On Thursday, August 15, The Deering Estate Foundation hosted Lt. Governor Jeanette Nuñez and other invited guests for a presentation of a State of Florida legislative appropriation of $200,000 to begin the renovation of a 10,700 sq. ft. field study research center. When completed, the facility will provide temporary living quarters for up to 14 researchers as well as house an archival library and a field staff office for the Deering Estate and The Deering Estate Foundation.
Special guests for the private tour included: Norman Mackey, Jr., Aide to Miami-Dade Mayor; Alex Ferro, Chief of Staff to Miami-Dade Mayor; Representative Javier Fernandez; Jennifer Tisthammer, Deering Estate Executive Director; Representative Vance Aloupis; Lt. Governor Jeanette Nuñez; David McDonald, DEF; Senator Jose Javier Rodriguez; Peter England, DEF; Becky Matkov, President, Deering Estate Foundation; Carole Wright, DEF; Commissioner Daniella Levine Cava; Maria McDonald, President, 100 Ladies of Deering; Bonnie Barnes, Executive Director, Deering Estate Foundation; and Cire Andino, Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces.