Happy Fall Ya’ll!
Fall typically means the return of pumpkin spice lattes, cinnamon and nutmeg, crisp cool air, colorful falling leaves, and sweatshirts. Although the Keys community never really gets to experience a typical fall season with crunchy, colorful leaves under our feet, we do enjoy the continuation of turquoise blue waters, flat calm days, salty hair, and a tropical breeze. Oh yes! Lest we forget the relentless heat and humidity of September (LOL), with extra-heightened attention towards the low-pressure systems being thrown our way off the west coast of Africa. We are beyond grateful to have barely missed Hurricane Laura and are hopeful to continue this trend throughout the rest of September and all of hurricane season. (Come on, November 30th!)
So far, the month of September has brought much joy to our locals with the DPMMR special called LOCAL LOVE. Every year, DPMMR gives back to our local Monroe county residents by offering each of our dolphin swim programs at the severely discounted rate of $50.00 per person. Normally, our programs range in price from $150.00 - $210.00, but currently, for the entire month of September, our in water programs are a mere $50.00 for our Florida Keys locals. So, as a back to school celebration and de-stressor, call to book your Local Love special today (305-453-4321) and reserve your spot!
In other exciting news, DPMMR is awaiting a brand new floating dock system to replace our current dilapidated, water-logged and rotten docks that are more than 15 years old. The staff, dolphins, and guests will all benefit from these new sturdy docks, which will have a lower profile and enable easier interactions between the trainers and guests and the dolphins.
Additionally, over the past few weeks, the DPMMR fundraising team has been working with the Schoonover Group, a management-consulting firm, to reformulate and restructure our Strategic Plan. Our immediate fundraising goals include raising enough money to secure a Bayside waterfront property that would allow DPMMR to conduct long-term rehabilitation for sick and injured whales and dolphins in Monroe County. This is a strong priority for DPMMR to encourage local rehabilitation, rather than transporting the animals outside of Monroe County, which causes stress and does not provide the best chance for success for these animals.
The DPMMR team hopes you and your family are staying safe and healthy as we enter the fall season of 2020 and deal with our new normal as our kids return to school virtually or modified in person. We hope you keep your chin up during these times of change and know that our marine mammal family of 7 Atlantic bottlenose dolphins awaits your return.