3 To Do: Environmental workshops, more

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File: Roseate spoonbills search for breakfast in the shallow lagoon on Tigertail Beach, Marco Island.

1. Wednesday: Tigertail lagoon discussion

The Marco Pass/Tigertail lagoon area is constantly evolving and changing. In an effort to keep the mouth of the pass open, allowing tidal flow to continue into and out of the lagoon, the Hideaway Tax District has underwritten dredging near the northern tip of Sand Dollar Spit every few years.

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Over time, an area adjacent to and just north of the lagoon has become increasingly shallow, severely restricting tidal flow, creating potential issues for the health of the lagoon water. If this situation is not addressed, wildlife and fish populations will decline as lagoon bacterial levels rise. Even now, boating, kayaking, and paddle boarding have become difficult in that section.

Scientific data have suggested that without intervention in this area of the pass, named "zone 3," the lagoon will be completely cut off from tidal flow.

Friends of Tigertail is hosting an in depth presentation regarding the lagoon issue from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 18, in the Marco Island Library Rose Hall. Interested citizens and groups are encouraged to attend and hear the facts about this topic. Reservations are not required. Information: friendsoftigertail.com.

2. Mangrove Trimming & Regulations Workshop

This workshop will provide attendees a better understanding of proper mangrove maintenance, the value of mangroves, and the rules and laws that govern mangrove trimming.

Attendees also will learn basic mangrove biology and identification. The course will consist of a combination of demonstrations, hands-on learning, discussion and lecture. Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and is located at 300 Tower Road, Naples.

The event is from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m., Sept. 17; $25.

nformation rookerybay.org or 239-530-5940.

3. Hilton Marco Island Spa opening

From 3 until 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18, at the Hilton Resort Marco Island, 560 South Collier Blvd., Marco Island.

File: The Hilton Marco Island Beach Resort & Spa.

Meet educational advisors from Eminence and Aromatherapy Associates.  Receive complimentary skincare and body mini-treatments with free samples to take home. Enjoy Hors d’ oeuvres and champagne throughout your visit.

Pre-register for services, limited availability. Information: 239-642-2144.