Calendar of 2013 Events

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  • January

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    Environmental Film Series
    January 6
    Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center
    35 East Quay Road
    Key West, FL 33040

    Enjoy free environmentally themed documentary films on Sundays at the Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center from December 2012 through March 2013. Doors open at 1 p.m.
    2 p.m.  “Hot Planet – Cold Comfort” (PBS, 25 minutes)
    4 p.m.  “YERT – Your Environmental Road Trip” (Media Changing Media, 113 minutes)

    For more information, call the movie-line at 305-809-4755.

     

    Environmental Film Series
    January 13
    Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center
    35 East Quay Road
    Key West, FL 33040

    Enjoy free environmentally themed documentary films on Sundays at the Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center from December 2012 through March 2013. Doors open at 1 p.m.
    2 p.m.  “YERT – Your Environmental Road Trip” (Media Changing Media, 113 minutes)
    4 p.m.  “No Impact Man” (Oscilloscope Laboratories, 93 minutes)

    For more information, call the movie-line at 305-809-4755.

     

    NOAA Fisheries Public Meeting
    January 15, 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
    John Pennekamp State Park Visitors Center
    102601 Overseas Highway
    Key Largo, FL 33037

    Public meeting on the NOAA Fisheries proposal to list seven species of coral found in the Florida Keys and Caribbean on the Endangered Species List, and to reclassify the threatened staghorn and elkhorn corals as endangered.

     

    Sanctuary Seminar Series
    January 15 - February 19
    Tuesday evenings
    6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.
    Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center
    33 East Quay Road
    Key West, FL 33040

    Registration is required for this six-week Florida Keys Community College (FKCC) course. Come learn about the Florida Keys marine environment and cultural resources through presentations by experts from the National Wildlife Refuges, Florida Keys Reef Lights Foundation, National Park Service, University of Miami and Inwater Research Group.

    To register, contact the FKCC continuing education department at 305-809-3185. The registration fee is $19.

     

    NOAA Fisheries Public Meeting
    January 16, 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
    Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center
    35 East Quay Road
    Key West, FL 33040

    Public meeting on the NOAA Fisheries proposal to list seven species of coral found in the Florida Keys and Caribbean on the Endangered Species List, and to reclassify the threatened staghorn and elkhorn corals as endangered.

     

    Discovery Saturday: Boat Bonanza
    January 19, 10 a.m. - 11 a.m.
    Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center
    35 East Quay Road
    Key West, FL 33040

    Kids in kindergarten through fifth grade are invited to join the free, fun-filled Discovery Saturday at the Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center. Play games and make crafts while learning about the basic parts of boats, as well as how to tie simple knots. Participants will make and decorate their own miniature sailboat.

    Discovery Saturday is held the third Saturday of every month. For more information, call 305-809-4750.

     

    Seafood Festival
    January 19, 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.
    8th Annual Florida Keys Seafood Festival
    Bayview Park
    Intersection of Jose Marti Drive and Truman Avenue
    Key West, FL 33040

    While you’re enjoying fresh seafood at the 8th Annual Key West Seafood Festival, be sure to stop by the sanctuary’s outreach booth and learn more about the marine environment of the Florida Keys. This free event is organized by the Florida Keys Commercial Fishermen’s Association.

    For more information, visit www.fkcfa.org or call 305-872-9026.

     

    Nautical Flea Market
    January 19 & 20, 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.
    9th Annual Big Pine and Lower Keys Nautical Flea Market
    Lower Keys Chamber of Commerce
    31020 Overseas Highway
    Big Pine Key, FL 33043

    Boating, fishing and diving enthusiasts will enjoy the maritime merchandise at 9th Annual Big Pine and Lower Keys Nautical Flea Market organized by the Lower Keys Chamber of Commerce. Be sure to stop by the sanctuary’s outreach booth while you’re there. Admission is free.

    For more information, visit www.lowerkeyschamber.com or call 305-872-2411.

     

    Environmental Film Series
    January 20
    Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center
    35 East Quay Road
    Key West, FL 33040

    Enjoy free environmentally themed documentary films on Sundays at the Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center from December 2012 through March 2013. Doors open at 1 p.m.
    2 p.m.  “No Impact Man” (Oscilloscope Laboratories, 93 minutes)
    4 p.m.  “Flagler’s Train” (WPBT2, 60 minutes)

    For more information, call the movie-line at 305-809-4755.

     

    Seafood Festival
    January 26, 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.
    January 27, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
    Key Largo 4th Annual Stone Crab & Seafood Festival
    Rowell’s Marina
    106800 Overseas Highway
    Key Largo, FL 33037

    There’s no shortage of family-friendly activities during this two-day seafood festival. Enjoy arts and crafts, music and fresh local seafood. Visit the sanctuary’s outreach booth to meet your local sanctuary staff. Admission is $5.

    For more information, visit www.keylargoseafoodfestival.com or call 305-451-4502.

     

    Environmental Film Series
    January 27
    Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center
    35 East Quay Road
    Key West, FL 33040

    Enjoy free environmentally themed documentary films on Sundays at the Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center from December 2012 through March 2013. Doors open at 1 p.m.
    2 p.m.  “Flagler’s Train” (WPBT2, 60 minutes)
    4 p.m.  “Play Again” (Ground Productions, 53 minutes)

    For more information, call the movie-line at 305-809-4755.

     

    Shallow Water Wildlife and Habitat Protection Working Group Meeting
    January 30, 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
    Shallow Water Wildlife and Habitat Protection Working Group
    Marathon Garden Club
    5270 Overseas Highway
    Marathon, FL 33050
    Agenda (pdf, 20 kb)

    The Sanctuary Advisory Council, working with public and community experts, is developing recommendations for changes to sanctuary marine zones and regulations. Working groups allow the advisory council to gather information from community experts, user groups, and scientists. Members of the public are invited to attend these working group meetings. Opportunities for public comment will be available.

     

    Coral Reef Ecosystem Restoration Working Group Meeting
    January 31, 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
    Coral Reef Ecosystem Restoration Working Group
    Marathon Garden Club
    5270 Overseas Highway
    Marathon, FL 33050
    Agenda (pdf, 20 kb)

    The Sanctuary Advisory Council, working with public and community experts, is developing recommendations for changes to sanctuary marine zones and regulations. Working groups allow the advisory council to gather information from community experts, user groups, and scientists. Members of the public are invited to attend these working group meetings. Opportunities for public comment will be available.

