Volume 6 Issue 20_Sun Bay Paper

The first time I went on this trip, I went for the day, I had some friends from Germany in town and they wanted to go, I had been told by friends that staying overnight is a better experi- ence but time didn't allow for that at the time..... Our adventure began as we climbed aboard, we enjoy tropical drinks and food from the galley, some watched satellite TV in the climate controlled cabins. While I enjoy the sundeck, checking the gulf looking for dolphins! And actually we did see a few! The boat ride is en- joyable, the food on board is surprisingly good and the sunset on the ride home was breathtaking! But I must say, hav- ing had that experience, I strongly suggest staying overnight. That was the first and only time I only went for the day. We spent most of the day on the boat as boarding began at 7am, and you must be aboard by 7:45 with de- parture from Fort Myers Beach at 8am. (also departs Marco Island at 8am in sea- son) We arrived in Key West just before noon, after dock- ing, and disembarking... Saying we had a noon arrival with boots on the ground in Key West is being kind. Then we had to be back on board by 5:30pm for a 6pm departure back to Fort Myers Beach. (the Marco Is- land return trip has to be on board by 4:30pm for a 5pm departure) We really didn't have enough time to venture off of Duval Street. But hon- estly, getting there was half the fun, if you are on a time deadline and really want to see it, it is still a great day. The second time I went on the Key West Ex- press, my lady and I stayed overnight, what a difference! From Island to Bay, News at Sea Level Volume 6 Issue No.20 Take us home with you! TheSunBayPaper.com Feb 5, 2021 - Feb. 11, 2021 Stephen “Steve” Repetto was a caring husband, brother, uncle, and friend. He left this world too soon last month at age 71. Steve married Gayle Zurheide in 1988 and they happily enjoyed their lives together for the past 31 years. Steve’s greatest joy in his remaining years at Fort Myers Beach was playing the cowbell with the bluesy bass player Deb Biela, with her band, Deb and the Dynamics. Steve was their biggest fan, he rarely missed a show, as much fun was had by all watching him gleefully dance and play. His love of people, social engagement and activ- ity will go unmatched. Murals of the Hubble Space Telescope images will be on display in a new exhibit promoting 30 Years of Discovery, celebrating the art and science of the Telescope along with its images of beauty and splendor gathered from outer space. As part of its “Inspiration Takes Flight” programs, exhibits, and events, the IMAG is presenting a se- ries of spacious murals of constella- tions, nebulas, supernovas, star clusters, and more in its gallery. In this collection of space Cont. pg 23 Florida will receive a 40,000-dose boost in its weekly allocation of COVID-19 vaccines, Gov. Ron DeSantis said Monday while announcing plans to reopen testing sites as drive- thru inoculation centers and expand other distribution programs statewide. During a news con- ference at a closed mass test- ing site in The Villages to be reopened Thursday as a drive-thru vaccination clinic that will inoculate up to 4,000 weekly, DeSantis said Florida will receive 307,000 shots weekly beginning this week, up from 266,000. “Because of that in- crease, we are able to an- nounce that beginning this Thursday, that drive-thru site (in The Villages) will be able to be open again. But this time it’s going to be a per- manent vaccination site,” DeSantis said. Among other mass vaccination sites opening this week, the governor said a “pod” in Sun City Center will begin administering 5,000 doses weekly and a Broward County site will offer 3,500 shots weekly. FIU: Seaweed-Loving Crabs Help Restore Coral Reefs Cont. pg 14 A Journey of Discovery With the dangers of climate change increasing at a rapid rate, Coral reefs are in decline, over- come by seaweed. Now scientists think that they have found a solu- tion for the infested reefs – herbiv- orous crabs that enjoy a seaweed diet. On December 10, 2020, researchers with Florida Interna- tional University, FIU, reported in the journal “Current Biology” that native crabs in the Florida Keys could help break down the seaweed by eating it and so could help to restore the reefs. Cont. pg 12 Cont. pg 13 The 30 Doradus Steve Repetto July 8, 1949. - January 10, 2021 Key West Anyone? A scientist from Florida International University monitors a reef in the Florida Keys, (Photo by Mark Butler courtesy FIU) Cont. pg 16 With Vaccine Shipment Boost, DeSantis Begins Opening Mass Inoculation Sites