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Key Largo welcomes REEF Fest

  • Published by Ozgur Tore

Diver GrouperSponsored by Key Largo-based nonprofit Reef Environmental Education Foundation, REEF Fest will be organized from September 29 to October 2, in Key Largo. REEF Fest is a celebration of marine conservation’s positive impact on the Florida Keys and around the world. The event includes a full slate of social events, eco-adventures and presentations by renowned marine experts.

Activities and education initiatives include a lineup of seminars, gatherings, snorkeling, diving and eco-themed adventures on the water at America's best fish-filled coral reefs. Attendees are to be joined by some of the most prestigious names in marine preservation.

Festivities Thursday afternoon include casual seminars with Keys underwater photographers Carlos and Allison Estape, founders of the 100 Fish ID Challenge. The day's other attractions include a twilight dive trip and a 6-9 p.m. social gathering at the breathtaking sunset locale Bayside Grille, located at mile marker (MM) 99.5.

Friday and Saturday are filled with morning diving and snorkeling opportunities, afternoon presentations from ocean experts and evening social events.

Attendees can enjoy a 6-10 p.m. celebration dinner party Saturday featuring a three-course meal, music and a large silent auction. Tickets are to be sold for the event and the cost is $45 per person. The evening is presented by Divers Alert Network, the nation's largest association dedicated to diving safety, educational resources and more.

Sunday morning's schedule includes diving, snorkeling, paddleboarding, kayaking and glass-bottom boat tours with area outfitters. Ocean enthusiasts are encouraged to join REEF Fest's eco-adventures to learn more about the marine environment.

A percentage of charter proceeds is to benefit REEF's ocean conservation programs.

All REEF Fest events are open to the public. Seminars are free, but pre-registration is recommended. Each is to be held at the Murray Nelson Government Center, MM 102 bayside. For a complete schedule, visit www.REEF.org/REEFFest/schedule.

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