  • February

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    Environmental Film Series
    February 3
    Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center
    35 East Quay Road
    Key West, FL 33040

    Enjoy free environmentally themed documentary films on Sundays at the Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center from December 2012 through March 2013. Doors open at 1 p.m.
    2 p.m.  “Play Again” (Ground Productions, 53 minutes)
    4 p.m.  “Revenge of the Electric Car” (Bullfrog Films, 90 minutes)

    For more information, call the movie-line at 305-809-4755.

     

    Environmental Film Series
    February 10
    Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center
    35 East Quay Road
    Key West, FL 33040

    Enjoy free environmentally themed documentary films on Sundays at the Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center from December 2012 through March 2013. Doors open at 1 p.m.
    2 p.m.  “Revenge of the Electric Car” (Bullfrog Films, 90 minutes)
    4 p.m.  “Earth: the Operators’ Manual - Your Planet is Due for an Oil Change” (PBS, 53 minutes)

    For more information, call the movie-line at 305-809-4755.

     

    Discovery Saturday: Shark Savvy
    February 16, 10 a.m. - 11 a.m.
    Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center
    35 East Quay Road
    Key West, FL 33040

    Kids in kindergarten through fifth grade are invited to join the free, fun-filled Discovery Saturday at the Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center. Play games and make crafts while learning about these important top predators.

    Discovery Saturday is held the third Saturday of every month. For more information, call 305-809-4750.

     

    Environmental Film Series
    February 17
    Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center
    35 East Quay Road
    Key West, FL 33040

    Enjoy free environmentally themed documentary films on Sundays at the Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center from December 2012 through March 2013. Doors open at 1 p.m.
    2 p.m.  “Earth: the Operators’ Manual - Your Planet is Due for an Oil Change” (PBS, 53 minutes)
    4 p.m.  “Powering the Planet” (PBS, 53 minutes)

    For more information, call the movie-line at 305-809-4755.

     

    Sanctuary Advisory Council Meeting
    February 19
    Sanctuary Advisory Council Meetings and Announcements
    Hawk's Cay
    61 Hawk's Cay Boulevard
    Duck Key, FL 33050

     

    Shallow Water Wildlife and Habitat Protection Working Group Meeting
    February 20, 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
    Shallow Water Wildlife and Habitat Protection Working Group
    Marathon Garden Club
    5270 Overseas Highway
    Marathon, FL 33050

    The Sanctuary Advisory Council, working with public and community experts, is developing recommendations for changes to sanctuary marine zones and regulations. Working groups allow the advisory council to gather information from community experts, user groups, and scientists. Members of the public are invited to attend these working group meetings. Opportunities for public comment will be available.

     

    Water Quality Protection Program Steering Committee Meeting
    February 20, 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
    Water Quality Protection Program
    Marathon Government Center
    2798 Overseas Highway
    Marathon, FL 33050

    The steering committee of the Water Quality Protection Program (WQPP) meets twice a year, and meetings are open to the public. The WQPP makes recommendations on how to maintain and restore the ideal water quality needed for healthy native plant and animal populations to thrive in sanctuary waters. Presentation topics for this meeting will address canal restoration, water clarity assessments, and the effects of mosquito pesticides on non-targeted organisms.

     

    Coral Reef Ecosystem Restoration Working Group Meeting
    February 21, 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
    Coral Reef Ecosystem Restoration Working Group
    Marathon Garden Club
    5270 Overseas Highway
    Marathon, FL 33050

    The Sanctuary Advisory Council, working with public and community experts, is developing recommendations for changes to sanctuary marine zones and regulations. Working groups allow the advisory council to gather information from community experts, user groups, and scientists. Members of the public are invited to attend these working group meetings. Opportunities for public comment will be available.

     

    Nautical Flea Market
    February 23, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
    February 24, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
    Upper Keys Rotary Club 18th Annual Gigantic Nautical Flea Market
    Founders Park
    87000 Overseas Highway
    Islamorada, FL 33036

    While bargain hunting for marine equipment, apparel and art, be sure to swing by the sanctuary education booth. Admission is a suggested $5 donation to the Rotary Club scholarship fund.

    For more information, visit www.giganticnauticalfleamarket.org or call 305-712-1818.

     

    Environmental Film Series
    February 24
    Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center
    35 East Quay Road
    Key West, FL 33040

    Enjoy free environmentally themed documentary films on Sundays at the Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center from December 2012 through March 2013. Doors open at 1 p.m.
    2 p.m.  “Powering the Planet” (PBS, 53 minutes)
    4 p.m.  “Energy Quest USA” (PBS, 40 minutes)

    For more information, call the movie-line at 305-809-4755.

  • March

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    Environmental Film Series
    March 3
    Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center 
    35 East Quay Road
    Key West, FL 33040

    Enjoy free environmentally themed documentary films on Sundays at the Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center from December 2012 through March 2013. Doors open at 1 p.m.
    2 p.m.  “Energy Quest USA” (PBS, 40 minutes)
    4 p.m.  “Hot Times in Alaska” (PBS, 58 minutes)

    For more information, call the movie-line at 305-809-4755.

     

    Spotted Eagle Ray Conservation and Research Presentation
    March 7, 7 p.m.
    Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center 
    35 East Quay Road
    Key West, FL 33040

    Come learn about spotted eagle rays and how you can help with research and conservation efforts in the sanctuary. Mote Marine Laboratory Senior Biologist Kim Hull will give a free presentation on her research on the life history, reproduction and population status of spotted eagle rays. She'll also explain how divers, snorkelers and boaters can help look for eagle ray hotspots in the Keys. Doors open at 6:45 p.m.

     

    Seafood Festival
    March 9, 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
    March 10, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
    37th Annual Original Marathon Seafood Festival
    Marathon Community Park
    200 36th Street
    Marathon, FL 33050

    Be sure to stop by the sanctuary education booth while you’re enjoying the fresh seafood, cold beverages and live entertainment of one of the largest annual events in the Florida Keys. Admission is $5. Kids under 10 are free.

    For more information, visit www.marathonseafoodfestival.com or call 800-262-7284

     

    Environmental Film Series
    March 10
    Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center 
    35 East Quay Road
    Key West, FL 33040

    Enjoy free environmentally themed documentary films on Sundays at the Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center from December 2012 through March 2013. Doors open at 1 p.m.
    2 p.m.  “Hot Times in Alaska” (PBS, 58 minutes)
    4 p.m.  “The Natural History of the Chicken” (PBS, 60 minutes)

    For more information, call the movie-line at 305-809-4755.

