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Rookery Bay Horizontal Banner As part of our ongoing celebration of our 30th year, the Friends of Rookery Bay hosted a special evening event in February for local donors, partners and patrons at the beautiful Keewaydin Island home of Jim and Sara Biden. With support from the Delora and Lester Norris Foundation and Florida Gulf Coast University Foundation, invited guests joined us for an Island Soiree, which started with a cruise and wine tasting along the Inland Waterway aboard the Sweet Liberty catamaran, exploration of the Biden’s amazing bungalow on the south end of Keewaydin Island, a gorgeous sunset over the Gulf of Mexico and a professionally-prepared meal by Chef Alain Petitbon.


Sunset over Keewaydin IslandFor the past two years, Jim and Sara have been very generous in allowing the use of their home to help the Friends support Rookery Bay Reserve’s mission in environmental education and research. Their home, with an impressive array of solar panels and high-tech energy conservation, and surrounded by the 110,000-acre Rookery Bay Reserve, is a strong statement that we can live sustainably with minimum impact on the environment. The evening reminded us that the quality of life that we enjoy in Southwest Florida is profoundly connected to our pristine environment.

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For 30 years, the Friends has worked with our local community to raise awareness and appreciation for this special place called Rookery Bay: connecting residents and visitors to our coastal environment through education and guided experiences, forging strong partnerships with local organizations and building new relationships with friends and supporters.

Please consider joining us as we continue the journey for the next 30 years! Learn more about Rookery Bay and how you can help.

Thank you!

Gary Lytton, Executive Director
Friends of Rookery Bay

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