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STUART, Fla. (September 14, 2022) – The Martin County Office of Tourism & Marketing is thrilled to announce the Florida Oceanographic Society’s Ocean EcoCenter recently received the “Escape to the Southeast Travel Attraction of the Year” award at the Southeast Tourism Society’s Shining Example Awards. The ceremony was held on the evening of September 8, 2022, at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Charlotte Concord Golf Resort and Spa in Concord, NC during STS Connections.
“We want to thank the Southeast Tourism Society for recognizing the Ocean EcoCenter as the 2022 Escape to the Southeast Travel Attraction of the Year,” says Mark Perry, Executive Director of the Florida Oceanographic Society. “The Ocean EcoCenter provides interactive experiences for all ages to learn about Florida’s coastal ecosystems, and why it is so important to protect them. Winning this award is a huge honor for Florida Oceanographic Society and recognizes that we are fulfilling our mission to inspire environmental stewardship in the thousands of people who visit the Coastal Center each year.”
Debuted in July 2021 as part of the organization’s latest capital expansion, the attraction was also recently named a winner in 2022 Environmental Stewardship Awards, organized by Keep Martin Beautiful. The Ocean EcoCenter was one of sixteen award winners of the night. The Shining Example Awards Program, an industry fixture since 1985, recognizes outstanding contributions to travel and tourism within the Southeast United States. The Martin County Office of Tourism & Marketing nominated the Ocean EcoCenter for the prestigious award and accepted the honor on their behalf.
“The Florida Oceanographic Society has been a pillar of the community since its founding in 1964, and the Ocean EcoCenter allows the organization to share its noble mission with Martin County visitors and residents every single day,” says Nerissa Okiye, Tourism Director of the Martin County Office of Tourism & Marketing. “We’re truly grateful for this humbling recognition from the Southeast Tourism Society and we know the Ocean EcoCenter will leave a lasting legacy for future generations to come.”
Press Contact:
Ian Centrone
Tourism Public Relations and Community Liaison
Office: (772) 320-3157 | Mobile: (772) 361-2276 |
Encompassing the communities of Port Salerno, Stuart, Palm City, Jensen Beach, Indiantown, Jupiter Island, Hobe Sound, Sewall's Point, and Hutchinson Island, this hidden gem is a place for unwinding and reconnecting. The Martin County Office of Tourism and Marketing is the official tourism marketing arm of Martin County, Florida, whose goal is to provide information to those interested in Martin County and to spread the word about this one-of-a-kind destination.  
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