     

    Shallow Water Wildlife and Habitat Protection Working Group Meeting
    March 12
    Shallow Water Wildlife and Habitat Protection Working Group
    Marathon Garden Club
    5270 Overseas Highway
    Marathon, FL 33050

    The Sanctuary Advisory Council, working with public and community experts, is developing recommendations for changes to sanctuary marine zones and regulations. Working groups allow the advisory council to gather information from community experts, user groups, and scientists. Members of the public are invited to attend these working group meetings. Opportunities for public comment will be available.

     

    Coral Reef Ecosystem Restoration Working Group Meeting
    March 13
    Coral Reef Ecosystem Restoration Working Group
    Marathon Garden Club
    5270 Overseas Highway
    Marathon, FL 33050

    The Sanctuary Advisory Council, working with public and community experts, is developing recommendations for changes to sanctuary marine zones and regulations. Working groups allow the advisory council to gather information from community experts, user groups, and scientists. Members of the public are invited to attend these working group meetings. Opportunities for public comment will be available.

     

    Ecosystem Protection: Ecological Reserves, Preservation Areas and Wildlife Protection Working Group Meeting
    March 14
    Ecosystem Protection: Ecological Reserves, Preservation Areas and Wildlife Protection Working Group
    Marathon Garden Club
    5270 Overseas Highway
    Marathon, FL 33050

    The Sanctuary Advisory Council, working with public and community experts, is developing recommendations for changes to sanctuary marine zones and regulations. Working groups allow the advisory council to gather information from community experts, user groups, and scientists. Members of the public are invited to attend these working group meetings. Opportunities for public comment will be available.

     

    Discovery Saturday: Be A Bigfoot
    March 16, 10 a.m. - 11 a.m.
    Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center
    35 East Quay Road
    Key West, FL 33040

    Kids in kindergarten through fifth grade are invited to join the free, fun-filled Discovery Saturday at the Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center. Learn easy tips to Leave No Trace, just like bigfoot, so you can keep the sanctuary and your community beautiful, and have fun too!

    Discovery Saturday is held the third Saturday of every month. For more information, call 305-809-4750.

     

    Environmental Film Series
    March 17
    Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center 
    35 East Quay Road
    Key West, FL 33040

    Enjoy free environmentally themed documentary films on Sundays at the Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center from December 2012 through March 2013. Doors open at 1 p.m.
    2 p.m.  “The Natural History of the Chicken” (PBS, 60 minutes)
    4 p.m.  “Chemerical” (Andrew Nisker, 75 minutes)

    For more information, call the movie-line at 305-809-4755.

     

    Boating Skills and Seamanship Course
    March 23-24
    9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
    U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 13-08
    Silver Shores Clubhouse
    9600 Overseas Highway
    Key Largo, FL 33037

    Sign up for the course and learn boating rules, course charting, safety equipment, boat handling, and other safe boating skills. Individuals who successfully complete the course and exam are eligible for the Florida Boating Safety Education ID Card. Registration fee is $45 per person, or $70 for two people sharing materials

    For more information, contact Jim Marcotte at 850-291-6895 or C131A@bellsouth.net.

     

    Environmental Film Series
    March 24
    Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center 
    35 East Quay Road
    Key West, FL 33040

    Enjoy free environmentally themed documentary films on Sundays at the Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center from December 2012 through March 2013. Doors open at 1 p.m.
    2 p.m.  “Chemerical” (Andrew Nisker, 75 minutes)
    4 p.m.  “Ocean Frontiers” (Green Fire Productions, 80 minutes)

    For more information, call the movie-line at 305-809-4755.

     

    Ocean Festival
    March 30
    4th Annual Mote Marine Laboratory Florida Keys Ocean Festival
    Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center
    35 East Quay Road
    Key West, FL 33040

    Celebrate all things ocean at this family-friendly festival of the marine environment. Visit the educational booths of local conservation organizations, get your hands wet in a marine touch tank, and take a break from the heat inside the Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center. Admission is free.

    For more information, visit www.keysoceanfest.org.

     

    Environmental Film Series
    March 31
    Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center 
    35 East Quay Road
    Key West, FL 33040

    Enjoy free environmentally themed documentary films on Sundays at the Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center from December 2012 through March 2013. Doors open at 1 p.m.
    2 p.m.  “Ocean Frontiers” (Green Fire Productions, 80 minutes)
    4 p.m.  “1421: The Year China Discovered America” (PBS, 114 minutes)

    For more information, call the movie-line at 305-809-4755.

  • April

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    Shallow Water Wildlife and Habitat Protection Working Group Meeting
    April 2
    Shallow Water Wildlife and Habitat Protection Working Group
    Marathon Garden Club
    5270 Overseas Highway
    Marathon, FL 33050

    The Sanctuary Advisory Council, working with public and community experts, is developing recommendations for changes to sanctuary marine zones and regulations. Working groups allow the advisory council to gather information from community experts, user groups, and scientists. Members of the public are invited to attend these working group meetings. Opportunities for public comment will be available.

     

    Coral Reef Ecosystem Restoration Working Group Meeting
    April 3
    Coral Reef Ecosystem Restoration Working Group
    Marathon Garden Club
    5270 Overseas Highway
    Marathon, FL 33050

    The Sanctuary Advisory Council, working with public and community experts, is developing recommendations for changes to sanctuary marine zones and regulations. Working groups allow the advisory council to gather information from community experts, user groups, and scientists. Members of the public are invited to attend these working group meetings. Opportunities for public comment will be available.

     

    Ecosystem Protection: Ecological Reserves, Preservation Areas and Wildlife Protection Working Group Meeting
    April 4
    Ecosystem Protection: Ecological Reserves, Preservation Areas and Wildlife Protection Working Group
    Marathon Garden Club
    5270 Overseas Highway
    Marathon, FL 33050

    The Sanctuary Advisory Council, working with public and community experts, is developing recommendations for changes to sanctuary marine zones and regulations. Working groups allow the advisory council to gather information from community experts, user groups, and scientists. Members of the public are invited to attend these working group meetings. Opportunities for public comment will be available.

