The MAGLITE FOUNDATIONsm is a non-profit Croatian
entity, which was established in 1997 by Mag Instrument.
Anthony Maglica, President and Founder of Mag
Instrument, is the President of the Managing Board for
The Foundation logo shown to the right
symbolizes a globe with light emanating from the
Maglite Corporate Headquarters in Ontario, California
in North America to the Adriatic Sea.
The Maglite Foundationís purpose is to facilitate the
clean up of the Adriatic region as well as to support
environmental protection efforts and preservation of
this delicate ecosystem in order to preserve its natural
beauty and safeguard its resources. The Foundation
also hopes to facilitate the economic revitalization of
this region consistent with these goals, primarily
through job creation and other economic stimulus.
The Foundationís initial focus has been on the island
of Zlarin off the coast of Sibenik. Zlarin (an island
approximately 6 kilometers long and 2 kilometers wide)
is located on the Dalmation coast. It is one of four
inhabited islands belonging to the town of Sibenik, the
gateway to the national parks in the Krka river gorge
and the Kornati Islands. Zlarin is within swimming
distance of the mainland, or if you prefer, just a 30
minute boat ride from the Sibenik ferry terminal.
Zlarinís beautiful coast and clear waters are a haven
for summer yachters traveling the Adriatic coast. Its
picturesque small village dating back to the 1400ís is
a photographerís dream and its pristine coves a
paradise for swimmers and summer sunbathers.
In May 2000, the Maglite Foundationsm commissioned
a study to identify and explore the potential for
socioeconomic development on Zlarin. The Maglite Foundationsm sponsored a team of instructors and
students from the College of Environmental Design at
the California State Polytechnic University, Pomona to
spend a week gathering data about the island from the
local government in Sibenik. Subsequently, an urban
design course being taught at the University prepared
multiple scenarios for developing the island consistent
with the Foundation objectives.
Although born in New York City, Mr. Maglica was raised
on the Island of Zlarin. Several years ago Mr. Maglica
went back to visit his boyhood home and noted the
extent of pollution on and around the island. Trash
was dumped everywhere on the island or weighted
down with rocks and thrown into the sea. Tony was
so distraught that he created the Maglite Foundationsm
immediately upon his return and went about designing
and fabricating a world class incinerator for the island.
Today, a state of the art incinerator and related
infrastructure improvements have been constructed.
The Foundation also donated a fire engine to the
island (its first!). An opening ceremony commemorating
the start-up of the incinerator and related clean-up efforts
is planned for 2010. For more information and to provide
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