Massimo’s Fundraiser Thank you

Thank you to all who came out and supported the fundraiser and a big thank you to Massimo’s for supporting the “Bring the beach back to Apollo Beach” campaign.

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Massimo’s pizza in the Winn Dixie Shopping Center is having a fund raiser to benefit ABWIG.  This will help us raise some of the $3000 we need now to purchase the new channel marks, lights and tackle.  Next Wednesday, July 27th Massimo’s will donate 10% of the days’ sales receipts to help us, “Bring the Beach Back!!!”

They have great pizza, salads, calzones and subs.  Please plan on Massimo’s for lunch or dinner next Wednesday so that we can secure a healthy donation for the ABWIG dredging and beach restoration project…

Thank you,

ABWIG Board of Directors

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Update and thank you from the ABWIG Board

The ABWIG BOD wants to provide an update in the donation totals since we asked the community to raise $4400 at the beginning of July.  We have raised $1385.00.  We are at 32% of our goal.

Special Thanks go out to the following:

Megan Martinez, Teresa Rice, Debbie Caneen, Debra/Eliot Marcus, Dolorene Teper, Bob/Pat McChesney, Barbara Allaert, Todd Gonzales, Dale Dintelmann, Eileen Eletto, Bryan/Carrie Lawson, Elena Stumpe, Mike/Nancy Aldrich and the Tampa Sailing Squadron

For those of you who haven’t yet donated and are in a position to do so, let’s get it done.  This isn’t a Fund Drive for National Public Radio, or a Pledge Telethon for Jerry Lewis and the Muscular Dystrophy Association.  These are YOUR WATERWAYS and YOUR PARK, we (defined as the South Shore Community) need to raise at least $3000.00.  I know we can do this.

You can donate by visiting the ABWIG Website: ABWIG.org and clicking on the PAYPal Button.

You can donate by visiting the ABWIG Facebook page and clicking on the FUNDLY Button.

You can send us an old-fashioned check to ABWIG, PO Box 3251 in Apollo Beach, Fl 33572

Thanks for your support,

Len Berkstresser

President of ABWIG

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Progress Report on the Dredging Project

ABWIG volunteers, Board and Community Leaders,
Attached are a series of pictures that document the progress being made dredging, building the beach and re-marking the North Channel.  Please distribute this information to your organizations.  Together with the Hillsborough County Lands Conservation Department, ABWIG and Gator Dredging are making great progress.  The North Channel dredging is complete, the beach at the Apollo Beach Nature Park is 60% complete and North Channel marking to match the new channel’s path is underway.
Since July 1st when we sent out word that we needed to raise an additional $4400.00, we have raised $1130, so we are at 25% of our goal.  We want to thank those listed below for their donations and encourage those of you who have not yet donated to please do so now.  You can donate from ABWIGs Facebook Page by clicking on the FUNDLY button, from our ABWIG.org Website by clicking on the PAYPAL button and by sending a check to our PO Box 3251 in Apollo Beach.
Thanks to all for your support as we work to deepen the channels and Bring the Beach Back!!!
Donors since July 1, 2016 for the special campaign:
Theresa Rice, Megan Martinez, Debbie Caneen, Debra & Eliot Marcus, Dolorene Teper, Bob and Pat McChesney, Barbara Allaert, Todd Gonzales, Dale Dintelmann, Eileen Eletto, Bryan & Carrie Lawson, Elena Stumpe and Brailey & Susan Green
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Thank you for your donations

Want to see the latest progress and see the new beach? Check out the latest video: https://vimeo.com/173655130

Since asking for donations specifically for the new pilings, day boards, lights and floating marks, we have received donations of $430.00. This is nearly 10% of our goal of $4400. Thanks to the following for their donations:
• Megan Martinez
• Teresa Rice
• Debbie Caneen
• Debra & Eliot Marcus and
• Dolorene Teper

It you haven’t donated yet, this is the best time to do so. We need your support now!

Y’all are doing great with your donations, we are now over 20% of our goal. Keep it coming, we still have a long way to go… This weekend the North Channel will be re-marked and lit. Please be mindful of the people (ME and Others!!!) working there as you pass through this area. Look for updated pictures on Monday or Tuesday of next week… Thanks everyone in our paradise: Apollo Beach!!! Len

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Check out the video of the progress at the AB Nature Park!!

The Apollo Beach Waterway Improvement Group and Hillsborough County Parks and Land Management channel dredging and beach restoration project is moving along very well.  Although we are all pleased with the progress, we still have more work to do.  Once the channel dredging is completed, hopefully in the next month, we will be placing new channel marks and lights.  The bill for this work is $4,500, so we need to continue raising money.  If you are pleased with what you see in the video and want to help us continue the efforts to “bring the beach back” to Apollo Beach and make the channels safe for navigation, please donate.  You can do so on the website (there is a donate button on the home page) or you can send us a check to PO box 3251 in Apollo Beach, 33572.  Help us finish the project and bring this fantastic community project to a successful conclusion.  Thanks to all!

 

 

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Dredging is starting Saturday, June 4th in the North Channel

Please Note:

Dredging will begin in the North Channel on Saturday, June 4th.  Dredging will happen seven days a week.

Boaters notice:  There can be absolutely no wake through the channel.  Please be vigilant traversing the channel.

We thank you for your cooperation.

 

 

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Dredging Project in the News

EquipmentAt long last, the Apollo Beach Nature Park beach re-nourishment and channel-dredging project has begun. After five-plus years of effort, the joint project between Hillsborough County and the Apollo Beach Waterway Improvement Group is moving forward. All of the organizers, supporters and volunteers dedicated to this effort are delighted to finally be in a position to share the latest details.

On Thursday, May 12, at 7 p.m., ABWIG will hold a town hall meeting, open to the public, to provide information and answer to questions. The meeting will be at the Century 21 Beggins Enterprises office at 6542 U.S. 41 N.

ABWIG still needs to raise more funds to complete the beach restoration project, and will ask for contributions at the town hall meeting. Donations can be made through the ABWIG website:  www.abwig.org. You can also send a check to ABWIG, P.O. Box 3251, Apollo Beach, FL 33572

Link to the rest of the article:

Observer News Article

 

 

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Town Hall Meeting May 12th

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Work on the containment site has started

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Exciting News and Info about our next Town Hall Meeting

At long last, the Apollo Beach Nature Park beach re-nourishment and channel dredging project has begun!!!  After 5+ years of effort, the joint project between Hillsborough County and the Apollo Beach Waterway Improvement Group is moving forward.  All of the organizers and volunteers dedicated to this effort are delighted to finally be in a position to make this exciting announcement.

On Thursday, May 12th at 7 pm we will hold our next Town Hall Meeting to provide information and answer all of your questions.  As usual, we will be meeting at the Century 21 Beggins Real Estate Office on Hwy 41.  Commissioner Sandra Murman, Ross Dickerson; Hillsborough County Environmental Lands Manager, Forest Turbiville; Hillsborough County Director of Conservation and Land Management and Len Berkstresser; ABWIG President will present details.  The meeting will be announced shortly and an agenda will be posted.

In the meantime, know that the ABNP is closed and you will see heavy equipment at the Park building the sand containment.  Shortly thereafter, you will see the dredging begin in the North Channel.  Please be vigilant as you traverse these channels as there will be working equipment and dredge pipes in place for the next several months.  Be mindful of safe boating practices and keep your WAKES to a minimum!!!

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