The Everglades Foundation Board and Staff in September extended its heartfelt sympathy on the passing of its beloved Board member, Jimmy Buffett. Buffett, 76, died Sept. 2 surrounded by family and friends.
In addition to his well-known singing, songwriting and business endeavors, Jimmy was passionate about the Everglades and Florida’s magnificent waterways.
Since joining the Foundation’s Board in 2005, Jimmy contributed immeasurably to the mission to restore and protect America’s Everglades. In addition to contributing to Florida Bay Forever, the book marking the Foundation’s 20th anniversary, Jimmy and his daughter, Savannah, have shared their time and love for Florida’s waters by incorporating the importance of our mission in music.
Jimmy Buffett has left an indelible mark on The Everglades Foundation. His talent and adoration for the Everglades and Florida’s way of life will remain unmatched. The Foundation committed to continuing to focus on restoring the flow of clean freshwater through the Everglades and into Florida Bay as Jimmy so deeply valued.
On Sept. 7, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis ordered flags at half-staff at the state Capitol, and in Key West in honor of Buffett.
“To commemorate his life and legacy, I hereby direct the flags of the United States and the State of Florida to be flown at half-staff at the Monroe County Courthouse in Key West, Florida, City of Key West City Hall, and at the State Capitol in Tallahassee, Florida, from 5:00 PM today (Sept. 7) to 5:00 PM on Friday (Sept. 8)…because it’s always five o’clock somewhere,” the proclamation read.
Buffett was an inductee of the Florida Artists Hall of Fame.