Wednesday, January 9, 2013
Former First Lady Laura Bush to Speak Wednesday at Mote Boca Grande Office Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
Mote Marine Laboratory officials are pleased to announce that Former First Lady Mrs. Laura Bush will participate in the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Lab's new Boca Grande Office.
The ribbon cutting, scheduled to take place at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 9, at 480 East Railroad Ave., Unit 7, Railroad Plaza, Boca Grande, will mark the official unveiling of Mote's new Boca Grande Office.
The Bush family has a long connection to Charlotte Harbor and Boca Grande, where they often spend time fishing and enjoying the environment. Mrs. Bush, who toured Mote's main campus in Sarasota in January 2012, has a special interest in ocean conservation - especially as it relates to the Gulf of Mexico - and will say a few words during the ceremony.
While he was President, George W. Bush designated the first-ever National Marine Monuments and, more recently, Mrs. Bush has advocated for similar status for certain areas in the Gulf of Mexico.
"It is wonderful to have Mrs. Bush participate in this historical event - especially given her passion for the protection and conservation of the Gulf of Mexico," said Dr. Kumar Mahadevan, Mote President and CEO.
Mote's new satellite office will be a focal point for a community-wide grassroots effort to increase knowledge of - and support for - the region's important marine environment and the conservation of it. The goal is to help engage the community and region in tarpon and other marine research undertaken by Mote in Charlotte Harbor and Southwest Florida. It will also highlight new research directions designed to support conservation of area fisheries and habitat.
Learn more at www.mote.org/boca