Bob Cardenas is the President of the Reef Relief Board of Directors. Raised in Fort Lauderdale, he quickly became passionate about our Ocean environment. Growing up, he had more aquariums in his bedroom than a pet store, and was driving boats long before he was able to drive a car. An avid diver and fisherman, it was natural that he also became a conservationist, wanting to preserve the coral reef environment.
College found him at FSU majoring in Marine Biology, where he concluded his undergraduate work, as well as three years of graduate studies in Marine Biology, following his life-long passion for the marine environment. Having difficulty finding a job in Marine Biology, he had an opportunity to spend five months on a sailboat as captain, bringing a 43’ sailboat across the Atlantic Ocean, via all parts in between. This was his second Trans-Atlantic crossing on a sailboat. After that life-changing trip, he decided to get into the Real Estate profession, in order to make enough money to fund his passion for being on the water and enjoying the marine environment.
At the current time, he has three real estate offices, two in Key West and one in Orlando. Due to his 34 years of experience in the Real Estate Business, as well as his passion for the Marine Environment, plus his formal education and college degree as a Marine Biologist, he is well qualified to see and understand all of the factors that are affecting our Coral Reef system. Fully understanding both sides of these critical issues is often the difference between success and failure when it comes to protecting our Coral Reef systems.
In addition to being the President of Reef Relief, Bob also serves his community as the Vice Chair of the Florida Keys Community College Foundation, is the 2013 District Vice President of Florida Realtors, was the 2011 President of the Key West Association of Realtors, and holds a US Coast Guard 100 Ton Master Captain’s License.