fishing license is required. Papa’s Bait Shop is located midway down the Pier and is open 7 days a week at 6:30 AM. Source: Venice Fishing Pier
Have a fabulous, fun, and safe July Fourth!
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Posted by Jody on June 20, 2016
It’s National Seashell Day!
To shell-ebrate, here are just a few posts on some our very favorite Beach Treasures:
Picture Perfect Calico Scallops
Wavy Turbans, Tile & Lots of Fun
Rayed Cone Snails
Angel Wings: A Heavenly Find
Colors of Sunset: Gould’s Wedge Seashells
Kitten’s Paws: Oh So Cute!
Would you like to check out other seashell posts? Simply type “seashells” into the search box (top left), sit back, and enjoy!
How about getting your feet wet with your own seashell post? We’d love to hear from you! Click on the “Submission Guidelines” tab for more info.
How will you shell-ebrate National Seashell Day?
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Posted by Jody on June 19, 2016
Happy Father’s Day
Demonstrate gratitude for the simple things in life. Show your child that you are a person who is truly grateful for the simple, good things in life: a sunset, rain, insects, birds, children laughing, or a kind gesture…. Appreciative people are happy; they see the beauty in life while others miss it.
~Richard Carlson, Celebrate Your Child: The Art of Happy Parenting, 1992
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Posted by Jody on June 1, 2016
San Carlos Bay
Feeling the Love on Harrison County Sand Beach, Mississippi
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Posted by Jody on May 29, 2016
Honoring Memorial Day
Venice Beach Memorial
ALL VETERANS OF ALL WARS,
THE DISABLED AND THOSE WHO
GAVE THEIR LIVES IN THE HOPE
THEIR CHILDREN WOULD NEVER
NEED TO FIGHT OR GIVE THEIR
LIVES TO KEEP OUR COUNTRY
STRONG AND FREE, BUT ESPECIALLY
DEDICATED WITH THE KNOWLEDGE
THAT IF CALLED, THEY WILL EMULATE
THEIR PARENTS IN UPHOLDING
THE HONOR OF THESE
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Posted by Jody on May 25, 2016
What will you call your beautiful beach bungalow?
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Posted by Jody on May 24, 2016
Caspersen Beach, Venice, Florida. Yes, collecting shark teeth is allowed.
The best of our finds (so far)!
Have a great day at the beach!
We’re off to Sanibel Island!
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Posted by Jody on May 23, 2016
There is a camaraderie among beach treasure hunters in Venice, Florida, that charms folks into returning over and over again. Locals and repeat visitors are quick to lend a hand along with plenty of advice. Perfect strangers will plop a load or two of scooped up seashells onto the sand in front of you to get you started. I’ve seen more than one longtime treasure hunter simply pick up a shark tooth on the sand and gift it to someone they’ve never met before. Everyone has a system of finding the treasured shark teeth on the shores of Venice. Some of us have a whole beach bag full of how-tos.
Here are a few tips, tricks, and how-tos we’ve learned along the way. They’re all tried and true!
1.The Dig and Sift
The Dig and Sift is accomplished by simply reaching into the water to get the biggest portion of settled shells possible, then sifting through the seashells and fragments in hopes of spotting the perfect shark tooth specimen. You can buy a fancy pants scooper (sold at the local Walmarts for just under $18.00) which is simply a little wire basket on a pole. Folks ’round here have been known to attach a kitchen sieve to a $1.00 thrift store golf club to achieve the same results. Clever! Right? The cheapest bet: scoop with your own two hands, although you should plan on chipping the polish off of any prettily manicured nails. (Come to think of it, this may indeed be the most expensive option of the three!)
The Dig and Sift
2. The Sweep and Trap
The Sweep and Trap system doesn’t require braving the surf. You just need to find a section of the beach where the surf is washing over a patch of smallish seashell fragments. Crouch on the sand and start to run your hand back and forth across the small bits and pieces while the surf comes and goes. Now, with this system, you’ll likely see a treasure or two get away before you can actually grab what really did look like a shark tooth. Hence the “trap” part. Quick reflexes are necessary to trap any dark, suspicious form before the waves wash your suspected precious beach treasure back into the sea.
The Sweep and Trap
3. The Scoop and Toss
Can’t find a place where the waves are washing across a section of seashell fragments? Have a friend simply scoop a colander, bucket, or basket of seashells and sand from the water and plop the load along the surf line for you. Follow the “trap” part of technique #2 from here.
4. The Dig Like Heck at the Shell Banks Left Behind After High Tide
🙂 Self explanatory:
The Dig Like Heck at the Shell Banks Left Behind After High Tide
5. The Walk and Scan
Enjoy a lovely walk on the beach and just look down. I can’t tell you how successful this system has been for many a beach treasure hunter on the beautiful beaches of Venice. Yes, this how-to is too obvious, but we just had to mention it!
The Walk and Scan
The Ultimate Venice Beach Treasure!
Good luck & have a wonderful day at the beach!!
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Posted by Jody on May 22, 2016
Here’s a look at our awesome Saturday morning on Caspersen Beach in Venice, Florida. What a fabulous day it was for beach treasure hunting!
Hunting for shark teeth is a lot like “Where’s Waldo?” Scroll through the photos and see if you can find a shark tooth or two with us. >>>
Everyone is out to find those treasured shark teeth on Caspersen Beach
Dressed for success!
Anything in there?
Caspersen Beach, Florida
Wonderful shelling too!
We were told by a local fisherman that this character is a Yellow-Footed Bait Stealer.
Wooohooo! My Beach Treasures!
It’s great to have a waterproof camera. Isn’t it? We have a couple of Fuji FinePix XP70 neon colored wonders just for these occasions!
Have a wonderful day at the beach!
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