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12/4/2019 Member News

Tampa Bay Watch Announces Executive Director for Discovery Center

Tierra Verde, FL - Tampa Bay Watch, the operator of the new Tampa Bay Watch Discovery Center at the St. Pete Pier, is proud to welcome Dwayne Virgint, as its Executive Director.

Dwayne is a highly qualified professional who brings a variety of experience, expertise and diversity to Tampa Bay Watch. “I am very proud and excited to welcome Dwayne. Our Discovery Center at the new St. Pete Pier is expected to host 100,000 visitors in its first year and creates a powerful public face for our mission to restore and protect Tampa Bay,” states Peter Clark, President of Tampa Bay Watch.

As Executive Director, Dwayne Virgint is responsible for the completion, launch and operations of the new 3000 sq. ft. Tampa Bay Watch Discovery Center. Dwayne brings more than 25 years of executive experience in leadership, operations and management of mission-based organizations including zoos, aquariums, and museums. He served over twelve years as the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center and its affiliated companies in Albuquerque, NM. Dwayne earned a bachelor’s degree in advertising from the University of Bridgeport. His goal is to ensure that generations of young leaders will continue the mission of protecting the bay and the world’s ocean.

Tampa Bay Watch, Inc., is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to the protection and restoration of the marine and wetland environments of the Tampa Bay estuary through scientific and educational programs. Incorporated in 1993, Tampa Bay Watch performs habitat restoration and protection activities throughout the year, relying heavily on the efforts of community volunteers. These programs seek to build citizen awareness, concern and participation through environmental outreach. In early 2020, Tampa Bay Watch will open its second facility at the new St. Pete Pier. The Tampa Bay Watch Discovery Center will include a 2000 sq. ft interactive visitor experience showcasing the economic, ecological and recreational value of the Tampa Bay estuary to residents and visitors; an educational component to expand environmental and educational outreach programs to Tampa Bay area schools, residents and visitors, and a dedicated Eco-tour boat offering on-water environmental programming and tours. For more information, please go to www.tampabaywatch.org/discovery-center.