Friends of Pennekamp Completes First Major Project
By Holly Houser, Ocean Reef Press Manager
Featured above: The Friends of John Pennekamp organization installs 18 new
mooring balls in Pennekamp Park.
Last year, Ocean Reef Club partnered with the Ocean Reef Community Association, Ocean Reef Conservation Association and the Rod & Gun Club to help fund muchneeded environmental efforts of Friends of John Pennekamp and Dagny Johnson Key Largo Hammock Botanical State Park, a newly-formed 501c3 citizen’s support organization (CSO).This past week, the first of the CSO’s major projects has been completed.
When the four Reef organizations learned last year that Pennekamp needed assistance funding the replacement of several mooring balls that were lost during Hurricane Irma, they offered the CSO a grant covering the total cost of replacing the balls, as well as the installation of an additional seven in Pennekamp Park. With the project now at completion, 18 individual mooring balls have been installed in an effort to minimize threats to coral reefs by the use of anchors. Boaters in these areas of Pennekamp Park can tie directly to these balls instead of dropping anchor and causing harm to the delicate coral reefs.
Jack Salisbury, Chairman of the Ocean Reef Conservation Association and Friends of Pennekamp Board Member, said, “It’s important that Ocean Reef continues to help their neighbors. Pennekamp Park covers waters that Ocean Reef Members often use for snorkeling, diving and fishing. Maintaining the health of these resources is important as they play a major role in what makes Ocean Reef such a unique place to be.”
To learn more about Friends of John Pennekamp and their other projects being pursued, visit pennekampparkfriends.org.
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