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NFC: Fw: Reef Awareness Week === E-Alert===

Reef Relief - http://www.reefrelief.org

3 Items: 

1.  Reef Awareness Week schedule now available--make plans 
to join us the week of July 22-28 in the Florida Keys. 

Reef Awareness Week July 22-28th, 2001 
Celebrating Reef Relief's 15th year of grassroots efforts to 
protect coral reefs. 
To get involved, check out the full schedule at 

2.   Public Input Requested on the Key West Marine Park : 
Temporary floats mark the boundaries of the proposed Key West 
Marine Park.

Key West is collaborating with the City of Key West to create a 
shoreline protected area on the oceanside of Key West that will 
include no-motor swim areas and access lanes for existing 
watersports operators. 
The swim areas for the Key West Marine Park have been 
temporarily marked.  Reef Relief is seeking public comments 
regarding the proposed boundaries.  Written comments or 
suggestions regarding the swim areas should be sent to 
reef at bellsouth_net. or write to Reef Relief, P.O. Box 430, Key 
West, Fl. 33041.  fax (305) 293-9515. 

The swim areas in the Key West Marine Park are designed to 
protect swimmers from motorized vessels. Two marked entry 
lanes allow vessels to approach the shoreline at the Wyndam 
Casa Marina Resort pier and near the Atlantic Shores Resort 
pier.  The flow of vessel traffic near the swim areas has 
influenced the distance that the swim area extends offshore. The 
White Street Pier and the Higgs Beach Pier keep vessels 
approaching from the east at least 600 feet from the shoreline.  
The Duval Street Pier swim area is 400 feet from the shoreline 
because vessels approaching from this direction are generally 
closer to shore.  On the inside of each entry lane, there is 
adequate room for small vessels to anchor close to shore.

This project is designed to increase protection for the nearshore 
waters of Key West.  Reef Relief will install reef habitats to 
accrete coral growth in the swim-only areas.  This area is a 
breeding ground and juvenile nurseries for myriad species that  
later migrate to the reef.   In addition, the park will help focus on 
the need to improve stormwater treatment throughout Key West.  
At the current time, stormwater drains directly into the proposed 
park boundaries. 

For a chart showing the proposed buoy markers for the Key West 
Marine Park, please go to our web 

3.Summer is the Time for Baseball At Reef Relief's Online 

Baseball is in full swing and we have great sports memorabilia 
for you or it will make a great gift item.  We have items such as 
bats autographed by Ken Griffey, Barry Bonds and Hank Aaron to 
autographed framed pictures.  The inventory changes all the 
time and you never know what great items at incredible prices 
you will find. 

Not a sports fan?  We have great jewelry that is at an incredible 
value and will truly add that special touch to your outfit.  If not for 
you, we have items that make a great gift. 

Please visit our on-line auction at 
<http://auction.causeLink.com/index.msp?viewnfp=REF> and 
find a great deal for either you or a friend. Remember, up to 15% 
of every winning bid goes to Reef Relief. 

Thank you,

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