Kenny Chesney has announced that he has partnered up with Costa Sunglasses to build a conservation trust to build two reefs in the St. John River. The Coastal Conservation Association’s project to place two man-made reefs in the heart of St John’s River, less than half a mile from the downtown I-95 bridge. Teaming with the national Building Conservation Trust, Chesney’s matching the funds raised to help CCA complete their project.
“When you can have a hand in stewarding the health of the ocean,” Chesney said, “you’re insuring the survival of something very necessary for all of us, whether you’re a beach person or someone that won’t go near the water. The ecological balance is very delicate, especially in Florida, so I am honored to help them achieve this goal.”
The reefs will measure roughly 200 feet by 200 feet and will be composed of more than 30,000 cubic feet of concrete rubble. These reefs will be easily accessible by small boats and will provide much needed habitat and improved fishing in this section of the river, which is approximately 20 miles inland from the Atlantic.
Chesney explained, “Costa asked me what I wanted to do with the money raised through our sunglasses last year, and I told them I’d like what we do to be something that renews the waterways, so people can enjoy them the way so many of my friends and fans do. To protect the oceans, bays and rivers is our responsibility – and I’m glad we can make a difference in the St. John River.”
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