     

    Key Largo Hammock Botanical State Park Native Plant Day &
    Earth Day Celebration
    April 6, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
    John Pennekamp State Park
    U.S. 1 Mile Marker 102.5
    Key Largo, Florida 33037

    Learn about importance of native plants and celebrate Earth Day as nursery volunteers from Dagny Johnson Key Largo Hammock teach how to propagate and care for native plants, and how to plant butterfly gardens. Native plants, raised by the nursery volunteers, will be given to Key Largo residents. Be sure to stop by the Sanctuary education booth.

     

    Sanctuary Advisory Council Meeting
    April 16, 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
    Sanctuary Advisory Council Meetings and Announcements
    Hawk's Cay
    61 Hawk's Cay Boulevard
    Duck Key, FL 33050

     

    Earth Day Celebration
    April 20, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
    Bahia Honda State Park
    36850 Overseas Highway
    Big Pine Key, FL 33043

    Come celebrate Earth Day by the beach! This fun-filled day features live music, face painting, a puppet show, sand sculpture contest, fish printing and more. Stop by the sanctuary booth or any number of educational exhibitors to learn about the environment of the Florida Keys. Park admission fees apply.

     

    Earth Day Movie Festival
    April 20
    Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center 
    35 East Quay Road
    Key West, FL 33040

    To celebrate Earth Day, the Sanctuary will show a series of six, ocean-themed short films highlighting ocean climate, energy and biodiversity. The films, produced by the World Ocean Observatory and Compass Light Films, will be shown at the top of the hour from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission to the Eco-Discovery Center is free.  

    10 a.m. “Ocean Day: The Copenhagen Climate Talks”
    11 a.m. “Acid Test: The Global Challenge of Ocean Acidification”
    12 p.m. “Exploring Bloody Wall”
    1 p.m. “Census of Marine Life: Approach & Findings”
    2 p.m. “Ocean Energy Innovators”
    3 p.m. “Dark Horizon”

     

    Discovery Saturday: Turtle Talk
    April 20, 10 a.m. - 11 a.m.
    Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center
    35 East Quay Road
    Key West, FL 33040

    Kids in kindergarten through fifth grade are invited to join the free, fun-filled Discovery Saturday at the Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center. Play a game of turtle hurdles with your friends and make your own sea turtle puppet while learning about these fascinating marine animals.

    Discovery Saturday is held the third Saturday of every month. For more information, call 305-809-4750.

     

    Boating Skills and Seamanship Course
    April 27-28
    9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
    U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 13-08
    Key Largo Library
    101485 Overseas Hwy
    Tradewinds Shopping Center (MM101)
    Key Largo, FL 33037

    Sign up for the course and learn boating rules, course charting, safety equipment, boat handling, and other safe boating skills. Individuals who successfully complete the course and exam are eligible for the Florida Boating Safety Education ID Card. Registration fee is $45 per person, or $70 for two people sharing materials

    For more information, contact Jim Marcotte at 850-291-6895 or C131A@bellsouth.net.

     

    Shallow Water Wildlife and Habitat Protection Working Group Meeting
    April 30
    Shallow Water Wildlife and Habitat Protection Working Group
    Marathon Garden Club
    5270 Overseas Highway
    Marathon, FL 33050

    The Sanctuary Advisory Council, working with public and community experts, is developing recommendations for changes to sanctuary marine zones and regulations. Working groups allow the advisory council to gather information from community experts, user groups, and scientists. Members of the public are invited to attend these working group meetings. Opportunities for public comment will be available.

  • May

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    Coral Reef Ecosystem Restoration Working Group Meeting
    May 1
    Coral Reef Ecosystem Restoration Working Group
    Marathon Garden Club
    5270 Overseas Highway
    Marathon, FL 33050

    The Sanctuary Advisory Council, working with public and community experts, is developing recommendations for changes to sanctuary marine zones and regulations. Working groups allow the advisory council to gather information from community experts, user groups, and scientists. Members of the public are invited to attend these working group meetings. Opportunities for public comment will be available.

     

    Ecosystem Protection: Ecological Reserves, Preservation Areas and Wildlife Protection Working Group Meeting
    May 2
    Ecosystem Protection: Ecological Reserves, Preservation Areas and Wildlife Protection Working Group
    Marathon Garden Club
    5270 Overseas Highway
    Marathon, FL 33050

    The Sanctuary Advisory Council, working with public and community experts, is developing recommendations for changes to sanctuary marine zones and regulations. Working groups allow the advisory council to gather information from community experts, user groups, and scientists. Members of the public are invited to attend these working group meetings. Opportunities for public comment will be available.

     

    Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER) Training
    May 11, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
    Marathon Government Center
    Emergency Operations Center
    2798 Overseas Highway
    Marathon, FL 33050

    Want to become a Monroe County volunteer trained to assist emergency responders during major pollution incidents? Then sign up for this day-long training class sponsored by the U.S. Coast Guard, Coast Guard Auxiliary and Monroe County Emergency Management. A certificate of completion will be awarded at the end of the course.

    To register or for more information, contact keys.volunteers@yahoo.com or 888-470-5566 ext. 4.

     

    Discovery Saturday: Humongous Hurricanes
    May 18, 10 a.m. - 11 a.m.
    Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center
    35 East Quay Road
    Key West, FL 33040

    Kids in kindergarten through fifth grade are invited to join the free, fun-filled Discovery Saturday at the Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center. Play hurricane bingo, dance to the movement of a hurricane, and make a weather plane.

    Discovery Saturday is held the third Saturday of every month. For more information, call 305-809-4750.

     

    Shallow Water Wildlife and Habitat Protection Working Group Meeting
    May 21
    Shallow Water Wildlife and Habitat Protection Working Group
    Marathon Garden Club
    5270 Overseas Highway
    Marathon, FL 33050

    The Sanctuary Advisory Council, working with public and community experts, is developing recommendations for changes to sanctuary marine zones and regulations. Working groups allow the advisory council to gather information from community experts, user groups, and scientists. Members of the public are invited to attend these working group meetings. Opportunities for public comment will be available.

     

    Coral Reef Ecosystem Restoration Working Group Meeting
    May 22
    Coral Reef Ecosystem Restoration Working Group
    Marathon Garden Club
    5270 Overseas Highway
    Marathon, FL 33050

    The Sanctuary Advisory Council, working with public and community experts, is developing recommendations for changes to sanctuary marine zones and regulations. Working groups allow the advisory council to gather information from community experts, user groups, and scientists. Members of the public are invited to attend these working group meetings. Opportunities for public comment will be available.

