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11-1-2011 Calusa Blueway Paddling Festival

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11-1-2011 Calusa Blueway Paddling Festival
The Calusa Blueway Paddling Festival being held November 3rd through November 6th has a series of firsts in its sixth year of celebrating Lee County’s 190-mile canoe and kayak trail called The Calusa Blueway; and Whereas: This is the first year it has a signature sponsor, Seattle-based Canoe & Kayak magazine; and Whereas: This is the first year the festival -- coordinated by Lee County Parks & Recreation – will be held on the gorgeous Sanibel Causeway Island A; and Whereas: The festival will feature the first-ever Calusa Classic and Calusa Dash, both competitive, high-caliber races for canoeists, kayakers and stand-up paddleboarders from across the nation; and Whereas: This is the first year the event’s sprawling 10-day format has been consolidated into a four-day, all-inclusive event that will boost its economic impact; and Whereas: The 2011 festival for the first time has a major partnership with the statewide Florida Paddling Trails Association to elevate paddling opportunities in the Sunshine State as well as here at home. NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED THAT THE Board of County Commissioners of Lee County, Florida, does hereby recognize the “firsts” of the 2011 event and continues to support the recreational opportunities and environmental stewardship the Calusa Blueway harbors and commits to future support of The Calusa Blueway Paddling Festival for the visitors and residents of this great county. Duly executed this 1st day of November, 2011. BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS LEE COUNTY, FLORIDA