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The White House
For Immediate Release

Obama Administration Officials Travel to Florida for Events Focused on Wetlands Restoration, Protection of the Everglades and Tour Region January 7-8

NAPLES. FL – Obama Administration officials will travel to Florida on Thursday and Friday, January 7-8, 2010 for the Picayune Strand Restoration project groundbreaking ceremony in Naples and the 25th Annual Everglades Coalition Conference in West Palm Beach.   During their trip, they will tour central and South Florida to view firsthand Federal and State activities and projects throughout the Everglades and the Kissimmee River region. 

WHO:   Nancy Sutley, Chair, White House Council on Environmental Quality
              Jo Ellen Darcy, Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works
              Sam Hamilton, Director, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
              Tom Strickland, Assistant Secretary, Department of the Interior

WHAT: Picayune Strand Restoration Project Groundbreaking Ceremony

WHEN: January 7, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. EST

WHERE: Intersection of 56th Avenue SE and the Merritt Canal in Eastern Collier County

WHAT: Nancy Sutley to speak at the 25th Annual Everglades Coalition Conference

WHEN: January 8, 2010 at 12:45 pm EST

                 400 Ave of the Champions
                 Palm Beach Gardens, FL