Are you ready for some oceanic conservation fun? Then prepare yourself for the second annual Florida Fin Fest at Jacksonville Beach Seawalk Pavilion – September 17- 18th. It will be a fulfilled weekend with food trucks, local bands, workshops and panels about ocean conservation and more. Headlining is Band Be Easy, Moon Taxi and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer John Oates of Hall & Oates on Sunday. This event is free to the public with vip tickets on sale now at www.flfinfest.com.
Their website boast that the festival offers, “The Education Village, presented by Ocean Conservancy, immersive underwater VR experience, a mobile planetarium from Museum of Science and History (MOSH), touch tanks from Jacksonville University, and more! Florida Fin Fest provides a family-friendly environment with one-of-a-kind hands-on learning experiences, talks from renowned guest speakers and science experts, and a festival village full of brands focusing on sustainability, conservation, and environmentally friendly practices.’
Brothers Lukas and Niko Costas started the Florida Fin Fest to bring a one-of-a-kind event to the city of Jacksonville and to bring awareness to the general public about the ways citizens positively and negatively impact our oceans. The brothers are natives of Jacksonville Beach and are on a mission to inspire individuals to make positive changes in our local community. “Our goal is to create a world-class event where people worldwide look to Duval as the thought-leading city in the Southeastern United States to impact our local, state and national governments to protect our oceans,” said Lukas. As a team the brothers constantly reiterate that protecting the oceans is important, because if our oceans die we as humans die. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), over 50% of the oxygen we breathe comes directly from the ocean, so we need the ocean to survive.
In its second year, Florida Fin Fest attendees can listen to panel discussions on the critical ecosystem issues that plague our waterways and oceans; topics include marine debris, water quality and conservation. Growing up at the beach and compared to now, the brothers stated that the biggest obstacles in our ocean/earth ecosystem are Sea Level Rise and Adaptation, and Marine Science Conservation. One of the biggest and brightest satisfactions the brothers receive is the trips to high schools and universities sharing their message through partner organizations at across Jacksonville and St. John’s counties. For more visit: www.flfinfest.com.