For the last 20 years, FOBB has been supporting all the programs of the CAMA office by advocating for and educating the public about the importance of the Bay and has worked to prevent the dredging and filling of the bay bottom and protect it from over development.
The FOBB board is made up of some of the best experts, including Bruce Matheson as president, Laura Reynolds as vice president, and advisors Leigh Buckner, Pamela Sweeney, Laura Eldredge, Paul J. Schwiep, Steve Leidner, Gary Milano, and Charles Munroe.
This area is a favorite destination for recreational pursuits such as fishing, boating, kayaking, snorkeling, swimming, and diving.
Water-based tourism and recreation are major sources of revenue, jobs, and income for the Miami area. Unfortunately, the Bay’s health has been steadily declining, with more than 20 square miles of seagrass dying since 2005.
The die-off of seagrasses presents a major threat to the ecosystem as well as to the many fisheries and jobs that depend on them.
Additionally, harmful stormwater runoff has affected seagrass areas of Biscayne Bay and there is an ongoing $3 million effort to remediate this.