- December 2018 - 

for an exceptional evening to benefit
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Enjoy an award-winning 3-course buffet dinner, speakers, live auction, surprises and an iconic technicolor Everglades movie 

- Just $40 -

Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre 
1380 Colonial Blvd  6-9pm (doors open at 5pm)

BOX OFFICE: 239.278.4422
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Rarely Seen - America’s First Environmental Movie (Warner Bros 1958) - Shot entirely on location in Southwest Florida, starring Oscar-Winner Christopher Plummer in his First Leading Role

Proceeds go to support Calusa Waterkeeper
Monday, December 10 from 6:00-9:00 pm - $40.

Speakers include
Brian Zepeda - Seminole Tribal Member. The film’s producers chose to cast only Seminole Tribe members in the Seminole roles. Brian, whose great-grandfather Cory Osceola, then Chairman of the Tribe, played a major role in the movie, “Billy One-Arm” and whose aunt Mary Osceola Moore played “Mary,” will talk about the Tribe’s significant contribution and involvement in the movie. 

Cesar Alejandro Becerra – Dubbed the "Everglades Evangelist" by the Miami Herald, this noted Florida Historian and Guide knew Budd Schulberg and will speak to the film’s iconic cult status in the pantheon of American cinema.

Gerri Reaves, PHD, - Local Historian, Author, expert on the plume trade of the last century, and Secretary of Audubon of SWFL, will talk about the early years of the Audubon Society of Florida, including how the film is loosely based on slain Audubon Warden, Guy Bradley.

KC Schulberg, son of the film’s producer Stuart Schulberg, nephew of Oscar-winning screenwriter Budd Schulberg and Executive Director of Calusa Wakerkeeper, will share family stories from the production. He was five years old and an “extra” in the set. 

Christopher Plummer, the film’s Oscar-winning star cannot be with us as he is filming, but he has personally autographed six WIND ACROSS THE EVERGLADES posters to be auctioned off from the stage.

Myra Roberts, noted Sanibel artist, has offered a rare "limited edition giclee print" of her painting SPOONBILL, depicting the once endangered roseate spoonbill, to be auctioned off during the evening. 

What the critics say about the movie:
“Something of the wild natural beauty and the human barbarity that prevailed in the great swamps of Florida fifty years ago is caught in Stuart and Budd Schulberg's "Wind Across the Everglades…"

“The screenplay fictionalizes the struggle of the Audubon Society to end the slaughter of Florida’s plume birds, whose feathers were so highly prized around the turn of the century for women’s hats. The action revolves around the almost single-handed efforts of an agent (Christopher Plummer) to stop the mass killings, and in particular his battle with the leader of one band of bird-hunters (Burl Ives).”

“A vibrant, often savage ode to beauty in the Florida Everglades.”

“One of Nicholas Ray's most beautifully bizarre projects, merging Western conventions with ecological and philosophical concerns as, in Florida at the end of the 1890s, teacher-turned-game warden Plummer takes on a gang of unruly, primitive poachers led by the awesomely charismatic Burl Ives, who are killing off the local rare birds for their fashionable, valuable plumage. With an often poetic script by Budd Schulberg and Joseph Brun's glistening location photography (in ravishing Technicolor), it effortlessly combines artifice with realism, and besides offering a strong argument in favor of conservation, also develops into an oblique meditation on the relativity of good and evil. Ives may spit in the face of God to win his hard-earned money through killing and commerce, but Ray makes no bones about his being closer to nature than Plummer.”
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- JANUARY 21 -

at Broadway Palm Theatre
As a follow up to our successful October 15 Florida Economic Water Summit (FEWS), we are now putting together a forum on January 21 to address
Stand by for the announcement of a prestigious panel. 


December 1, 2018

Dear Calusa Waterkeeper Members and Friends:

What a year it has been. Many of you have volunteered, become members and made donations. For that, we are deeply grateful. Calusa Waterkeeper (CWK) works all year, testing and reporting water quality, advocating for enhanced clean water regulation, and informing our fellow residents and stakeholders of the risks of neglect and the inevitable damage to our economy and environment that ensue from poor environmental policy.

2018 will go down as catastrophic, owing to the harmful algae blooms (HABs) that plagued SW Florida. The dual outbreaks of blue-green algae (a/k/a cyanobacteria) and red tide (a/k/a Karenia brevis) devastated marine life and our tourism sector. In response, we held town halls this summer highlighting the public health risks associated with HABs. On October 15, we organized the first Florida Economic Water Summit, gathering industry stakeholders to speak to the economic devastation caused by HABs. On January 21, we’ll follow up with the first Florida Water Policy Summit, focusing on policy and legislation initiatives to remedy these ills. John Cassani, the Waterkeeper, and KC Schulberg, CWK’s new Executive Director, have spear headed our advocacy efforts to combat HABs.  In recognition of John’s work, Audubon of Southwest Florida recently named him Environmental Advocate of the Year. In large part due to CWK’s advocacy, almost all major statewide candidates ran on environmental platforms.

HABs are not likely to subside in the coming year, primarily because no policy has been implemented to reverse these events. In addition, Climate Change, with increasingly warming waters, more severe storms with greater precipitation, creates favorable conditions for the propagation of these organisms. So, in 2019, CWK will further ramp up our HAB efforts. We have prepared an urgent Call to Action with ten specific initiatives, including relaunching the HAB Task Force. In addition, CWK will work to ensure that newly elected officials keep their environmental promises to the electorate. Our future depends on it.

