Members of the Boca Grande community are invited to a special ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house at Mote Marine Laboratory's new Boca Grande Office.
The ribbon cutting will take place at 2 p.m. Jan. 9 at 480 East Railroad Ave., Unit 7, Railroad Plaza, Boca Grande. The open house from noon to 4 p.m. will include a special visit by Mote's Mobile Aquarium.
This new satellite office is a focal point for a grassroots effort to increase knowledge of and support for the region's important marine environment and conservation.
The goal is to help engage the community and region in tarpon and other marine research undertaken by Mote in Charlotte Harbor and Southwest Florida. It will also highlight new research directions designed to support conservation of area fisheries and habitat.
The effort is being spearheaded by Boca Grande residents Andy Ireland, an honorary Mote trustee, and Capt. Philip O'Bannon, executive director of the new Mote Office in Boca Grande. Kumar Mahadevan, Mote president. and Michael Crosby, Mote senior vice president for research, will be attending the event