Wildlife Foundation of Florida calls for help with 'Great 'Cuda Cleanup'
Thursday, May 06, 2010
Media contact: Brett Boston, 404-863-4530
The Wildlife Foundation of Florida and partners are
calling for landscape volunteers to help with a May 22 cleanup of
the former New Smyrna Beach High School. The foundation has plans
for a $1.2-million project to convert the campus into the Mosquito
Lagoon Marine Enhancement Center. In addition, there will be
a project open house for the public in the former High School
Administration lobby, where plans for the project will be
"We're calling this 'The Great 'Cuda Cleanup,'"
said Brett Boston, foundation executive director. "This cleanup is
a great way for us to connect with the great people in New Smyrna
Beach and launch our partnership efforts with them. Partnerships
are going to be key components in making this center a
Organizers hope to mobilize up to 50 volunteers to
help with trash removal, come rain or sunshine. They are arranging
refreshments for volunteers.
"This facility is going to be a wonderful asset in
Volusia County," Boston said. "The county's residents made a great
investment by allowing a special tax-funded grant for
Environmental, Cultural, Historical, Outdoor (ECHO) construction
projects like this one, and this project is going to yield a great
return on that investment. It reflects our shared vision that
Florida is like no other place on earth, and we must all work
together to keep it that way."
Local organizations - Artists Workshop Inc. and
Marine Discovery Center Inc. - will lease one of the buildings and
provide marine environmental, cultural learning experiences and
outdoor recreation activities for local residents and visitors.
Another building will house Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation
Commission (FWC) officers and biologists.
"Eventually, the project will include a hatchery
for redfish and sea trout and propagation of reef fish for stocking
local waters; birding trails along the shoreline; an observation
tower; and kayak trails in the lagoon," Boston said.
Everyone interested in attending should visit www.marinediscoverycenter.org for information
or contact Fielding Cooley at firstname.lastname@example.org
to volunteer for the cleanup effort. Comments are welcome at
the Facebook page www.facebook.com/pages/The-Great-Cuda-Clean-up/111363978902859?v=wall&ref=ts.