Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council to Meet in Marathon

Apr. 04, 2011

Media Contact:

Karrie Carnes
305-809-4700 x236



Sanctuary Advisory Council

NOAA’s Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary will hold a public meeting of the Sanctuary Advisory Council in Marathon, FL, on Tuesday, April 19. 

Items on the agenda include a discussion on 2011 goals for the Sanctuary Advisory Council at 10:30 a.m., building on the Council’s February 2010 discussion on this topic.  At 11:00 a.m., Sanctuary Superintendent Sean Morton and the Sanctuary Advisory Council will begin a discussion on “Communicating Economic Benefits of Marine Conservation and Sustainable Financing.” This discussion will continue at 12:45 p.m., after the lunch break.

At 2:30 p.m., Doug Pope of Elevated Water Resorts, LLC, and Tim Scott of Consolidated Environmental Engineering will discuss their plans for the Oceana Hotel and recreational facility, for which Elevated Water Resorts has submitted a Department of the Army permit application with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Elevated Water Resorts has proposed building the facility off the coast approximately 16 miles northwest of Key West, FL.

There will be opportunities for public comment at 10:05 a.m. and at 3:15 p.m. 

WHAT: Sanctuary Advisory Council Meeting

WHEN: April 19, 2011, 9:00 a.m.

WHERE: Marathon Garden Club, 5270 Overseas Highway, Marathon, FL 33050

WHO: NOAA’s Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary

To receive more information, or to request a meeting agenda, please contact Lilli Ferguson at 305-292-0311 or Lilli.Ferguson@noaa.gov.

Authorized in 1990 and established in 1992, the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council provides advice and recommendations on managing and protecting the sanctuary. The council has 20 representatives and alternates from community constituent groups, and 10 government agencies have non-voting representatives on the council. Serving in a voluntary capacity, the council members represent a variety of local user groups, as well as the general public.

The sanctuary was established in 1990 in recognition of the special resources found in and around the waters of the Florida Keys. NOAA and the State of Florida jointly developed a comprehensive plan to protect and manage sanctuary resources. Visit us at floridakeys.noaa.gov or on Facebook at facebook.com/floridakeysnoaagov.

NOAA’s mission is to understand and predict changes in the Earth's environment, from the depths of the ocean to the surface of the sun, and to conserve and manage our coastal and marine resources. Visit us at www.noaa.gov or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/usnoaagov.