Pictured – Martha Wells (SFM Development Director), Marilyn Margold (SFM Director of Living Collections), Rae Dowling (SFM Board of Directors), Jessica Schubick (SFM Communications Manager), Brynne Anne Besio (SFM Executive Director), Hon. Larry Bustle (Chairman of the Board of County Commissioners, SFM Board of Directors)
(Bradenton, FL) The Manatee County Board of County Commissioners voted that “Snooty shall continue to be known, designated, and affirmed as the Official Mascot of Manatee County” at their meeting on June 18th, 2013. Snooty was originally given this designation on April 3, 1979. Chairman Larry Bustle made the presentation to his fellow Commissioners and presented representatives from the South Florida Museum with a formal Proclamation Certificate at the meeting.
This designation has been made in honor of Snooty’s standing as the world’s oldest known manatee, as a long-time Manatee County resident (since 1949!), and as a participant in the Manatee Rehabilitation and Release Partnership in which he hosts young injured or orphaned manatees in his pool until they are ready to be released into the wild. He is also recognized as an ambassador for wildlife preservation all over the world, having greeted more than 2 million on-site visitors in his lifetime and reaching countless people all over the world through the online Snooty Cam (SouthFloridaMuseum.org/TheAquarium/SnootyCam).
The recognition was made in advance of Snooty’s 65th Birthday Bash, Arts & Wildlife Awareness Festival on July 20, 2013 from 10 am – 2 pm. The Festival will offer games and activities for children of all ages in addition to hosting various state and community organizations which focus on wildlife awareness or the arts. The outdoor Festival will be free to the public; the South Florida Museum will be offering a reduced admission rate of $8 for adults, $7 for senior and $6 for children. The Festival will take place on 10th Street West, directly in front of the Museum at 201 10th Street West, as well as in the North parking lot of the Museum and in the Museum’s Spanish Courtyard Plaza – where visitors can see the underwater view of Snooty. Event parking is available in the City of Bradenton lot across from the Museum, in the parking structure on 10th Street West and Manatee Avenue, or on-street parking throughout downtown Bradenton. Please contact the South Florida Museum at 941-746-4131 or visit online at SouthFloridaMuseum.org for more information.
About the South Florida Museum
South Florida Museum is located at 201 10th Street West in downtown Bradenton. Check the website for current operating hours. General admission is $15.95 for adults, $13.95 for seniors (65 and over), $11.95 for children (ages 4-12). Children ages 3 and younger are admitted free when accompanied by a paying adult. South Florida Museum is currently celebrating 65 years of engaging and inspiring visitors and the community. South Florida Museum is the largest natural and cultural history museum on Florida’s Gulf Coast, featuring engaging exhibits as well as educational programs which interpret the scientific and cultural knowledge of Florida, the world and our universe. The facility includes the Bishop Planetarium Theater and Parker Manatee Aquarium which is home to Snooty™ the manatee, Manatee County’s most famous resident and the oldest known manatee in the world. For more information about hours, current exhibitions and special programs, please call 941-746-4131 or visit www.SouthFloridaMuseum.org.