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1. Sunrise Rotary awards unsung hero to Gene Burson

The Rotary Club of Marco Island Sunrise presented its Unsung Hero Award for the second quarter to Gene Burson.

Burson was awarded at the Happy Hour for Hope held to benefit Meals of Hope on Aug. 28, for his services to the Marco Island community and placing “service above self “consistent with Rotary’s aspirations.

In announcing the award, Rotary Chair Bill Morris praised Burson, “Gene has worked tirelessly on the Seafood Festival and serves on the boards of Police Foundation and Fire and Rescue too. He is a part of countless other charitable activities and always willing to lend a hand.”

As Sunrise Rotary’s Unsung Hero, Burson was awarded a plaque commemorating the recognition. In addition, the Club will donate $100to a charity of Gene’s choice. The club will also donate 20 polio vaccines in Gene’s name as part of Rotary International’s effort to eradicate polio.

The Unsung Hero award recognizes a member of the Marco Island community who unselfishly helps others and who has not generally been recognized for such service. The recipient is not a member of Rotary, but either works, lives or provides service on Marco Island.

Rotary is now accepting nominations for the 2017 third quarter Unsung Hero. Submit nomination to Chairman Bill Morris at 247 North Collier Blvd., Suite 202, Marco Island 34145 or by email at wgm@wgmorrislaw.com.

2. Meditate in the swamp Saturday

Find zen inside the ancient bald cypress forest of Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary on Saturday.

Seekers will meet at the visitor's center at 9 a.m. and walk to a secluded outdoor amphitheater, where an instructor will lead the meditation.

Participants should bring a pillow or blanket to sit on.

Cost is $10 for Corkscrew members or $20 for nonmembers.

Register in advance at eventbrite.com.

3. Snook season starts today

The recreational harvest season for snook starts Sept. 1 statewide. Unique to the region, snook are one of the many reasons Florida is the Fishing Capital of the World.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) encourages anglers to use moderation when determining whether or not to take a snook home. When releasing a snook, proper handling methods can help ensure your fish’s survival and the species’ abundance for anglers today and generations to come.

During the open season, the daily bag limit is one fish per person. In the Atlantic, snook must be not less than 28 inches and not more than 32 inches total length, which is measured from the most forward point of the head with the mouth closed to the farthest tip of the tail with the tail compressed or squeezed while the fish is lying on its side. In the Gulf, they must be not less than 28 inches and not more than 33 inches total length.

A snook permit, as well as a recreational saltwater license, is required unless the angler is exempt from the recreational license requirements. Snook may be targeted or harvested with hook-and-line gear only. Snagging is prohibited.

To learn more about catch-and-release and the best way to handle a fish, visit MyFWC.com/Fishing and click on “Saltwater Fishing,” then “Recreational Regulations” and “Fish Handling.”

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