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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.
June 3, 2016 Congressman Curbelo and Staff on Board - travelling out to see the "dead-zone" with reporters and Florida Bay Forever Crew.
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.
July 19, 2016 Florida Bay Forum - hosted by yours truly in conjunction with the Everglades Foundation and FIU.
July 20, 2016 Making a Statement to County Commissioners
August 8, 2016 Letter Writing Campaign - in response to the ever so dysfunctional communication between the Army Corp and SFWMD.
August 15, 2016 Debbie Mucarsel-Powell Running for State Senate District 39 tours the Florida Bay with Captain Xavier Figueredo
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 20 2016 Big Sugar Summit Captain Steve Friedman is representing Florida Bay Forever and Monroe County at this event
September 2016 New member of Islamorada Chamber of Commerce
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
October 18, 2016 Upper Keys Board of Realtors presentation / Islamorada Fishing Club
October 19, 2016 Upper Keys Rotary Breakfast presentation with Dr. Steve Davis / Key Largo
October 19, 2016 Educational Tour with Islamorada Manager and two students from Team Ocean High School Tea
November 6, 2016 Rallied support for NoworNeverglades Bus Tour at World Wide Sportsman
November 10 2016 Met with Dottie Moses – President of Key Largo Homeowners Association
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
December 2, 2016 Florida Bay Forever acted as Grand Marshall for the Florida Bay Forever themed Christmas parade
January 12, 2017 Talked till we were blue in the face at Bay Grass, Blue Grass Festival in Islamorada
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 15, 2017 Partnered with Treasure Village Montessori science teacher Bobbi Burson / Science Fair 2016 Classroom talk
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 25, 2017 Supported Sandy Moret at Chamber of Commerce luncheon with Call to Action Handouts
February 2, 2017 Gave presentation to Older Citizens of Monroe County Advisory Board
February 2, 2017 Attended Keys to Peace Post Card Writing Party writing postcards to legislators / handouts given
February 23/25, 2017 Nautical Flea Market representation signing Now or Neverglades /Speak Up 2017
March 1, 2017 Supported Coral Shores High School Marine Science Class in crafting communication campaign with policymakers
March 17, 2017 Gave presentation (problem and bills) to 40 members of REEF, Key Largo FL
March 21, 2017 Gave presentation to 100 members of Upper Keys Action Network – calling to action
Jan - March Participating in ongoing meetings with Everglades Foundation to support Now or Neverglades Sportfishing Day
March 30, 2017 Presenting to Friends of the Marathon Library about what is going on and how they can help
April 5, 2017 Talking the talk at the Upper Keys Recreational Fishing Club
April 11, 2017 Rocked it at Now or Neverglades Sportfishing Day in Tallahassee, meeting policymakers and speaking up
April 20, 2017 Participated in Islamorada Artwalk - bringing awareness to the issue
May 12, 2017 Engaged Treasure Village Montessori in experimental hands-on water flow demo - prompting a visit from Representative Holly Raschein