6th Annual Indian Rocks Beach Green Fest

Indian Rocks Beach, FL- COTI School proudly announces their 6th Annual Greenfest to be held on Saturday March 16th, St. Patrick’s Day weekend.

This year Greenfest will feature live music by Toni Wylie and the Islands, food from local restaurants, draft beer and wine sponsored by Crabby Bill’s Seafood, a “green” marketplace, and plenty of activities for kids of all ages including a bounce house, playground, arts and crafts, and dancing. Local non-profit groups such as Sea Bird Sanctuary, Surfrider foundation, and Pinellas County Extension will answer questions and provide information about how to get involved. There will also be raffle prizes including a weekend get away sponsored by Plumlee Gulf Beach Realty. Festival-goers shop for local, organic, and environmentally-friendly products, meet like-minded individuals, and support their local community.

“We created this event 6 years ago as a grass roots fundraiser for the school that would educate and support all things eco-friendly and local.

It has grown into a community supported festival for all ages” says Christy Ward, Event Coordinator.

Tara LaSalla

Inspiration can sometimes be found in the most unusual ways. For Tara, it came in the form of a movie based on a Peter Benchley novel. Steven Spielberg's version of 'JAWS' became a worldwide phenomenon at the time, but unfortunately it also served to spread a great deal of misinformation about sharks.

Tara was fascinated by these creatures from a young age and throughout her schooling she realized that these fish were vital to the health of the world's oceans. This led her to attend Eckerd College in St Petersburg, FL where she received her degree in marine biology.

Tara currently resides in St. Petersburg, FL. She is the co-owner of Going Green Tampa and is an active community leader in the form of environmental and marine conservation and education. Her work with the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, Tampa Bay Watch and other local organizations continues to inspire those around her to protect our natural resources. She holds true to one of Mahatma Gandhi's principles: "Be the change you want to see in the world."


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