Blue Water

UMC 2022  FIELD TRIP

Friday, October 7th, 2022

From 8:30am to 5:00pm

Departure and Arrival from The Vinoy Hotel

Bus, Private Ferry, Boxed Lunch and Water are included in the price ($97).

St. Petersburg Maritime and Defense Technology Hub

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Egmont Key State Park

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St. Petersburg Maritime and Defense Technology Hub

The Maritime and Defense Technology Hub (Hub) in the St. Pete Innovation District brings together under one roof the triple helix of innovation: industry, government, and academia.  It takes advantage of increased funding for maritime and technology solutions by the State and Federal governments including the Department of Defense.   The Hub leverages the unique attributes of the building such as a workspace with port access, rooms designed for secure communications, and wet/chemical laboratories.

The Innovation District has curated a cluster of collaborative organizations as the sub-tenants in the Hub.  The sub-tenant leases are for a combination of dedicated office space and shared co-working areas.  The selected sub-tenants are aligned to the Grow Smarter and County target industries with particular attention on marine science and defense technology.

Egmont Key State Park

Although this park is primarily a wildlife refuge, it can be a personal refuge - a place to relax and collect shells along secluded, pristine beaches.

 

Accessible only by boat, Egmont Key has a unique natural and cultural history, including a lighthouse that has stood since 1858. During the 19th century, the island served as a camp for captured Seminoles at the end of the Third Seminole War and was later occupied by the Union Navy during the Civil War. In 1898, as the Spanish-American War threatened, Fort Dade was built on the island and remained active until 1923.

 

In addition to touring the historic sites and trails, visitors can enjoy swimming, fishing, wildlife viewing and picnicking. Egmont Key is located at the mouth of Tampa Bay, southwest of Fort De Soto Beach.

 

Due to the remote nature of the island, there is no drinking water on the island and there are no stores. Please remember to bring water, food and sunscreen when you visit.

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