MEDIA ADVISORY: Dec. 17, 2012
DEP TO CELEBRATE RE-OPENING OF TAMPA BAY AQUATIC PRESERVES OFFICE
~Ribbon-cutting marks renewed management near one of state's largest cities~
DUNEDIN – Local and state officials will celebrate the re-opening of the Tampa Bay Aquatic Preserves office with a ribbon-cutting and ceremony at the City of Dunedin Municipal Marina on Tuesday.
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection's Office of Coastal and Aquatic Managed Areas will join local dignitaries in a ribbon cutting, followed by a boat tour of one of the more than 100 spoil islands within the preserve.
The office closed July 1, 2011 due to budget constraints. Over the past 18 months, restructuring of grant funds and responsibilities has allowed positions to be transferred from Tallahassee to Tampa in order to create one full-time and two part-time positions for the re-opened office.
Tampa Bay Aquatic Preserves is the second largest urban estuary in
the state, and it is important for commercial and recreational fishing. Tampa Bay Aquatic Preserves is home to all
four species of mangroves native to the state. The aquatic preserves attract
tourists from around the world to its clean and beautiful waters right off
shore from one of Florida’s largest cities.
The event will take place:
Tuesday, Dec. 18
City of Dunedin Municipal Marina
51 Main St.