A Bit About Us

Our mission is to create an active community that will work together to ensure that the coastal systems of North East Florida will remain a beautiful part of our local environment and provide a safe place for coastal residents to recreate for future generations.

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Kaileen Boccio, President

Kaileen earned her degree in Biology at the University of North Florida in 2019, primarily working on research related to how temperature-dependent sex determination in American Alligator egg development could be severely threatened by climate change.  She has spent much of her time over the past few years volunteering at the Whitney Lab Sea Turtle Hospital and working for Beach Services in St. John's County. 

"I'm a St. Augustine native, born and raised. I can't think of a better way to use my passion for science and conservation to serve the community I grew up in."

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Summer Manestar,

Vice President

Summer is a St. Augustine beach local whose love for the ocean and conservation began at a young age. She attended Flagler College where she earned a degree in Coastal Environmental Science, and will soon be attending Florida Atlantic University to pursue a M.S. in Marine Science and Oceanography. In addition to Keepers of the Coast, she also works for St. John’s County Beach Services which has allowed her to have some incredible experiences with local wildlife. When she’s not working, she enjoys SCUBA diving and practicing yoga.

 

“I hope that Keepers of the Coast shows people that anyone can play a part, big or small, in protecting and preserving our coastal ecosystems.”

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