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This June, NOAA, the Florida DEP and the USFWS are gathering public input on rules for the Florida Keys National Wildlife Sanctuary, the Key West National Wildlife Refuge and the Great White Heron National Wildlife Refuge. The Sanctuary’s focus is its’ zoning and boundary plan  which includes areas such the Ecological Preserves and Sanctuary Preservation Areas but the public can make recommendations on other issues related to it management and regulation.This is your opportunity to have a say in the future management and regulation of the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary and the backcountry management of the Florida Keys by the USFWS. Public comments are being accepted Through June 29, 2012. Comments may be submitted electronically and via mail, and during five public meetings.
Public Meetings
All meeting will ne held 4:00pm-8:00pm
June 19: Marathom, FL; Monroe County Government Center; Emergency Operations Center
June 20: Key Largo, FL; Key Largo Library
June 21: Key West, FL; Doubletree Grand Key Resort; Tortuga Ballroom
June 26: Miami, FL; Florida Internationl University; Graham University Center; room GC243
June 27: Fort Myers, FL; Joseph P. Alessandro Office Complex; Room 165C and D
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The Nature Conservancy (TNC), Save-A-Turtle, Friends and Volunteers of Refuges (FAVOR) and Reef Relief are hosting open meetings about the public scoping process, timing and opportunities to add your input in the regulatory review process.
Informational Meeting Dates:
Big Pine Key – May 1, 2012 at 7:00pm at the St. Francis in the Keys Episcopal Church, 1600 Key Deer Boulevard, Big Pine Keys.  Hosted by FAVOR and TNC.
Marathon – May 7, 2012 at 7:30pm at the Turtle Hospital, 2396 Overseas Highway, MM 48.5 bayside, Marathon. Hosted by TNC and Save-A-Turtle.
Key West – May 10, 2012 at 6:30pm at the Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center, 35 East Quay road, Key West. Hosted by TNC and Reef Relief.
For more information contact Chris Bergh at the Nature Conservancy’s Florida Keys office at 305-872-7071 or [email protected]