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Friends of Tampa Bay Aquatic Preserves, Inc.
Celebrating 50 Years
50 years ago, we went to the moon! That same year, and much closer to home, the Florida Legislature established the Boca Ciega Bay Aquatic Preserve and launched our community into a new generation of environmental advocacy.
Sponsored by the Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council, the Boca Ciega Bay 50th Anniversary Celebration was attended by State Officials, County Commissioners, Mayors, Municipal Elected Officials, County and City Staff. This citizen-driven and science-based program featured educational kiosks, interactive activities, a virtual reality (VR) headset experience, and special prizes. The event was held at St Petersburg College Seminole Campus and spearheaded by Friends’ life member Terry Fortner.

The honorable Roger H. Wilson was recognized for his life-long service and commitment to Tampa Bay’s natural resources. Roger served in the Florida State of House Representatives from 1968-1976, where he authored the 1969 Bill that established Boca Ciega Bay Aquatic Preserve and the 1972 Bill that established Pinellas County as an Aquatic Preserve. Due in large part to Roger’s service, there are now 42 aquatic preserves in Florida.

Join Us and Become a Friend of the Aquatic Preserves

Membership Applications Will be Accepted Soon
Our founders committee meetings will culminate in the formation of an inaugural board. Our executive board will then establish mechanisms to receive and process memberships.

Request Update Notifications
If you are eager to become a member or serve on a committee or board, please indicate your desire to receive notification updates by submitting your name and email via the Contact Us link.

If you wish to serve in a leadership capacity on a committee, or executive board position, please Contact Us to indicate your interest as we welcome your involvement.

Thank you!
Our Mission

The Friends mission is to serve as a non-profit corporation to generate both financial and volunteer resources that support the mission and best interests of the Tampa Bay Aquatic Preserves.

Member Benefits

Everyone is welcome to attend meetings and  events, whether you are a member or not.

When you step up to membership, you are helping us protect what is most dear to our region, the variety of ecosystems and wildlife that are found here.

We value your support. Soon you will be able to join or renew online or mail us your membership with our printable membership form.

Please indicate your interest via the Contact Us page.