     

    Ecosystem Protection: Ecological Reserves, Preservation Areas and Wildlife Protection Working Group Meeting
    May 23
    Ecosystem Protection: Ecological Reserves, Preservation Areas and Wildlife Protection Working Group
    Marathon Garden Club
    5270 Overseas Highway
    Marathon, FL 33050

    The Sanctuary Advisory Council, working with public and community experts, is developing recommendations for changes to sanctuary marine zones and regulations. Working groups allow the advisory council to gather information from community experts, user groups, and scientists. Members of the public are invited to attend these working group meetings. Opportunities for public comment will be available.

  • June

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    Lionfish Safe Collection and Handling Workshop
    June 4, 6:30 p.m.
    Reef Environmental Education Foundation
    98300 Overseas Highway
    Key Largo, FL 33037

    Training workshops are free and cover the history of the lionfish invasion, ecological impacts, and recommended collection, handling and filleting techniques. Completion of a sanctuary-endorsed training is a required to apply for a permit to remove lionfish from Sanctuary Preservation Areas with hand nets. Register online for a training workshop.

     

    Shallow Water Wildlife and Habitat Protection Working Group Meeting
    June 11
    Shallow Water Wildlife and Habitat Protection Working Group
    Marathon Garden Club
    5270 Overseas Highway
    Marathon, FL 33050

    The Sanctuary Advisory Council, working with public and community experts, is developing recommendations for changes to sanctuary marine zones and regulations. Working groups allow the advisory council to gather information from community experts, user groups, and scientists. Members of the public are invited to attend these working group meetings. Opportunities for public comment will be available.

     

    Coral Reef Ecosystem Restoration Working Group Meeting
    June 12
    Coral Reef Ecosystem Restoration Working Group
    Marathon Garden Club
    5270 Overseas Highway
    Marathon, FL 33050

    The Sanctuary Advisory Council, working with public and community experts, is developing recommendations for changes to sanctuary marine zones and regulations. Working groups allow the advisory council to gather information from community experts, user groups, and scientists. Members of the public are invited to attend these working group meetings. Opportunities for public comment will be available.

     

    Ecosystem Protection: Ecological Reserves, Preservation Areas and Wildlife Protection Working Group Meeting
    June 13
    Ecosystem Protection: Ecological Reserves, Preservation Areas and Wildlife Protection Working Group
    Marathon Garden Club
    5270 Overseas Highway
    Marathon, FL 33050

    The Sanctuary Advisory Council, working with public and community experts, is developing recommendations for changes to sanctuary marine zones and regulations. Working groups allow the advisory council to gather information from community experts, user groups, and scientists. Members of the public are invited to attend these working group meetings. Opportunities for public comment will be available.

     

    Discovery Saturday: Guard the Fort
    June 15, 10 a.m. - 11 a.m.
    Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center
    35 East Quay Road
    Key West, FL 33040

    Kids in kindergarten through fifth grade are invited to join the free, fun-filled Discovery Saturday at the Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center. Play games and make crafts while learning about the rich history of the Florida Keys and Ft. Jefferson’s role in the Civil War.

    Discovery Saturday is held the third Saturday of every month. For more information, call 305-809-4750.

     

    Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER) Training
    June 15, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
    Harvey Government Center
    1200 Truman Ave.
    Key West, FL 33040

    Want to become a Monroe County volunteer trained to assist emergency responders during major pollution incidents? Then sign up for this day-long training class sponsored by the U.S. Coast Guard, Coast Guard Auxiliary and Monroe County Emergency Management. A certificate of completion will be awarded at the end of the course.

    To register or for more information, contact keys.volunteers@yahoo.com or 888-470-5566 ext. 4.

     

    Lionfish Safe Collection and Handling Workshop
    June 20, 7 p.m.
    Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center
    35 East Quay Rd.
    Key West, FL 33040

    Training workshops are free and cover the history of the lionfish invasion, ecological impacts, and recommended collection, handling and filleting techniques. Completion of a sanctuary-endorsed training is a required to apply for a permit to remove lionfish from Sanctuary Preservation Areas with handnets.

     

    Viva Florida 500: Cemetery Resource Protection Training
    June 20, 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
    Florida Public Archaeology Network
    Historic Florida Keys Foundation
    Old City Hall
    510 Greene Street
    Key West, FL 33040

    Join the Florida Public Archaeology Network to explore cemetery care and protection. Learn about cemeteries as historical resources, appropriate conservation techniques and practice headstone cleaning and Historic Key West Cemetery. Registration is $15. Register by contacting Michele Williams mwill167@fau.edu.

    Viva Florida 500 is a year-long statewide initiative by the Florida Department of State highlighting 500 years of history since the arrival of Juan Ponce de León to the land he named La Florida in 1513.

     

    Viva Florida 500: The Hidden History of the Dry Tortugas
    June 21
    Florida Public Archaeology Network
    Dry Tortugas National Park

    Learn about the archaeological history of Dry Tortugas National Park during a special day-trip to the historic fort located 70 miles west of Key West. Contact the Yankee Freedom national park ferry for boat reservations at 305-294-7009.

    Viva Florida 500 is a year-long statewide initiative by the Florida Department of State highlighting 500 years of history since the arrival of Juan Ponce de León to the land he named La Florida in 1513.

     

    Viva Florida 500: Archaeology Lecture Series
    June 22, 1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
    Florida Public Archaeology Network
    Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center
    35 East Quay Road
    Key West, FL 33040

    “Las Tortugas in the Age of Sail” - Melissa Memory, National Park Service

    “Mysteries and Medicines in 1513” - Michele Williams, Florida Public Archeology Network

    “Echoes of the Past: Historic Graffiti at Fort Jefferson” - Sarah Nohe, Florida Public Archaeology Network

    “Archaeology of the Dry Tortugas in 10 Objects” - Sarah Miller, Florida Public Archaeology Network

    “Archaeological Surveys of New Ground Reef and the Slave Ship Henrietta Marie” - Corey Malcolm, Mel Fischer Maritime Heritage Society

    Viva Florida 500 is a year-long statewide initiative by the Florida Department of State highlighting 500 years of history since the arrival of Juan Ponce de León to the land he named La Florida in 1513.

