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State versus feds – Wildlife board questions parts of sanctuary plan

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission board, appointed by the governor and chaired by Key West businessman Robert Spottswood, recently submitted its response to...

Marine debris cleanups make an impact in the Florida Keys

In March, the “Goal: Clean Seas Florida Keys” (GCS) program released a report showing the impact of marine debris cleanups done in the Florida Keys National Marine...

BOCC, FKNMS SAC virtual meetings welcome public comment

Monroe County Board of County Commissioners Meeting Monroe County will hold the Wednesday, April 15 BOCC meeting, scheduled for Marathon, virtually to handle any items needed to move...

Marine Zones, Shoreline Speed and Water Quality, Oh My!

Because of social distancing, the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary met virtually instead of in person for its March sanctuary advisory council meeting.  “As you know, we are...

Dear Sanctuary Officials …

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Those of you involved with the proposed expansion of the Florida Keys Marine Sanctuary will likely remember I served on numerous NOAA and Coral Reef Sanctuary committees. I...
Mill McCleary

Water quality must be sanctuary’s top priority

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For 32 years, Reef Relief has fought incredibly hard to keep our reefs alive and protected through educating our community and its many visitors. Through our outreach...
holly raschein

State will have major role to play

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As a boater, diver, angler, and your state representative for the last eight years, I can think of no issue more wide-ranging in its impact than the...

Is the Sanctuary listening?

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This Sanctuary “restoration blueprint” is a fatally flawed document that is not supported by the majority of our local residents. This document did not go through an...

Do What We Can Today, To Save What We Can For Tomorrow

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So far, community response to the Restoration Blueprint proposed by the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary has been divided. At the recent community forum I attended, the...

Local group hires lobbyists to oppose sanctuary plan

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Organized opposition to the marine sanctuary’s draft management plan is gaining momentum. Having reviewed the 1997 legislation that formed the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, Key West attorney...