Florida residents everywhere have come together to rebuild communities after Hurricane Irma. Did you know that Florida’s coral reefs also played a part in protecting our state? Coral reef structures behave as a buffer against storms that cause large waves and flooding. Without them, the Florida Keys and coastlines could have seen even more damage.
Let us celebrate Florida’s coral reefs by attending Mote’s 8th annual Key West Ocean Fest: A Community Celebration! This will take place Saturday, April 14 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. at the Truman Waterfront Park in Key West (next to the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary’s Eco-Discovery Center), the event is free to the public, and funds raised from the event go to support Mote Marine Laboratory’s coral reef research & restoration programs. At the event, you can enjoy:
- Local Keys Art Vendors & Nonprofits
- Live Music
- Local Food & Beverage
- Live painting by renowned Marine Artist Wyland!
Children’s activities include:
- Fishing clinics
- Bounce houses
- Face painting
Visit www.moteoceanfest.org to learn more info.
How you can help coral reefs
Floridians: Drive with the Protect Our Reefs license plate (motereefplate.com) on your car or boat trailer to support coral research and restoration.
Each plate sold in the state of Florida provides a $25 donation to Mote Marine Laboratory and helps to fund coral reef research, restoration, education and conservation.
As a thank-you for your initial purchase of the Protect Our Reefs license plate, receive a FREE 24 Oz. Tervis Tumbler! Picture displays both logos on the same cup.