Crist on the Key
July 16, 2010
MIAMI — July 14, 2010 — Florida Governor Charlie Crist hosted a high profile roundtable discussion at the University of Miami (UM) Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science on Virginia Key to discuss the oil spill and the ban on offshore drilling. Among the participants in the discussion were: Florida Senator Alex Villalobos; Representatives Marcelo Llorente and Ron Brisé; Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Alvarez; Village of Key Biscayne Vice Mayor Michael Davey; North Miami Beach Councilwoman Barbara Kramer; Miami Dade Commissioner Katie Sorensen; UM Rosenstiel School Dean Roni Avissar; UM Professors James Englehardt, Jerald Ault and Hans Graber; Miami Dade Director of Emergency Management Curt Sommerhoff; Legislative Assistant to Representative Dwight Bullard, Mario Bailey; Marc Sarnoff’s Chief of Staff Ron Nelson; and former Senator Ron Silver.
From the earliest days of the incident over two months ago, researchers and experts from disciplines across UM have been involved in monitoring the spill and helping to prepare for the long-term consequences of this ecological disaster. For more information please visit the Rosenstiel School’s educational site at www.rsmas.miami.edu/oil-spill.
After the roundtable discussion, Governor Crist stopped in for an unannounced visit with 25 high school seniors from the Integrated Marine Program and College Training (IMPACT) Project and their mentors. Established in 1999, IMPACT is a collaboration between the Miami Science Museum, Miami Dade County Public Schools, the Rosenstiel School and the US Department of Education. The program helps to prepare low income, first-generation students for postsecondary study, with an emphasis on math, science, and technology.