     

    Viva Florida 500: Pickles Reef Wreck Lecture
    June 29, 7 p.m.
    Maritime Archaeological and Historical Society
    Key Largo Library
    101485 Overseas Hwy  
    Key Largo, FL 33037

    The public is invited to attend a lecture by Steve Anthony, president of the Maritime Archaeological and Historical Society, on the research and archaeological surveys of an unidentified shipwreck at Pickles Reef off Key Largo. The wreck, locally referred to as Gear Wreck or Barrel Wreck, is a shallow water site featuring the solidified remains of concrete once contained in wooden barrels.

    Viva Florida 500 is a year-long statewide initiative by the Florida Department of State highlighting 500 years of history since the arrival of Juan Ponce de León to the land he named La Florida in 1513.

  • July

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    Sanctuary Advisory Council Meeting
    July 9, 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
    Sanctuary Advisory Council Meetings and Announcements
    Islander Resort and Conference Center
    Mile Marker 82.1 Oceanside
    Islamorada, FL 33036

     

    Water Quality Protection Program steering committee meeting
    July 10, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
    Water Quality Protection Program 
    Marathon Government Center
    2798 Overseas Highway
    Marathon, FL 33050

    The steering committee of the Water Quality Protection Program (WQPP) meets twice a year, and meetings are open to the public. The WQPP makes recommendations on how to maintain and restore the ideal water quality needed for healthy native plant and animal populations to thrive in sanctuary waters. Presentation topics for this meeting will address canal restoration, water clarity assessments, and the effects of mosquito pesticides on non-targeted organisms. 

     

    Lionfish Safe Collection and Handling Workshop
    July 10, 6:30 p.m.
    Reef Environmental Education Foundation
    98300 Overseas Highway
    Key Largo, FL 33037

    Training workshops are free and cover the history of the lionfish invasion, ecological impacts, and recommended collection, handling and filleting techniques. Completion of a sanctuary-endorsed training is a required to apply for a permit to remove lionfish from Sanctuary Preservation Areas with hand nets. Register online for a training workshop.

     

    Ecosystem Protection: Ecological Reserves, Preservation Areas and Wildlife Protection Working Group Meeting
    July 11
    Ecosystem Protection: Ecological Reserves, Preservation Areas and Wildlife Protection Working Group
    Marathon Garden Club
    5270 Overseas Highway
    Marathon, FL 33050

    The Sanctuary Advisory Council, working with public and community experts, is developing recommendations for changes to sanctuary marine zones and regulations. Working groups allow the advisory council to gather information from community experts, user groups, and scientists. Members of the public are invited to attend these working group meetings. Opportunities for public comment will be available.

     

    Lobster Informational Booth
    July 19-23, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
    Florida Keys Visitor Center
    106240 Overseas Highway
    Key Largo, FL 33037

    In advance of the two-day lobster sport season, Sanctuary, FWC and other local organizations will be providing information on lobster regulations at their annual lobster informational booth. Stop by the booth to pick up a copy of the Monroe County Recreational Lobster Regulations brochure, and learn about measuring lobsters, catch limits and special no-take marine zones.

     

    Revive Your Dive
    July 20-21
    Florida Keys Visitor Center
    106240 Overseas Highway
    Key Largo, FL 33037

    Reef Ministries and several upper Keys dive operators are promoting safe diving during Lobster Sport Season by offering free fitness assessments, gear checks and scuba reviews. Divers who register in advance may receive a free PADI Scuba Review course, free fitness-to-dive consultation from Divers Alert Network medics, free scuba equipment inspection, and a free boat safety check from the Coast Guard Auxiliary. Participants must be certified divers accredited by a national or international scuba training agency. Sign up for this event online.

     

    Discovery Saturday: Mama Manatee
    July 20, 10 a.m. - 11 a.m.
    Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center
    35 East Quay Road
    Key West, FL 33040

    Kids in kindergarten through fifth grade are invited to join the free, fun-filled Discovery Saturday at the Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center. Play Mama Manatee Memory, tell a story with your manatee puppet, and make your very own binoculars!

    Discovery Saturday is held the third Saturday of every month. For more information, call 305-809-4750.

     

    Lobster Information Booth
    July 23, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
    Bahia Honda State Park
    36850 Overseas Highway
    Big Pine Key, FL 33043

    The day before Lobster Sport Season, Sanctuary staff will be available at the Bahia Honda State Park boat ramp to answer questions and distribute charts and lobster brochures.

     

    Two-day Marathon Lionfish Tournament
    July 27-28
    Sanctuary Friends Foundation of the Florida Keys
    Captain Hooks Marina and Dive Center
    11833 Overseas Highway
    Marathon, FL 33050

    Sanctuary Friends Foundation of the Florida Keys is hosting its Second Annual Two-Day Marathon Lionfish Tournament. Registration is $100 per team, and includes a lionfish tasting and awards dinner. For more information or to register, contact Kristen Livengood at (305) 481-0685 or kristen@sanctuaryfriends.org.

     

    Ecosystem Protection: Ecological Reserves, Preservation Areas and Wildlife Protection Working Group Meeting
    July 29
    Ecosystem Protection: Ecological Reserves, Preservation Areas and Wildlife Protection Working Group
    Marathon Garden Club
    5270 Overseas Highway
    Marathon, FL 33050

    The Sanctuary Advisory Council, working with public and community experts, is developing recommendations for changes to sanctuary marine zones and regulations. Working groups allow the advisory council to gather information from community experts, user groups, and scientists. Members of the public are invited to attend these working group meetings. Opportunities for public comment will be available.

  • August

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    Florida Keys Maritime Heritage Symposium
    August 10, 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
    Mel Fisher Maritime Heritage Society
    Westin Key West Resort and Marina
    245 Front Street
    Key West, FL 33040

    Members of the public are invited to attend this free symposium organized by the Mel Fisher Maritime Heritage Society and Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. To commemorate the 500th anniversary of Ponce de Leon's history-changing Florida voyage, symposium speakers will explore the Spanish colonial period in the Keys. Admission is free and seating is first come, first served. For more information, please contact Corey Malcom at 305-294-2633, ext 22.

     

    Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER) Training
    August 15, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
    History of Diving Museum
    82990 Overseas Highway
    Islamorada, FL 33036

    Want to become a Monroe County volunteer trained to assist emergency responders during major pollution incidents? Then sign up for this day-long training class sponsored by the U.S. Coast Guard, Coast Guard Auxiliary and Monroe County Emergency Management. A certificate of completion will be awarded at the end of the course.

    To register or for more information, contact keys.volunteers@yahoo.com or 888-470-5566 ext. 4.

