RPI reaches the Gulf of Mexico

St. Andrews State Park

St. Andrews State Park

The Responsible Pier Initiative is now represented in two time zones with the addition of four new responsible piers in Panama City.

I was very proud to bring the workshop to Florida’s Gulf Coast today, an important step in expanding the program to reach a greater expanse of sea turtle habitat. The city known for its eternal spring break is now equipped to inform its fishermen and pier-goers of exactly what to do if a sea turtle is accidentally hooked or entangled off one of their piers.

Today, I spoke with representatives from the city, the county, and St. Andrews State Park, each with at least one pier committed to the Initiative.   These new First Responders were particularly interested in learning about the underwater cleanups associated with the Responsible Pier Initiative and were eager to report the amount of debris they remove from beneath the piers they manage back to LMC. They mentioned that there would be a large number of volunteers in the area willing to help from both below the waterline and above the surface. Community involvement in the Responsible Pier Initiative is critical in its success and there seems to be no shortage here in Panama City.

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Tomorrow, I’ll present the last workshop of the week in Pensacola. I’ll be sure to share one last update before I make my way back to Juno Beach.

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