In light of CWK’s ambitious agenda, I urge you to renew your CWK membership for 2019, and to consider increasing your contribution. Remember, we are a member- and donation-funded 501(c)3 non-profit. In addition to financial contributions, there are numerous volunteer opportunities.  You could become part of our Ranger Program and/or serve on one of our committees.  Check our website,, to learn more. Or attend one of our upcoming community events.

In that regard, I’d like to invite you to join us for a benefit screening of Wind Across the Everglades at the Broadway Palm Diner Theatre on December 10th. This rarely seen iconic movie, filmed on location in SWFL, is arguably America’s first environmental feature film. It stars Oscar-winner Christopher Plummer in his first lead role and tells the story of an embattled Audubon game warden trying to stem the poaching of endangered birds at the turn of the last century. It will be a fun night, filled with stories, speakers, live auction, dinner and a great movie, all for just $40. Information is included in this newsletter.

On behalf of Calusa Waterkeeper’s Board of Directors, John Cassani, KC Schulberg and our Rangers, I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your ongoing support and wish you and your family a wonderful end-of-year holiday.  Hope to see you at Broadway Palm on December 10th for Wind Across the Everglades.

Gene Gibson,



The toxic blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) stretching from Lake Okeechobee to our west coast is the result of decades of failed water policy implementation.  A perfect storm of lax enforcement and underfunding at the local, state and national levels has culminated in the historic harmful algae blooms (HABs) that plagued our region this year.

Calusa Waterkeeper (CWK) calls on citizens and stakeholders to urge our political leaders to take the following ten actions:

         I.      Promptly declare a State of Emergency when HABs appear in our waterways.

        II.      Relaunch and fund the Florida HAB Task Force (TF) defunded in 2001 (but still enabled by Florida Statute 379.2271) with the objective of adopting a modern response strategy, similar to that employed by other states with numeric thresholds and actionable protocols to guide state agencies on HABs.

       III.      When HABs appear, post bilingual signs and erect temporary barriers warning the public of potential dangers at all public access points along the Caloosahatchee and other waterbodies.  Resolve confusing jurisdictional questions as to which agency has this responsibility.

      IV.      Urge the Florida Environmental Regulation Commission to classify cyanotoxins as regulated contaminants in Florida with input from the re-instated Florida HAB TF.

       V.      Revise Florida stormwater treatment regulations to increase non-point stormwater runoff treatment capacity as part of the criteria in the “Design Requirements for Stormwater Treatment Systems in Florida.”  Greater nutrient sequestering capacity will address the increased frequency of extreme storm events and resulting nutrient pollution.

      VI.      Urge the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) to revise the total maximum daily load (TMDL) Prioritization Criteria adopted in 2015 to increase the number of nutrient impaired water bodies selected for TMDL implementation.  This will require increased funding for implementation.  Only 15 of FL’s 54 basins are selected for TMDL prioritization during each five-year cycle.  It may take up to 20 years for TMDL implementation to begin under the current criteria.

     VII.      Revise FDEP Basin Management Action Plans (BMAPs) for nutrient-impaired waterbodies with higher nutrient load reduction requirements reflecting current loading rates.  As is, some BMAPs rely on nutrient load reductions that are determined based on land use data from a decade or more ago.

    VIII.      The Lake Okeechobee Regulation Schedule (LORS) is in need of revision. What was intended as a 5-year interim schedule in 2008 should be revised with more equity for protecting the estuaries from too much and too little flow.

      IX.      Implement ALL options in the University of Florida Water Institute’s technical review “Options to Reduce High Volume Freshwater Flows to the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee Estuaries and Move More Water from Lake Okeechobee to the Southern Everglades” (March 2015).

       X.      Provide a water quality treatment component for water discharged from the C-43 Reservoir.

The HABs that plagued SW Florida this year were of historic magnitude.  We are at a tipping point.  If political leaders fail to take action, history is doomed to repeat itself year after year, causing catastrophic harm to our ecosystem and our economy. The science is clear on what needs to be done; what has been lacking is the political will to enact the regulation and legislation required to begin to reverse these problems.  We look to you, as informed citizens, to proactively communicate your water quality concerns to newly elected officials. It will take a groundswell of voices if we are to affect change in Tallahassee during this coming legislative session.

For those who wish a "Deep Dive" into the public health consequences of Cyanobacteria (Blue-Green Algae) and Karenia brevis (Red Tide) on our waterways, we recommend viewing the entire 55-minute Q&A following the film TOXIC PUZZLE, featuring esteemed panelists Dr James Metcalf, Senior Researcher at Brain Chemistry Labs, Dr Larry Brand, Professor of Marine Biology and Fisheries, University of Miami, Dr Walter Bradley, Professor and Chairman Emeritus at Department of Neurology Miller School of Medicine University of Miami, and John Cassani, the Calusa Waterkeeper.
Calusa Waterkeeper wishes to thank Metro Blinds and the Skelton Family,  who generously donated a portion of their proceeds earned during the month of October.  They graciously made a contribution to CWK of $2500.

We wish to also thank the Marine Trading Post for generously offering a free full-page ad which will run for three months in the publication Nautical Mile. 

The outpouring of support from the community for the work we do is truly astounding.
CALUSA WATERKEEPER is an entirely donation- and member-funded nonprofit. 
Our project area covers more than 1,000 square miles, and our mission is to

Protect and Preserve the Caloosahatchee River from Lake Okeechobee
to the Coastal Waters.

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