TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Governor Charlie Crist recognized Jimmy Buffett as a Point of Light for his work to help families and businesses of the Gulf Coast recover from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The recognition also honors Buffett for his long-standing commitment to promoting and protecting Florida's unique coastal environments and wildlife.
"Jimmy has displayed unwavering devotion and support to Florida and her natural resources for many years, and he has once again risen to the occasion in the wake of this tragic oil spill," said Governor Crist. "His efforts to bring awareness and aid to Florida in times of need have been unprecedented."
On July 11, 2010, Buffett held a benefit concert to bring awareness to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, strengthening tourism to the region and raising money for wildlife recovery. The concert drew 37,000 attendees to the area. He is also financing shallow draft boats that will be used to aid in the clean up effort.
For over 25 years, the Palm Beach native has been devoted to serving Florida's environmental interests. In 1982, he co-created the Save the Manatee club which led to the creation of the Save the Manatee club license plate in 1992. In 2005, he held a relief concert, raising $4 million for the communities in Florida affected by devastating hurricane damage. Buffett has also been a long time advocate for maintaining and restoring the Florida Everglades, Big Cypress Swamp, and the Florida Keys.