     

    Discovery Saturday: Crazy for Crocs
    August 17, 10 a.m. - 11 a.m.
    Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center
    35 East Quay Road
    Key West, FL 33040

    Kids in kindergarten through fifth grade are invited to join the free, fun-filled Discovery Saturday at the Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center. Create a pine cone crocodile, find out how crocs are different from gators, and play Hungry Hungry Crocodile!

    Discovery Saturday is held the third Saturday of every month. For more information, call 305-809-4750.

     

    Sanctuary Advisory Council Meeting
    August 20, 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
    Sanctuary Advisory Council Meetings and Announcements
    Doubletree Grand Key Resort
    3990 South Roosevelt Boulevard
    Key West, FL 33040

  • September

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    Discovery Saturday: Feathered Friends
    September 14, 10 a.m. - 11 a.m.
    Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center
    35 East Quay Road
    Key West, FL 33040

    Kids in kindergarten through fifth grade are invited to join the free, fun-filled Discovery Saturday at the Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center. Design your own Feathered Friend to learn how birds use camouflage to hide in their habitat, play Bird Beaks, and make a bird feeder!

    Discovery Saturday is held the third Saturday of every month. For more information, call 305-809-4750.

     

    REEF Florida Keys Lionfish Derby
    September 14
    John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park
    102601 Overseas Highway
    Key Largo, FL 33037

    Reef Environmental Education Foundation hosts the fourth annual Florida Keys lionfish derby with more than $3,500 in cash and prizes to be awarded for largest, smallest and most lionfish caught. Mandatory captains' meeting will be held the evening before the derby. Rules, registration and more information is available on REEF website or by calling 305-852-0030.

     

    International Coastal Cleanup
    September 21
    International Coastal Cleanup

    Marine debris is a threat to marine life and the habitats in which they live not only in the Florida Keys, but around the world. Search for a 28th annual International Coastal Cleanup event near you at signuptocleanup.org and join the world’s largest single-day volunteer marine debris cleanup effort.

     

    Ecosystem Protection Working Group Meeting: Middle Keys Regional Input
    September 23, 5 p.m. - 8 p.m.
    Ecosystem Protection: Ecological Reserves, Preservation Areas and Wildlife Protection Working Group
    Key Colony Beach City Hall
    600 West Ocean Drive
    Key Colony Beach, FL 33051

    As part of the Sanctuary’s Marine Zoning and Regulatory Review, the Ecosystem Protection working group of the Sanctuary Advisory Council is holding public meetings throughout the Keys to facilitate information exchange about the working group process and solicit region and site-specific input from sanctuary users. This meeting will address sanctuary waters of the middle Keys.

     

    Ecosystem Protection Working Group Meeting: Upper Keys Regional Input
    September 24, 5 p.m. - 8 p.m.
    Ecosystem Protection: Ecological Reserves, Preservation Areas and Wildlife Protection Working Group
    Hilton Key Largo Resort
    97000 Overseas Highway 
    Key Largo, FL 33037

    As part of the Sanctuary’s Marine Zoning and Regulatory Review, the Ecosystem Protection working group of the Sanctuary Advisory Council is holding public meetings throughout the Keys to facilitate information exchange about the working group process and solicit region and site-specific input from sanctuary users. This meeting will address sanctuary waters of the upper Keys.

     

    Florida Keys Birding and Wildlife Festival
    September 24 - 29
    15th Annual Florida Keys Birding and Wildlife Festival 

    Now in its 15th year, the festival offers a variety of programs, field trips, workshops and speakers guaranteed to enthrall nature lovers of all ages. Festival activities span the length of the island chain, from Key Largo to the Dry Tortugas, and give participants a unique perspective on the terrestrial and marine habitats of this subtropical paradise. Times and locations vary for the different events.

     

    Ecosystem Protection Working Group Meeting: Lower Keys Regional Input
    September 25, 5 p.m. - 8 p.m.
    Ecosystem Protection: Ecological Reserves, Preservation Areas and Wildlife Protection Working Group
    Doubletree Grand Key Resort
    3990 South Roosevelt Boulevard
    Key West, FL 33040

    As part of the Sanctuary’s Marine Zoning and Regulatory Review, the Ecosystem Protection working group of the Sanctuary Advisory Council is holding public meetings throughout the Keys to facilitate information exchange about the working group process and solicit region and site-specific input from sanctuary users. This meeting will address sanctuary waters of the lower Keys.

     

    Ecosystem Protection Working Group Meeting: Marquesas & Tortugas Regional Input
    September 26, 5 p.m. - 8 p.m.
    Ecosystem Protection: Ecological Reserves, Preservation Areas and Wildlife Protection Working Group
    Doubletree Grand Key Resort
    3990 South Roosevelt Boulevard
    Key West, FL 33040

    As part of the Sanctuary’s Marine Zoning and Regulatory Review, the Ecosystem Protection working group of the Sanctuary Advisory Council is holding public meetings throughout the Keys to facilitate information exchange about the working group process and solicit region and site-specific input from sanctuary users. This meeting will address sanctuary waters of the Marquesas and Tortugas region.

     

    Curry Hammock Wildlife Fair
    September 28, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
    15th Annual Florida Keys Birding and Wildlife Festival
    Curry Hammock State Park
    56200 Overseas Highway
    Marathon, Florida 33050

    This free, full-filled day is part of the 15th Annual Florida Keys Birding and Wildlife Festival, and features a scavenger hunt, kids’ activities, guided beach walk, self-guided kayak tours, and dozens of booths by local resource management agencies, non-profits, artists and more

     

    Ecosystem Protection Working Group Meeting
    September 30, time TBD
    Ecosystem Protection: Ecological Reserves, Preservation Areas and Wildlife Protection Working Group
    Marathon Garden Club
    5270 Overseas Highway
    Marathon, FL 33050

    As part of the Sanctuary’s Marine Zoning and Regulatory Review, the Ecosystem Protection working group of the Sanctuary Advisory Council will discuss public input received during regional meetings, and finalize recommendations which will be given to the Sanctuary Advisory Council at its October 15 meeting in Islamorada.

