As many know by now, the 25th anniversary of FWRI’s open house, MarineQuest, was cancelled this year due to Tropical Storm Nestor, which brought severe thunderstorms and high winds to the Tampa Bay area. While the public open house on Saturday was cancelled, School Daze still went on without any issues on Thursday and Friday and many school-children were able to experience a day of fish and wildlife education and fun. There were some new editions this year, like the “Bat Bonanza” display that had visitors exploring a “cave” and examining real Florida bat specimens.
This is the first time MarineQuest has been cancelled in its history, which is itself something of an achievement. While it is unfortunate that FWRI had to cancel the event, the safety of staff and visitors takes precedence. We look forward to seeing everyone next year at MarineQuest 26!