Sean and Brooks Paxton, Internationally Recognized as the Shark Brothers, to Keynote Event; 2015 Inductee Into Charlotte County Tourism Hall of Fame Will Be Honored 

CHARLOTTE HARBOR & THE GULF ISLANDS, Fla. (April 09, 2015) – Members of the Charlotte Harbor & the Gulf Islands tourism community will come together to celebrate “Ecologinomical” values during a lunch at 11 a.m. on Friday, May 15 at the Englewood Event Center in Englewood, Fla. (3069 S. McCall Rd.)

Ecologinomical (adj): 
That which protects the ecology in order to preserve the economy. 

Hosted by the Charlotte Harbor Visitor & Convention Bureau, the event will emphasize the importance of ecotourism and sustainability within the destination and will feature a keynote address by Sean and Brooks Paxton, internationally recognized as the Shark Brothers. Various nature-based attractions will exhibit prior to the event, including a special appearance by the Peace River Wildlife Center’s Luna, a male leucistic screech owl. 

The 2015 inductee into the Charlotte County Tourism Hall of Fame will be honored in a ceremony following the keynote address. Established in 2014, the Charlotte County Tourism Hall of Fame was created to honor people whose body of work in support of Charlotte County tourism has been both exceptional and diverse. Nominations were accepted and the inductee was selected by a panel of judges composed of representatives from various aspects of the regional tourism industry and each geographic area of Charlotte County. The Charlotte County Tourism Hall of Fame is located in the Charlotte County Administration Building at 18500 Murdock Circle, Port Charlotte. 

Cost to attend the May 15 lunch is $20 per person. Members of the tourism industry are invited to attend and can do so by registering online at chgi.eventbrite.com  or by calling (941) 743-1900 no later than May 11, 2015. All tickets are general admission and there is no assigned seating. 

Keynote Speakers Sean and Brooks Paxton, the Shark Brothers
Sean and Brooks Paxton, also known as the Shark Brothers, are internationally recognized filmmakers and advocates for the sustainable use and enjoyment of natural resources. Headquartered in North Port, Fla., on the Myakka River, the Brothers specialize in producing educational entertainment content through their production company Shot Locker Productions. They have worked with Mote Marine Laboratory, Florida Aquarium and other research and exploration organizations in the areas of archeology, history, wildlife habitats and conservation, marine life and of course, sharks. The Brothers are recognized for their outspoken advocacy for the sustainable use and enjoyment of natural resources and the management of threatened or endangered wildlife and habitats. They have been featured during Discovery Channel’s Shark Week and have appeared on National Geographic, NBC, PBS and The Weather Channel as well as local and regional television programs. The Brothers also do work in support of several causes including education, engaging youth in connecting with nature through active outdoor recreational activities, and supporting members of the active military, veterans and civilian first responders. Learn more about Sean and Brooks Paxton at TheSharkBrothers.com.

Jimmy Dean, publisher of Harbor Style magazine, will serve as the lunch’s emcee.

Each year, the Charlotte Harbor Visitor & Convention Bureau conducts marketing, sales and promotional campaigns to increase awareness of and visitation to Charlotte County. In addition to generating economic contributions, the Charlotte Harbor Visitor & Convention Bureau is also focused on developing soft adventure or ecotourism, a low-impact industry enabling the county to preserve the invaluable natural resources that contribute to its ecological health, distinguish the area and draw visitors.

Images Available of Charlotte Harbor & the Gulf Islands and the Shark Brothers
https://www.dropbox.com/sh/84nvt4yeewyv3yl/AAAc0aj-2PYzEsaQIRn7B5Uqa?dl=0

About Charlotte Harbor & the Gulf Islands 
Located halfway between Tampa and Naples on the Southwest Florida Gulf Coast, Charlotte Harbor & the Gulf Islands is a charming collection of nine coastal communities surrounding the state’s second largest harbor. Florida’s premier year-round eco-tourism destination, the area offers a pristine unspoiled beauty. In 2014 Port Charlotte has been named the top U.S. Best Value Destination by trivago, the world’s largest online hotel search site, and the Charlotte Sports Park, spring training home of the Tampa Bay Rays, was voted “Best Spring Training Facility” by readers of USA TODAY. A haven for outdoor enthusiasts, Charlotte Harbor & the Gulf Islands has been named one of SAIL magazine’s “10 Greatest Places to Sail in the United States,” ranked by Golf Digest as “Third Best Place to Live and Play Golf in America,” and rated by MONEY magazine as one of the “Best Places to Live in the South.” Englewood was named second of the Top Ten emerging travel destinations in the U.S. by TripAdvisor.com. The area is served by five airports: The Punta Gorda Airport (PDG) with private and charter air service, Sarasota Bradenton International Airport (SRQ), Southwest Florida International Airport, Ft. Myers, (RSW), St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport (PIE) and Tampa International Airport (TPA).

For more information on visiting Charlotte Harbor visit www.CharlotteHarborTravel.com or call1-800-652-6090.
 
CONTACTS:    
Jennifer Huber                                
Tourism Public Relations Manager                                  
Charlotte Harbor Visitor & Convention Bureau            
(941) 743-1900                                                        
Jennifer.Huber@charlottecountyfl.gov  

Mary Jane Kolassa / Cindy Dobyns
Above Water Public Relations & Marketing
(407) 463-0040 / (239) 596-9149
MJKolassa@AboveWater.com  / CDobyns@AboveWater.com

Charlotte Harbor Visitor & Convention Bureau
18500 Murdock Circle, Suite B104
Port Charlotte, FL 33948
941-743-1900, FAX: 941-764-4932
www.CharlotteHarborTravel.com