Date 07/13/2012

Recently signed into law, the RESTORE Act will help rebuild the Gulf Region’s ecosystems and economy

Florida’s leading conservation advocacy organizations are coming together with U.S. Senator Bill Nelson in Tampa Monday to talk about the RESTORE Act, which recently passed Congress as part of the Transportation Bill and was signed into law by the President.  Nelson and representatives from Florida Audubon, Florida Wildlife Federation, The Nature Conservancy and others will talk about what RESTORE could mean for Florida, and the next steps in implementing this law.

WHAT: Press Conference on the RESTORE Act and its impact on restoration efforts in the Gulf 
WHEN: Monday, July 16, 2012 11:00 a.m. ET
WHERE: The Florida Aquarium, 701 Channelside Drive, Tampa, FL 33602, (813) 273-4000
WHO: The Honorable Bill Nelson, U S Senator State of Florida
  Manley Fuller, President Florida Wildlife Federation
  Julie Wraithmell,  Director of Wildlife Conservation,  Audubon  Florida
  Jenny Conner Nelms, Director of Federal Gov’t. Relations, The Nature Conservancy


The RESTORE Act dedicates 80 percent of the Clean Water Act fines from BP and other parties responsible for the 2010 Gulf oil disaster to restoring the Gulf Coast’s environment and economy.  Florida will receive a share of these funds, estimated to be the largest environmental appropriation in U.S. history.

In addition to restoring ecosystems and communities, a recent report by Mather Economics estimates that spending $1.5 billion per year in coastal wetland restoration would create 57,000 new jobs in the first 10 years. Funding for such projects will be made possible through the RESTORE Act. These jobs will not only rejuvenate an ailing economy but also revitalize our valuable natural resources.

If you would like to attend please contact Jay Liles at 850/294-5004 or email him at  Space is limited and RSVP is required for entrance to the press event.
The Florida Aquarium’s address is: 701 Channelside Dr., Tampa, FL 33602
-  Guest are invited to park at The Florida Aquarium’s parking lot located at the intersection of York Street and Channelside Drive
-  Please tell the attendant that you are here for the press conference - there will be no parking fee  
-  Please enter the Aquarium through the business office (located directly behind the large Manta Ray statue at the front of the Aquarium) and check in with the security office

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