Florida Oceanographic Coastal Center
Florida Oceanographic Society, a non-profit organization founded in 1964, is dedicated to inspiring environmental stewardship of Florida's coastal ecosystems through education and research. Through the Society’s educational programming at the Coastal Center on Hutchinson Island, visitors not only learn to appreciate our environment, but also learn how they impact our fragile ecosystems and what they can do to prevent further devastation and depletion of our natural resources. (www.floridaoceanographic.com) Because its mission mirrors First Florida Development and Construction’s core values, this philanthropy has become a strong community commitment for the company.
Interest in Florida’s fragile ecosystem has always been a driving force in Paul Kleinfeld’s life. As President of First Florida, Paul has been actively involved with the Florida Oceanographic Coastal Center for nearly 10 years, serving on the Executive Committee, Board of Directors and as Chairman of the Facility Committee and Master Planning Committee. Through his involvement with this philanthropy, Paul has not only donated time, but services and materials to the Center as well as conducted a thorough out reach to others in the community, requesting the same.
Through hundreds of donated hours, First Florida has been involved with the vision and the bricks and mortars of the facility. About halfway along the nature trail at Ryan’s Point, First Florida built a small pavilion, specifically designed as an area for rest and reflection along the Indian River Lagoon where the center holds educational programs about the Mangrove Marsh Enhancement Program.
For more information please visit www.floridaoceanographic.com or call: 772.225.0505.