Mote invites Florida residents in for $6 Saturdays

mote-60years

To the Editor:

In honor of Mote Marine Lab’s 60th anniversary, Florida residents are invited to discover the wonders of Mote Aquarium for just $6 every Saturday this September.

This year, Mote is celebrating 60 years of world-class marine research and education. As an independent, nonprofit lab, Mote has succeeded through its wonderful partnerships with local communities, and we are excited to give back.

For every Saturday in the month of September, Florida residents of all ages can receive Mote Aquarium admission for $6 by providing proof of residency for at least one person in your group. The special is valid for up to four people in a party.

For normal admission rates and other visitor information, go to mote.org/visit

Mote looks forward to many more decades of groundbreaking research and to enhancing ocean literacy for even more people. Mote Aquarium is dedicated to sharing Mote research and encouraging future generations of scientists, educators and the public to explore their interest in marine science and to make more informed decisions about marine conservation.

You can also help Mote celebrate its 60th anniversary by wishing Mote a happy birthday and sending your most creative birthday wish. You can send all greetings, pictures, scanned drawings, pictures of you with Mote gear on, videos, creative artwork, etc., to info@mote.org. We will compile the most imaginative submissions into a Facebook album for everyone to see. (Let us know in the email if you do not wish for your submission to be displayed publicly). Thank you for helping us celebrate our birthday!

Mote is also celebrating its 60th anniversary all year with the fundraising campaign Oceans of Opportunity. You can help by visiting: mote.org/oceanscampaign

Also, this Saturday, Sept. 12 grab your swimsuit, your most festive Hawaiian shirt and your running shoes for the fourth annual Life’s a Beach Triathlon, organized by Endeavor Racing, LLC.

Triathlon participants are invited to Sarasota’s beautiful Lido Beach for swimming, biking and running.

For every full-price entry, the Life’s a Beach Triathlon will donate $1 to Mote’s Sea Turtle Conservation and Research Program, which has coordinated sea turtle conservation for more than 30 years along 35 miles of Sarasota County beaches.

The Life’s a Beach Triathlon will take place on Lido Beach/Lido Beach Resort at 400 Ben Franklin Parkway, Sarasota, Fla.

For registration and details including start times, cost and a list of event sponsors, visit: lifesabeachtriathlon.com/2015_Sarasota.php

Kaitlyn Fusco

Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium,

Sarasota