Category Archives: People and the Bay

Profile: There’s something about Mary

Tampa Bay’s Mary Mangiapia becomes the first woman to through-kayak 1,500 miles around Florida By Marcia Biggs When the 300-mile Everglades Challenge sea kayak race from St. Petersburg to Key Largo was cancelled in early March due...

Mark Rachal: Audubon sanctuary manager

Growing up in Chicago, Mark Rachal wanted to be a zookeeper. About 25 years later, he’s manager of Florida Audubon’s Coastal Island Sanctuaries, including islands named the state’s most important bird colony by the Florida Fish an...

Jan Platt: The Young Girl and the Sea

By Sigrid Tidmore When Jan Kaminis Platt was born in 1936, she already had sand in her shoes and salt water in her veins. She came by these traits honestly, having a Norwegian whaler for a great-grandfather, a Greek grandfather st...

Ranger Yearns for More Time Outside

Pete Krulder had no idea what he was getting into when he signed up for a job as a ranger at Honeymoon Island State Park. “I applied on a lark,” he says. “I always loved the outdoors – fishing, boating, hiking, and camping – so th...