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Monroe County Commissioners

Danny Kohlage           District 1 Email   Phone: (305) 292-3440

George Neugent          District 2 Email   Phone: (305) 872-1678

Heather Carruthers     District 3 Email    Phone: (305) 292-3430

David Rice                  District 4 Email    Phone: (305) 289-6000

Sylvia Murphy            District 5 Email     Phone (305) 453-8787

Holly Raschein State Rep  Dist 120 Email / (305) 453-1202

Holly Raschein

State Rep  Dist 120

Email / (305) 453-1202

Anitere Flores State Senate Dist 39 Email (305) 222-4117

Anitere Flores

State Senate Dist 39

Email (305) 222-4117

Carlos Curbelo Congressman Dist 26 Email (305)292-4485

Carlos Curbelo

Congressman Dist 26

Email (305)292-4485

Bill Nelson Senator Email (202)224-5274

Bill Nelson


Email (202)224-5274

Marco Rubio Senator Email (202) 224-3041

Marco Rubio


Email (202) 224-3041


Advocacy - getting to the heart of the matter

Oh yes - it is true! Florida Bay Forever, and its engaged members  have been busy meeting, calling, phoning, and letter writing. The results? Frankly, we want instant gratification. We want policymakers to see our side of the story. We want them to say, "Right on! Let me call the Governor!" The reality? This is a slow process. The "fix" will not happen overnight but with constant pressure, constant reminders, constant contact with the people who make decisions that directly affect our Bay - we WILL make a difference. 


October 20, 2017 Post-Irma KeysNews Florida Bay Trip

October 16, 2017 Post-Irma Keys Weekly Florida Bay Trip

October 10, 2017 Met with Secretary of Interior Ryan Zinke

May 12, 2017   Engaged Treasure Village Montessori in experimental hands-on water flow demo - prompting a visit from Representative Holly Raschein

April 20, 2017    Participated in Islamorada Artwalk - bringing awareness to the issue

April 11, 2017  Rocked it at Now or Neverglades Sportfishing Day in Tallahassee, meeting policymakers and speaking up

April 5, 2017   Talking the talk at the Upper Keys Recreational Fishing Club

March 30, 2017  Presenting to Friends of the Marathon Library about what is going on and how they can help

Jan - March  Participating in ongoing meetings with Everglades Foundation to support Now or Neverglades Sportfishing Day

March 21, 2017    Gave presentation to 100 members of Upper Keys Action Network – calling to action

March 17, 2017   Gave presentation (problem and bills) to 40 members of REEF, Key Largo FL

March 17, 2017   Gave presentation (problem and bills) to 40 members of REEF, Key Largo FL

March 1, 2017   Supported Coral Shores High School Marine Science Class in crafting communication campaign with policymakers

February 23/25, 2017   Nautical Flea Market representation signing Now or Neverglades /Speak Up 2017

February 2, 2017   Attended Keys to Peace Post Card Writing Party writing postcards to legislators / handouts given

February 2, 2017    Gave presentation to Older Citizens of Monroe County Advisory Board

January 25, 2017    Supported Sandy Moret at Chamber of Commerce luncheon with Call to Action Handouts

January 19, 2017    Spread the news about what's what in the Florida Bay on Keys-wide “Girls Night Out” radio show 106.3FM

January 15, 2017  Partnered with Treasure Village Montessori science teacher Bobbi Burson / Science Fair 2016 Classroom talk

January 15 -19, 2017 Partnered with the Paradise Paint Out and the Children’s Shelter to host a plein air event in the Upper Keys

January 12, 2017  Talked till we were blue in the face at Bay Grass, Blue Grass Festival in Islamorada

December 2, 2016  Florida Bay Forever acted as Grand Marshall for the Florida Bay Forever themed Christmas parade

December 1, 2016  Partnered with Girl Scout Troop #151 to host a meet and greet with Islamorada Mayor Deb Gillis and Public Admin Officer Mary Swaney to discuss the Florida Bay

November 10 2016   Met with Dottie Moses – President of Key Largo Homeowners Association

November 6, 2016  Rallied support for NoworNeverglades Bus Tour at World Wide Sportsman

October 19, 2016  Educational Tour with Islamorada Manager and two students from Team Ocean High School Tea

October 19, 2016  Upper Keys Rotary Breakfast presentation with Dr. Steve Davis / Key Largo

October 18, 2016  Upper Keys Board of Realtors presentation / Islamorada Fishing Club

September 15, 2016  Board Members Captain Steve Friendman and Captain Xavier Figueredo become board members of Florida Keys Fishing Guides Association -  presentation on need to join Florida Bay Forever to unify Monroe County

September 2016   New member of Islamorada Chamber of Commerce

August 23, 2016  Anitere Flores    Running for State Senate District 39, tours the Florida Bay with Captain X and the Everglades Foundation

August 20 2016   Big Sugar Summit    Captain Steve Friedman is representing Florida Bay Forever and Monroe County at this event

August 16, 2016   Candidate Report Card    iguring out who in the heck is the best person for the job of keeping the Bay intact

August 15, 2016  Debbie Mucarsel-Powell    Running for State Senate District 39 tours the Florida Bay with Captain Xavier Figueredo

August 8, 2016    Letter Writing Campaign - in response to the ever so dysfunctional communication between the Army Corp and SFWMD.

July 20, 2016       Making a Statement to County Commissioners

July 19, 2016      Florida Bay Forum - hosted by yours truly in conjunction with the Everglades Foundation and FIU.

June 20, 2016    County Commissioners, Holly Raschein, Islamorada Mayor, SFWMD -  all on board two boats to witness the "dead-zone" to see the real deal and talk about solutions to get more fresh water to the Bay.

June 3, 2016      Congressman Curbelo and Staff on Board   - travelling out to see the "dead-zone" with reporters and Florida Bay Forever Crew.