Coastal zone research projects around the nation will help coastal managers protect developed areas' beach dunes, which are vital to resilient communities, ecosystems and economies.

The Miami-Dade Beacon Council recently participated in region-wide panel to discuss the establishment of a South Florida Marine Research Hub. The discussion was convened by the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance (the Alliance) and the Marine Industries Association of South Florida (MIASF). The panel included South Florida University Presidents, Marine Researchers, Economic Development Organizations, and Elected Officials who discussed the opportunity to launch an initiative for collaboration and investment in marine research throughout South Florida.

Elections are great for drama… the winners and losers, the big comebacks and the just falling short, the unexpected and even the unimaginable. Once the dust settles, however, you still need to govern – to get the day-to-day business of the people and the community done. There are new players or new coalitions, certainly new circumstances and new ideas that need to be reflected (or deflected). Throughout, there’s always the need to bring your issues and concerns to the political powers-that-be – however they may have changed – to seek action and address needs.

Washington, D.C.—The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration recently announced that the Coral Restoration Foundation (CRF), a Key Largo non-profit organization, is the recipient of a $2.1 million grant to restore eight coral reefs in the Florida Keys over the next three years. Rep. Curbelo, an advocate for increased funding for coral restoration, issued the following statement:

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