July 12, 2017
Contact: Shauna Mackey

Biscayne Bay Eco Explorers

Cruise along beautiful Biscayne Bay with HistoryMiami Museum and Miami Waterkeeper

Biscayne Bay Eco-Explorers will set sail July 22 from Bayside Marketplace     

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Kelly Cox leading a boat tour for the Miami Foundation’s Miami Fellows aboard the Pelican Skipper Miami Waterkeeper photo

Rachel Silverstein discusses Biscayne Bay marine health for community leaders on Pelican Skipper Miami Waterkeeper photo 


MIAMI (July 12)- For the first time, on July 22, 2017, HistoryMiami Museum and Miami Waterkeeper are teaming up to take guests on a cruise through historic Biscayne Bay. Created 5,000 years ago as a result of sea-level rise, Biscayne Bay has had both a tremendous economic and environmental impact on the City of Miami.

The tour will be guided by Kelly Cox, the Program Director at Miami Waterkeeper. She will discuss the challenges the bay is currently facing, and will touch on the historical impact hurricanes have had on this body of water. Guests will learn about the ecology of the bay, the negative impacts of wave damage, and the risks associated with storm surge. There will also be a portion of the tour dedicated to educating the community about what they can do to protect this fragile ecosystem.

“The bay plays a key part in the history of Miami and the South Florida region. It has been hugely influential on our economy and culture – protecting it is more important now than ever,” said Kelly Cox.

Biscayne Bay has an extensive history, and one of the most important chapters is Hurricane Andrew. During the storm, The National Hurricane Center prepared for storm surges as high as 13 feet along the bay.

“Biscayne Bay, like many other area bodies of water, was negatively impacted by Hurricane Andrew. This tour will provide a deeper look into the role this historical storm had on our ecosystem,” said HistoryMiami Museum Director Jorge Zamanillo.

HistoryMiami Museum will also give guests complimentary admission to its new exhibition, “Hurricane Andrew: 25 Years Later”. The exhibition was curated by Miami’s famed meteorologist Bryan Norcross and delves deeper into the hurricane’s impact on the South Florida community.

Additional Information

Island Queen Cruises will pick up guests at Dinner Key Marina: 3400 Pan American Dr., Miami, FL 33133. Tickets for HistoryMiami Members: $50, Non-Members: $60, Children 6-12: $25. Purchase your tickets here: http://www.historymiami.org/city-tour/biscayne-bay-eco-explorers-with-miami-waterkeeper/ 

Miami Waterkeeper

Miami Waterkeeper is a South Florida-based non-profit. Our mission is to defend, protect, and preserve our regional watershed through citizen engagement and community action rooted in sound science and research. We work to ensure swimmable, drinkable, fishable, water for all, ultimately ensuring clean and vibrant waters and associated coastal culture for generations to come. For more information visit miamiwaterkeeper.org, email hello@miamiwaterkeeper.org, or call (305) 905-0856.

 HistoryMiami Museum

HistoryMiami is the premier cultural institution committed to gathering, organizing, preserving, and celebrating Miami’s history as the unique crossroads of the Americas. We accomplish this through exhibitions, city tours, education, research, collections and publications. HistoryMiami advocates for helping everyone understand the importance of the past in shaping Miami's future. For more information visit historymiami.org or call (305) 375-1492



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Biscayne Bay Eco Explorers
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HomeMiami Waterkeeper is a South Florida Environmental Group that advocates for Swimmable, Drinkable, Fishable water for all. Working on sea rise, water pollution, coral reef protection, and water issue education.