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Time for Discovery! Florida Keys History & Discovery Center is excited to announce plans for the addition of Mote Marine Laboratory’s Coral Reef Exploration to be complete in this fall, and are reaching out to you for support. (read more below)

Aquarium Naming Rights

$100,000 = Coral Reef

$25,000 = Live Coral Secured

$25,000 = Invasive Lionfish Secured


Additional Levels (to be recognized within exhibit area)

$20,000-$24,999 = Shark

$15,000-$19,999 = Grouper

$10,000-$14,999 = Grunts

$5,000-$9,999 = Wrasse

$1,000-$4,999 = Damsel



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The comprehensive exhibit will feature three aquariums, educational storyboards, interactive kiosks and video monitors focused on providing both a beautiful and educational view of our unique coral reef ecosystem and the challenges it faces.

The largest of the aquariums, at 1,250 gallons, will showcase species that make their home on and around the Florida Keys coral reefs. Two smaller aquariums, at 280 gallons each, will support live corals and invasive lionfish. Naming rights have been secured for the two smaller aquariums with Ken and Dee Meeks, and the Charles G. Wright Endowment for Humanitypledging their support.

The addition of the Coral Reef Exploration exhibit will allow the Florida Keys History and Discovery Foundation, which operates the Keys History & Discovery Center, to fulfill the mission of ‘discovery’ within the only bricks-and-mortar history & discovery museum in the Upper Keys. The Foundation is partnering with Mote Marine Laboratory, also a not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) organization, to bring this engaging exhibit to life. In addition to their primary campus in Sarasota, Mote operates the Elizabeth Moore International Center for Coral Reef Research & Restoration on Summerland Key and the Mote Living Reef Exhibit at the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary’s Eco-Discovery Center in Key West.

This $250,000 project is funded in part by the Monroe County Tourist Development Council and through in-kind contributions from Mote, including annual maintenance and upkeep following completion of the installation. An additional $150,000 is needed to cover the costs of the project and we are asking for your support. Several level of support exist (see enclosure). With your gift, you will help us to educate locals and visitors for generations to come.

Thank you for your consideration and support. For more information, contact me at 305-922-2237 or via

With gratitude,

Jill Miranda Baker

Executive Director

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