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Sanctuary Tourism and Recreation Working Group (STAR)

The Sanctuary Advisory Council (AC) unanimously voted in support of creating a ‘Recreation and Tourism Subcommittee’ at the December 2013 meeting. The working group was voted to become a working group at the April 2017 meeting. The aim of this group is to help support our shared goals of:

  1. improving sanctuary awareness;
  2. cross-promoting a myriad of recreation & tourism adventures available;
  3. adding value to local businesses seeking broader marketing strategies by highlighting their unique proximity to a national marine sanctuary.

One of the popular mechanisms to meet the above goals is the development of bi-monthly newsletters. You can access past issues (as pdf’s) here:

Should you wish to sign up for these newsletters, please contact AC member Brian Nelson at: to subscribe. Please note, these newsletters are a work-product of the AC working group and not an official MBNMS correspondence.

This working group is comprised of SAC members who have a direct linkage to the tourism and recreation industry, a strong connectivity to area business, a history of positive cross promotion opportunities for the constituency they represent, and a willingness to contribute to the working group in a meaningful and productive way. Current members include:

Mr. Brian NelsonChair
Dive Boat Captain
PADI Course Director
City of Monterey - Marine Operations Specialists
(408) 483-8721
Mr. Gary Pezzi
Associate Vice President
Morgan Stanley
(831) 419-3252
Mr. Barton Selby
(650) 245-1974
Ms. Margaret Webb
(805) 927-2987
Mr. Michael Bekker
Cannery Row Company
(831) 649-2603
Ms. Cynthia Mathews
Santa Cruz City Council Member
(831) 423-8977
Mr. Dan Haifley
(831) 234-8148

For more information, please contact:

Lisa Uttal
Education Specialist
110 Shaffer Road, Rm 228B
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Phone: (831) 420-3664
Fax: (831) 420-3980


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