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Pink flamingo sighting

Staff report

The variety of shorebirds frequenting our Siesta Key beaches always manages to enchant visitors and locals alike.  You just never know what type of wildlife to expect on your stroll at any given time.  This particular sunset stroll was anything but ordinary. Head-turning may be a more appropriate description.  That’s because a 7-foot pink flamingo was sighted on our beaches and in the Village.

Dressed as the iconic pink flamingo for Halloween, Agi Mireter, decided to surprise a friend who owns a condo down by Point of Rocks on Siesta Key.   On her walk through the Village and across the beaches, Mireiter was surprised and delighted with the response she received from passersby to her newest 7-foot costume.

“The reaction from the people on the beach was unbelievable,” said Mireter.  “Everyone loved it!  I had numerous photo requests and people were smiling and giving me the thumbs up and commenting on how much they loved the costume.  I decided to drive down to the public beach where the reaction was just as great!  Even the beach employees stopped me to get photos.  Everyone was smiling and it was wonderful to be able to get that reaction—that’s what vacation is all about—fun!”

High on the reaction she received on the beach, she decided to go into the Village and again, received a great response.  “They really got into the spirit of Halloween when they saw a 7-foot pink flamingo walking past, especially people eating at The Hub!” Mireter exclaimed.

Mireiter belongs to a group of collectors, with a Facebook and website presence, called Flamingo Fanny and Friends.  Although she is from Pennsylvania, or “PennSNOWRAINia,” as she likes to call it, she loves anything Florida and has always dreamed of living here.  She began collecting flamingos decades ago and has several flamingo costumes.

“It was great,” says Mireiter.  “I even had one gentleman tell me I should do it on a regular basis so if Siesta Key needs a 7-foot pink flamingo mascot, I volunteer!”