Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, a senior member of the Florida Congressional Delegation, met today, Tuesday June 9th in Washington, DC with top officials of the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary to discuss ongoing activities of the Sanctuary Program. Ileana will also attend this evening's Marine Sanctuary Foundation annual awards gala where she will participate in a check presentation of federal funds the Congresswoman helped secure for the Aquarius Undersea Laboratory.
During today's meeting, Congresswoman Ros-Lehtinen met with Sean Morton, the Acting Superintendent of the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, Dr. Bill Causey, the Southeast Regional Superintendent of NOAA's National Marine Sanctuary Program, and Ms. Rebecca McMahon of NOAA's Legislative Affairs to discuss the ongoing conservation efforts of the Sanctuary. The officials also thanked Ros-Lehtinen for her leadership as co-chair of the National Marine Sanctuary Caucus.
The Congresswoman also met with Ms. Dolly Garlo, who was nominated by the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary for the distinction of Volunteer of the Year. Ms. Garlo has been a tireless advocate of the Sanctuary and has contributed many of her valuable hours towards the betterment of this precious natural park.
Ileana will also attend this evening's National Marine Sanctuary Foundation Annual Awards dinner where she will take part in a check presentation ceremony for $100,000 she helped secure for NOAA's undersea laboratory Aquarius, which is located in the Sanctuary off of Key Largo. Ileana has dived several times to the Aquarius and participated in a live question and answer session with schoolchildren attending the Montessori School in the Keys