  • October

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    Sanctuary Advisory Council Meeting - * Canceled due to government shut-down *
    October 15, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    Sanctuary Advisory Council Meetings and Announcements
    Islander Resort and Conference Center
    Mile Marker 82.1, oceanside
    Islamorada, FL 33036

     

    Discovery Saturday: Fantasy Fish
    October 19, 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
    Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center
    35 East Quay Road
    Key West, FL 33040

    Kids in kindergarten through fifth grade are invited to join the free, fun-filled Discovery Saturday at the Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center. Make believe you are a sea creature, create your own coral reef, and discover fun facts about the Queen Conch!

    Discovery Saturday is held the third Saturday of every month. For more information, call 305-809-4750.

  • November

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    Florida Keys Community College Community Day
    November 9, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
    FKCC’s Key West Campus
    5901 College Road
    Key West, FL 33040

    Visit the sanctuary booth at the FKCC 2nd Annual Community Day. The free event features academic showcases, health fair, salute to veterans, local entertainers, children’s activities, bounce house, arts and crafts vendors, FKCC alumni recognition and community exhibits.

     

    Discovery Saturday: Magical Mangroves
    November 16, 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
    Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center
    35 East Quay Road
    Key West, FL 33040

    Kids in kindergarten through fifth grade are invited to join the free, fun-filled Discovery Saturday at the Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center. Discover and learn about mangrove trees and the critters that call them home while having fun playing games and craft projects.

    Discovery Saturday is held the third Saturday of every month. For more information, call 305-809-4750.

     

    Sanctuary Advisory Council Public Information Session
    November 19, 2:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
    Marine Zoning and Regulatory Review
    Doubletree Grand Key Resort
    3990 South Roosevelt Boulevard
    Key West, FL 33040
    * These meetings will be rescheduled: new dates and locations will be posted as soon as they are available. *

     

    Sanctuary Advisory Council Public Information Session
    November 20, 2:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
    Marine Zoning and Regulatory Review
    Hawks Cay Resort
    61 Hawks Cay Boulevard
    Duck Key, FL 33050
    * These meetings will be rescheduled: new dates and locations will be posted as soon as they are available. *

     

    Key West Sail and Power Squadron Education Night
    November 20
    Doors open at 6:00 p.m., Speaker from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
    Key West Sail and Power Squadron Building
    5205 College Road
    Key West, FL 33040

    Join guest speaker, Todd Hitchins, Sanctuary Education Specialist, at the Key West Sail and Power Squadron Education Night. Todd will be presenting Sanctuary 101 about the natural and cultural resources of the sanctuary and boating skills.

     

    Sanctuary Advisory Council Public Information Session
    November 21, 2:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
    Marine Zoning and Regulatory Review
    Hilton Key Largo Resort
    97000 Overseas Hwy. 
    Key Largo, FL 33037
    * These meetings will be rescheduled: new dates and locations will be posted as soon as they are available. *

     

    U.S. Power Squadron America's Boating Course®
    November 23 and 24, starting at 8:30 a.m.
    Key West Sail and Power Squadron Building
    5205 College Road
    Key West, FL 33040

    Key West Sail and Power Squadron will be offering the America’s Boating Course to promote public awareness of the dangers on the water and to teach safe and proper boat handling skills including boat handling and elementary seamanship, boat registration, equipment, regulations and safe operation, aids to navigation, charting, and weather, navigation rules, marine radios, and trailer boating, and Florida boating rules and regulations. A $55 fee is charged to cover course expenses. Instruction is given by certified volunteers from the Key West Sail & Power Squadron. It runs for six two hour sessions with a proctored exam during the last session. After passing the exam, students have completed State of Florida requirements as well as requirements of most other states. The course is open to everyone, from teenagers upwards.

    For more information call Tim Bergin at 305-304-7247 or tsbergin@aol.com

    Pre-register at http://www.usps.org/cgi-bin-nat/eddept/getregform.cgi?B-14309

  • December

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    US Coast Guard Auxiliary Boating Skills & Seamanship Course
    December 2 - December 18 (3 week course on Mondays and Wednesdays)
    7:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
    U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 13-03
    Habitat for Humanity Building, 2nd Floor Conference Room
    30320 Overseas Highway
    Big Pine Key, FL
    Mile Marker 30.5, oceanside

    Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 13-03, Big Pine Key, is offering a Boating Skills and Seamanship class. Topics include nautical highway signs, rules of the road, navigation, course charting, boat handling, equipment, radio procedures and other safe boating skills. This is an approved boating safety program which qualifies students, successfully completing the course, to receive the Florida Boating Safety Education ID card. The cost of the program is $55 per person, materials included, and $80 per couple with shared materials. For more information, please visit U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 13-03 and select “Boating Safety Classes” from the list on the left hand side of the screen.

    Additionally, the Flotilla is offering scholarships for Monroe county students, ages 14 to 18. To download an online scholarship application, please visit U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 13-03, and select “Boating Safety Scholarship.”

    For registration, please contact: Phil “Doc” Stern at (305)453-6492 or at USCGAUXClassReg@gmail.com, or Bob Eichholtz at 305-872-7505 or at auxbob@bellsouth.net.

     

    Sanctuary Advisory Council
    December 10, 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
    Sanctuary Advisory Council Meetings and Announcements
    Islander Resort and Conference Center
    Mile Marker 82.1, oceanside
    Islamorada, FL 33036

    Watch a live stream of the meeting by clicking here: http://keysnews.com/sanctuaryadvisorycouncil

    Draft Agenda (pdf, 22 kb)

     

    US Coast Guard Auxiliary Boating Skills & Seamanship Course
    Saturday, December 14 and Sunday, December 15
    9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 13-08
    History of Diving Museum
    82990 Overseas Highway
    Islamorada, FL
    Mile Marker 83, bayside

    Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 13-08, is offering a Boating Skills and Seamanship class. Topics include nautical highway signs, rules of the road, navigation, course charting, boat handling, equipment, radio procedures and other safe boating skills. This is an approved boating safety program which qualifies students, successfully completing the course, to receive the Florida Boating Safety Education ID card. The cost of the program is $45 per person, materials included.

    Participants must be registered to attend. To register, contact Jim Marcotte at jamestmarcotte@gmail.com or at 850-291-6895.

     

    Discovery Saturday: Rascally Wreckers
    December 21, 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
    Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center
    35 East Quay Road
    Key West, FL 33040

    Kids in kindergarten through fifth grade are invited to join the free, fun-filled Discovery Saturday at the Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center. Play games and make crafts while learning about pirates, shipwrecks, lighthouses, and wreckers.

    Discovery Saturday is held the third Saturday of every month. For more information, call 305-809-4750.