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The final schedule

October 14, 2011

Sunday, Oct. 23
NOTE — You should bring your packed bags to the Fairchild Gardens events on Sunday and they will be loaded onto the tour bus there. If you do not need to be at the Book Authors’ Pitch Slam, please board the bus at 11:45 a.m.

SEJ conference ends, tour bus departs promptly from Fairchild Gardens.

1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Meet with Pew Fellows in Marine Conservation at Key Largo Grande Resort

5:30 p.m.
Southernmost Hotel in Key West check-in, (305) 296-6577

6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Optional reception/dinner at the Key West Butterfly and Nature Conservancy hosted by Visit Florida Keys

Mon. Oct. 24
7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.
Breakfast at Southernmost Hotel cafe (charge to room)

Bus departure to Eco-Discovery Center (or walk on your own, approximately one mile)

9 a.m to 11 a.m.
Self-guided tour, optional movie viewing, presentation and panel discussion: “Is the sun setting or rising on the Florida Keys?”

11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Bus departs for Strike Zone charters

1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Snorkeling at Looe Key

6:30 p.m.
Registration, Holiday Inn Express in Marathon, (305) 289-0222

7:30 p.m.
Social and dinner at the Sunset Grille. (LOCATION CHANGE).

Tues. Oct. 25
7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.
Complimentary breakfast, Holiday Inn Express

8:30 a.m.
Departure for the Turtle Hospital in Marathon

9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Visit to the Turtle Hospital in Marathon

11 a.m.
Bus departure for visit to Blue Hole or Sea Turtle Release

Arrive Bahia Honda State Park, 305-872-3210
(Note, if foul weather prevents a snorkeling trip on Monday, we will seek to reschedule for Tuesday and will cancel Bahia Honda State Park visit)

12:30 to 1 p.m.
Lunch, Bahia Honda State Park concessionaire

1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Beach swimming, shopping at concessionaire, hanging out

2 p.m.
Park manager Eric Kiefer, discussion of general park topics

2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Park history, nature hike to Bahia Honda Bridge

4 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Optional nearshore self-guided kayaking trips (EARLIER END TIME)

5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Local seafood sampler

6:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Sunset photos

7 p.m.
Bus departure from park, return to Marathon

Wed. Oct. 26
7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. breakfast at Holiday Inn Express

8:30 a.m.
Bus departs Holiday Inn Express

1 p.m.
Arrive Miami Airport


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  1. mcoconnor permalink

    just want to confirm: do we need to get on the bus at Intercontinental Sunday morning? It looks like there’s only one bus leaving the hotel, at 7:30am, yes? Otherwise (if we don’t want to attend Sunday’s events at the Fairchild Tropic Garden) we’d need to get ourselves to the Garden by 11:45 am, yes?

  2. Bruce Ritchie permalink

    That’s right. Be on the bus at 7:30 or be at Fairchild by 11:45. And remember, your cost of the Fairchild event is paid for already with your Keys tour registration!

  3. Bruce Ritchie permalink

    And the best way to communicate with me at this point is email or by cell phone 850-566-4518. Thanks.

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