Florida Gulf Coast Hope Spot Festival

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February 12th, 2022

Edgewater Park, Dunedin FL

10am - 6pm

FREE

Join us at Edgewater Park in downtown Dunedin to celebrate the Florida Gulf Coast Hope Spot! Ocean exhibitors will be highlighting our special waters during this eco-friendly event alongside exhibitors and vendors offering food, drinks, live music, hands-on activities and educational experiences. Featuring DJ MultiPlayer Agency on the mic from 10-4pm and Jesse Ray Stout on the guitar from 4-6pm. Make your own eco-friendly outfit out of all eco-friendly, recycled or recyclable material and enter into our Costume and Wearable Art Contest. Prizes available for adults and children! Participate in a shoreline cleanup and contribute to a community art installation let by SHAMc Artreach.  Children can also participate in our Passport Program, visiting each participating booth and getting a stamp on their passport to qualify for great prizes!

 

Tickets available below for "Eat/Drink Local" with tastes from Dunedin establishments.  We are proud to announce that our food and craft will be using compostable and reusable supplies.  By dining or shopping at the Florida Gulf Coast Hope Spot Festival, attendees are supporting local, sustainable businesses and a shared mission to minimize waste and eliminate unnecessary plastics from our oceans and our planet.

Get Involved!

Become an Exhibitor

Are you an ocean focused organization or an eco-friendly exhibitor that has a product, activity, or educational experience? If so, apply for a booth today!

Scheduled Speakers & Activities

Participate in yoga, dance and other guided movements, get up close and personal with live native animals or hear your favorite speaker talk about the Florida Gulf Coast Hope Spot, turning waste into energy, permaculture, and more!

Eat & Drink Local Tickets

Get your tickets now!  Includes food, desserts, beer, wine and tropical drink samples donated by local businesses. Take home a commemorative Hope Spot mug featuring "Sylvia the Turtle" from Dunedin's water tower artist, Tom Stovall.  Only 100 tickets available!

Become a Student Entrepreneur

Are you a K-12 student with an entrepreneurial spirit?  Do you have a passion and product to sell?  Apply for a booth today!

Participate in a Shoreline Cleanup

This waterfront cleanup ends at the Hope Spot Festival where local artists from SHAMc's Artreach will upcycle the trash by guiding the creation of a community contributed sculpture.

Become a Sponsor

Our sponsors make our events possible! Many of our supporters are involved in conservation, restoration, and education activities.

Hope Spot Anniversary Gala

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February 27th, 2022

Fenway Hotel, Dunedin FL

5:00pm - 9:00pm

$75 - $100

 

 

It’s time for Blue-Green Connections’ annual celebration of our Florida Gulf Coast Hope Spot. Join us for an elegant evening gala at the historic Fenway Hotel in Dunedin. Captivating speakers will engage a roomful of guests enjoying gourmet hors d’oeuvres from 360 Eats and a plated dinner and dessert from HEW Parlor & Chophouse. Hear about the importance of the Florida Gulf Coast and the many on-going efforts to keep it around for generations to come.

Specialty Hope Spot beverages will be available for purchase in commemorative Hope Spot mugs.

Early Bird tickets available now in limited quantities!  Early Bird tickets available now in limited quantities!

Speakers Include:

  • Paige Konger-Henry - Blue-Green Connections Board of Directors
  • Cameron Macleish - CEO & Founder 360 Eats
  • Dr. TH Culhane - Director of Climate Change and Sustainability at USF Patel College of Global Sustainability
  • Dr. Laura Harrison and Dr. Brooke Hansen, USF Egmont Key Project
  • Dr. Ryan Orgera - Ocean Conservationist
  • Ed Sherwood - Director Tampa Bay Estuary Program
  • Natalie Gass - City of Dunedin Sustainability Coordinator
  • Shelby Thomas – CEO & Founder Ocean Rescue Alliance | 1000 Mermaids Artificial Reef Project

Join Us For An Elegant Evening!

Purchase Your Tickets Today

Early Bird tickets are available until January 31st, 2022. Regular priced tickets are available until February 27th, 2022.

Learn More About Our Venue

Fenway Hotel, Autograph Collection

Address: 453 Edgewater Drive, Dunedin, FL 34698

Phone Number: 727-683-5999

Our Sponsors & Supporters

This is just the beginning!  Collaboration with supporting organizations and research institutions will continue to grow.  We are fortunate to have a long list of supporters for the Florida Gulf Coast Hope Spot, many of whom are already involved in conservation, restoration, and education activities.  Blue-Green Connections will coordinate brainstorming and information sharing sessions and facilitate the implementation of similar activities up and down the Florida Gulf Coast.  Many thanks to all of these supporters!

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