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News Releases for Coastal and Aquatic Managed Areas - 2004 Highlights
  • Guana-Tolomato-Matanzas receives $2 million for education center - (10/06/04) - Completion of the 20,000 square foot Environmental Education Center at Guana-Tolomato-Matanzas drew closer to reality with the contribution of $2 million in federal funds.

  • LIFE welcomes Franklin County students - (09/29/04)- Franklin County students will be visiting the Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve this week for day-long field experiments as part of Learning in Florida's Environment (LIFE).

  • Florida Celebrates Estuary Day - (09/24/04) - Florida's National Estuarine Research Reserves have planned special events for the weekend of National Estuary Day.

  • Florida expands Rookery Bay - (09/10/04) - Florida expanded Rookery Bay by purchasing some of the last available property on Cannon Island. The 24 acre parcel will be managed as part of the Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve.

  • Rookery Bay Offers Ecotour Workshops - (07/13/04) - The newly-opened Environmental Learning Center at Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve will host a series of free monthly workshops providing advice and information to the eco-tourism industry as a part of the 2004 Ecotour Operator Stewardship Series.

  • Film on Aquatic Preserves Wins National Award - (06/28/04) - Living Waters: Aquatic Preserves of Florida Won a National Telly Award at the Louis Wolfson 16th Annual Film and Television Awards in Miami.

  • Film and Photographs Brings Florida's Aquatic Preserves to Life - (06/03/04) - Living Waters: Aquatic Preserves of Florida will airing on public television across the state this month.

  • Environmental Education Expands for Franklin County Students - (06/02/04) - The Department of Environmental Protection and the Franklin County School Board partnered to launch LIFE (Learning in Florida's Environment), a field-based science program for seventh graders.  

  • Tomoka State Park expands boundaries - (05/25/04) - The Governor and Cabinet voted to add more than 400 acres to the Tomoka State Park, which is located at the convergence of Halifax and Tomoka Rivers and adjacent to the Tomoka Marsh Aquatic Preserve.

  • Florida Expands Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve - (04/29/04) - The Governor and Cabinet voted to expand Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve by acquiring some of the last available property on Cannon Island.

  • President Bush Visits Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve (04/29/04) - President Bush made a historic visit to Rookery Bay to cite the importance of protecting wetlands and marked National Volunteer Week by thanking volunteers.

  • Florida puts seal on plan to restore Indian River Lagoon - (04/07/2004) - Florida has signed off on a joint federal/state plan to protect the Indian River Lagoon. It will restore 53,000 acres of wetlands and restore natural flows to the St. Lucie and South Indian River Lagoon.

  • Florida acquires more land along the Wekiva-Ocala Greenway - (04/07/2004) - The state has acquired another 267 acres helping link the Wekiva River Aquatic Preserve and other state lands to the Ocala National Forest.

  • Rookery Bay celebrates 25 years / opens Environmental Learning Center - (03/20/2004) - Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve celebrated its 25th year in the National Estuarine Research Reserve System by opening a 16,500 square foot Environmental Learning Center.

  • Rainbow Springs gets more protection - (03/09/2004) - 365 acres were added to the Rainbow Springs State Park. The addition allows the park to provide additional facilities to visitors while protecting the shoreline from development. The Rainbow River is designated as an Aquatic Preserve and Outstanding Florida Waterway.

  • March is Seagrass Awareness Month! - (03/03/2004) - Governor Jeb Bush has recognized the importance of seagrasses by recognizing March as Seagrass Awareness Month.

  • Sea lettuce to be removed from Bishop Harbor - (02/28/2004) - The DEP has secured an agreement to have sea lettuce removed from Bishop Harbor within the Terra Ceia Aquatic Preserve.

  • Watch for the "Living Waters" documentary and art exhibit - (02/10/2004) - This documentary highlights the beauty and importance of the state's aquatic preserve. The documentary will be showing on PBS stations this spring and a related art exhibit of photographs by Clyde Butcher will be traveling to museums throughout the state.

  • Apalachicola gets funding for a new education center - (02/02/2004) - The creation of a new education center for the Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve moved closer to fruition with a contribution of $1.5 million in federal funds.

  • Guana-Tolomato-Matanzas gets funding for a new education center - (02/02/2004) - The Guana-Tolomato-Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve received $2 million to help complete its Environmental Education Center. The facility, already well underway, is expected to open next year.

  • Estero Bay gets extra protection - (02/06/2004) - The Estero Bay Aquatic Preserve gained additional protection when the cabinet unanimously decided to add 100 acres to the Estero Bay Preserve State Park. The 100 acres borders the Estero River and also protects Florida's historical treasures through its acquisition of the century old Boomer estate.

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