Florida Tech President and CEO Anthony J. Catanese has been elected to the Indian River Lagoon National Estuary Program Management Board. The NEP was created by the federal government to preserve, protect, and enhance the nationally-designated estuaries, of which the IRL is the largest and most diverse. Catanese said that this is one of the most important assignments he has been given, and he hopes to play a part in restoring and improving our “wonderful lagoon.”
“There are growth management, environmental and economic development challenges that we can plan for to meet our commonly held goals,” he said.
Catanese has also been appointed to the Board of Directors of the Allen Broussard Conservancy, popularly known as Forever Florida. This not-for-profit foundation conserves a large area of Central Florida, south of Holopaw. Funding comes in large part from cattle and horse operations as well as an entertainment park featuring nature walks, camping, horseback riding, roundups and even a roller coaster zipline. Catanese said that this is an innovative and creative approach to protecting and preserving a large part of Old Florida.
“It demonstrates that committed private citizens can achieve lofty goals and traditions,” he said.