2008 News Archive - Holidays - Florida celebrates a century of conservation

04 11 2008

Those planning to catch some winter sun and jet off to Florida this winter me be interested to learn that an anniversary celebration to commemorate the Florida Keys is set to take place next month.

November 15th will see a celebration of the 100 year anniversary of the beginning of the protection of the Florida Keys.

The Florida Keys are the only living coral barrier reef in the United States and are home to a "unique diversity" of plants and animals.

In 1963, a section of the reef was renamed the John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park - the first underwater preserve in the US - and this attracts more than a million visitors each year.

The park is part of the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary.

Visit Florida states that the Florida Keys separate the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico and are made up of approximately 1,700 islands.




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