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Thursday, September 24, 2009
Ocean Policy Task Force Lunch at Community Boating, 12:00 - 1:30 pm

President Obama’s Interagency Ocean Policy Task Force will hold a press conference on the ceremonial dock at India Point Park from 1:30 to 2:15 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 24, 2009 to talk about developing the National Ocean Policy and the importance of public participation.

Community Boating Center (CBC) will provide use of the center’s building at India Point from noon to 1:30 for the task force to have lunch and additional use of the CBC facility in the event of inclement weather for the press conference.

Later that afternoon, beginning at 4 p.m. at the Convention Center, the task force will hold one of 6 national public meetings to hear comments from the public on a national ocean policy. Providence was chosen for the only East Coast public meeting of the task force.

Speakers will include the chair of the task force, Nancy Sutley, chair of the Whitehouse Council on Environmental Quality, NOAA Administrator Dr. Jane Lubchenco, and several other federal officials on the task force, including officials from the U.S. Coast Guard, Dept. of Interior, Dept. of Health and Human Services and other agencies. Approx. 20 people from the task force and their staff are expected at the press conference.

John O’Flaherty, Executive Director of CBC commented, “We are thrilled to play a humble role in supporting this impressive team in their historic and invaluable mission to protect our oceans.”

Community Boating Center (CBC) is a non-profit, 501c3 recreational organization offering all members of the community an opportunity to sail. Located in India Point Park, CBC provides outreach, sailing lessons and affordable access to the Providence waterfront. Gifts of cash or property to CBC may be treated as charitable donations for Federal Tax purposes.

For additional information contact:

John O'Flaherty
Executive Director
Community Boating Center
India Point Park, 109 India St., Providence, RI 02903
tel: 401.454.SAIL (7245)

Learn More: Whitehouse Ocean Policy Task Force