[Coral-List] Getting the word out

Eugene Shinn eshinn at marine.usf.edu
Mon Mar 1 10:35:03 EST 2010

Coral listers will find this interesting. Gene

Florida takes great pride in its copious coral reefs, which rival 
even those of the Caribbean, the state's environmental agency boasts 
on its website.

Imagine, then, the surprise among delegates at this week's annual 
gathering of the U.S. Coral Reef Task Force in Washington that the 
state of Florida - for the first time in anyone's memory - was a 

"Florida didn't even send anyone at all - not even a staff person," 
marveled Dan Clark, of South Florida reef conservation group Cry of 
the Water, in a telephone interview from the meeting.

An higher-up at the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, 
which usually sends a top staffer to task force meeting, told Clark 
that Gov. Charlie Crist had cut travel for state workers because of 
the state's budget woes. But the feds even offered to pick up the tab 
for whomever Florida would be willing to send, a surprised task force 
staffer told Clark at the meeting.


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