Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary and its advisory council<http://beta2.w1.floridakeys.woc.noaa.gov/sac/welcome.html> are seeking public comment on issues related to sanctuary boundaries, marine zones <http://beta2.w1.floridakeys.woc.noaa.gov/zones/welcoe.html?s=zones>, Key West and Great White Heron National Wildlife Refuge’s Backcountry Management Plan <http://www.fws.gov/nationalkeydeer/backcountry.html>, and associated regulations <http://floridakeys.noaa.gov/regs/welcome.html>. The comments received will guide a review of the marine zones<http://beta2.w1.floridakeys.woc.noaa.gov/zones/welcome.html> and regulations<http://beta2.w1. floridakeys.woc.noaa.gov/regs/welcome.html>, and shape Florida Keys marine conservation for decades to come. Public comments are being accepted through June 29, 2012. Comments may be submitted electronically and via mail, and during five meetings in south Florida and the Florida Keys.
June 19: Marathon, FL; Monroe County Government Center; Emergency Operations Center
June 20: Key Largo, FL; Key Largo Library
June 21: Key West, FL; Doubletree Grand Key Resort; Tortuga Ballroom
June 26: Miami, FL; Florida International University; Graham University Center; Room GC243
June 27: Fort Myers, FL; Joseph P. Alessandro Office Complex; Rooms 165 C and D*
*For more information visit: floridakeys.noaa.gov
We also have a new listserve at Marine Zoning and Regulatory Review List Serve <http://floridakeys.noaa.gov/review/email-list.html> where you can receive updates on the marine zoning and regulatory review in your email inbox. This service provides subscribers with recent news and information about public meetings and ways to participate in the review process. Marine zoning and regulatory review email updates are one-way forms of communication, not discussion forums.
We have provided a page on our website detailing the various ways to provide public comment during the scoping period. This can be found at Public Comment <http://floridakeys.noaa.gov/review/scoping.html>. I encourage all of you to express your opinions!
Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
33 East Quay Road
Key West, Florida 33040