Voices of the Gulf
Scott Saunders: Restoration is Good Business
Water adventure guides share their love of the Gulf with customers.
Business and community leaders in the Gulf clearly recognize the important link between a healthy environment and a thriving, resilient economy. Here is one example of a leader working to make a difference in the Gulf.
Scott Saunders is the President and CEO of Fury Water Adventures, the largest water adventure business in the Gulf. It employs more than 125 people full and part time. It began in 1993 and continues to operate more successfully each and every year but to continue this operation, it depends on a healthy Gulf. Fury is the only watersports company in the Florida Keys that has earned the Dolphin SMART and Blue Star certifications from the National Marine Sanctuary Program, and it donates a portion of its ticket price toward reef restoration.
"As a 4th generation Key West native, I believe I grew up in paradise. Fifty years later, I continue to enjoy the beautiful Key West water and sunsets but now get to share these experiences with the hundreds of people everyday who come aboard one of our Fury catamarans. I view the Gulf as a 'one of a kind' resource that has species and ecosystems like nothing else. Having spent a lot of days of my life on the Gulf, I've seen a lot of change, from water quality issues to a general decline in the resource."
"A restoration effort for the Gulf will not only preserve this one of kind ecosystem, but will also allow businesses that depend on this resource to exist into the future. By making efforts to restore the Gulf, this will allow existing and future businesses to thrive. I'm optimistic that with pro-active management, the resource can continue to do well and thrive into the future."