Common Sea Fans (<em>Gorgonia ventilina</em>) are one of several species of sea fans found in southeast Florida. Sea fans are also classified as soft corals or gorgonians.

Common Sea Fans (Gorgonia ventilina) are one of several species of sea fans found in southeast Florida. Sea fans are also classified as soft corals or gorgonians.

Photo: Chantal Collier

Juvenile bluehead wrasses swim along the reef in Palm Beach.

Juvenile bluehead wrasses swim along the reef in Palm Beach.

Photo: Joe Marino

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Southeast Florida Reef News

The Birth of Friends of Our Florida Reefs

Scott Sheckman, SEFCRI Vice-Chair

Friends of Our Florida Reefs volunteer Todd Peterson presents an overview of coral reef and beach ecology to the Hallandale Beach Green Team this past summer. Photo: Scott Sheckman
Friends of Our Florida Reefs volunteer Todd Peterson presents an overview of coral reef and beach ecology to the Hallandale Beach Green Team this past summer. Photo: Scott Sheckman

After almost 18 months in development and significant guidance from various individuals, organizations, and institutions, a new dedicated CSO became an incorporated reality: Friends of Our Florida Reefs (www.floridareef.org), aka FOFR.

 

FOFR’s mission is simple: to raise funds and volunteers to help support or enhance the priorities of the FDEP CRCP to help conserve and protect southeast Florida reefs. As an IRS registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with a signed CSO agreement with the FDEP, FOFR has the legal ability to fulfill our mission, offer individuals and companies significant tax deductions, and request grants from a variety of foundations and entities.

 

As a dedicated CSO, FOFR will work in concert with governmental agencies and like-minded environmental nonprofit organizations committed to keeping southeast Florida reefs healthy and bountiful for its diverse wildlife and the people living or vacationing in southeast Florida.

 

FOFR currently sports a five-person Board of Directors and several notable advisors, featuring a nice mix of critically thinking men and women working in related fields, with room to grow. FOFR gladly accepts monetary gifts of any size via check or electronically online. Annual membership in FOFR is open to the public starting at $10/year with unique member benefits to be announced soon.

 

In 2015, FOFR fundraising will be primarily for organizational capacity, modest FDEP CRCP needs, and building a rapid response fund. Although practically brand new, FOFR has already assisted the FDEP CRCP with meeting support, and anticipates helping the agency fill significant budget gaps and needs starting in 2016.  Moreover, FOFR has been active with regional education outreach and has cooperated with coastal cities such as Hallandale Beach and Lauderdale-By-The-Sea to enhance their community service.

 

For more information about FOFR and ways to support/promote the CSO, please visit the website (www.floridareef.org) and feel free to please contact FOFR President & Co-Founder Scott Sheckman via Tel: 310-741-7617 or email: info@floridareef.org.



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