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Double Feature – The Center Speaker Series / Starlight Movie Night

November 14, 2020 @ 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm

What:  The Center Speaker Series/Starlight Movie Night Double Feature!

When:  November 14, 2020 from 5:30-7:00pm (Speakers), 7:30-9:30pm (Movie)

Where:  Holmes Beach Community Field

Why:  The Go Green 2 Speaker Series launch for The Center’s Annual Fund Campaign /TDC Movie Night

Who: The Center, Clearwater Marine Aquarium Research Institute, Bradenton Area Arts and Culture

The Annotated Schedule

5:00 – 5:30pm – The Educational teams of CMA and The Center will provide special treats for the young and young-at-heart, highlighted by the actual prosthetic tale of Winter, the star of the show Dolphin Tale.  To assist with the social distancing, the teachers will bring the tail and other materials around to the pods of attendees to avoid lines and attendee movement outside of their designated area which will be a clearly lined in 10’ x 10’ box. Boxes will be 6-10’ apart.

The Center’s Go Green 2 Annual Kick Off Speaker Series Event in Partnership with the Clearwater Marine Aquarium Research Center and the Bradenton Council of A

5:30 pm– Welcome and Opening Remarks, Jim McDaniel from The Center and Vic Caserta from the Clearwater Marine Aquarium

5:40m – Introduction:  Zoom interview with Philippe Cousteau and review of The Center’s year* since his presentation a year ago.  He will be interviewed by Anna Maria Elementary 4th grader, Addy DuToit who took her enthusiasm for Cousteau’s presentation last year to start her own initiative which you can see on her website kidshelpearth.com.  Addy is dedicated to keeping plastics out of our waters, by getting her classmates, then school mates, then district to switch from using plastic toothbrushes to using bamboo toothbrushes.  Her interview will be designed to help showcase her new initiative and the work The Center has done since this meeting as well!*

When the interview concludes, Cousteau will introduce the speakers, one of whom Dr. Powell, spent a year in his teens working with Philippe’s grandfather, Jacques Cousteau. Vic Caserta will further set up the research-based talk given by our visiting marine scientists! View bios here.

6:00pm – Dr. Buddy Powell and Dr. Anmari Alvarez will give presentations on the birthing of Right Whales off the coast of Florida and the migration of Manatees between Cuba and our coast, respectively.

6:45pm – Questions and Answers from the audience.

7:00- 7:25pm – Movement out of those who came only for the Speaker Series and then in for the families coming for Dolphin Tale.

Starlight Movie Night – Dolphin Tale – Brought you by The Bradenton Area Arts and Culture
Visit Tickets.FLCulturalGroup.org for Reservations
For Movie Details Call:  941-748-5875

7:30-9:30pm – Dolphin Tale – The story of Winter, the dolphin you won’t want to miss!
“Winter was found when she was two months old tangled in crab trap line, which cut circulation to her tail flukes. This eventually led to a deterioration and loss of her tail. While most dolphins in this situation wouldn’t survive, Winter adapted to her new physical form and made a complete recovery!” CMA Website


*The Center’s Go Green Journey – 2019-2020

  • The Center hosts Philippe Cousteau on November 16 who presents to full house in The Center
  • Addy DuToit connects with Philippe and starts her own environmental initiative www.kidshelpearth.com
  • The mini-reef initiative begins as Cousteau praises The Center for recreating mangroves around the island where development has wiped them out in many areas leaving back canals and some inter-coastal waters without this important link in our marine ecosystem.

Consider that today:

  • 165 mini reefs a year later are in the water or scheduled for installation
  • Mini reefs have been embraced and installed by individual homeowners around the island and in NW Bradenton.  In addition to the private residential placements, Bradenton Beach (funded and installed 28 reefs) and Anna Maria Island have reefs under their piers or docks, the Community Foundation of Sarasota County, Impact Grant funded 28 reefs
  • Most recently, The Center is evolving partnerships with Bay Shellfish Company, Earth Echo, and Clearwater Marine Aquarium, and Ocean Habitats, Inc. and Mote Marine.
  • Mote Marine and The Center have agreed to partner around The Center’s proposal to RTMTD to develop a highly trained (by Mote scientists and staff) volunteer corps of Citizen Scientists under the aegis of their Beach Conditions Reporting System which will include monitoring and testing canals where research can be done on the efficacy of the Mini Reef to mitigate the effects of red tide and algal blooms in our waters. (Representatives of Mote will be in attendance on this evening). More details of this exciting new partnership will be forthcoming as the staff of each entity define the outline of the new relationship with regard to volunteer collection of data, analysis of that data, and use of the findings in a research endeavor.
  • The Patel College of Global Sustainability at The University of South Florida has committed to send several seniors to The Center/Mote collaboration to complete capstone research projects.
  • Mini Reef numbers after one year:

Mature (approx. 6 mos.) reefs are set to filter over 1.8 billion gallons of water a year

Helped grow almost 50,000 new fish as a protective nursery (artificial mangrove)

Helped grow about 33,000 new crabs as a protective nursery (artificial mangrove)


November 14, 2020
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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Holmes Beach Community field
5801 Marina Drive
Holmes Beach, FL 34217 United States
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