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10-30-12 Calusa Blueway Paddling Festival

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10-30-12 Calusa Blueway Paddling Festival
Whereas: The Calusa Blueway Paddling Festival celebrates Lee County’s 190-mile canoe and kayak trail – The Calusa Blueway – and attracts 95,000 visitors yearly to its website; and Whereas: Lee County volunteers donate nearly 3,000 hours to the Blueway annually, which translates into about $60,000 of in-kind service; and Whereas: The 2012 festival, which begins its four-day run Thursday, Nov. 1, has support of lodging partners, outfitters, non-profits, local businesses, national sponsors and others; and Whereas: The festival – coordinated by Lee County Parks and Recreation – will be featured as the premier fall kayak festival nationwide, offering races, fishing, speakers, eco-family activities, guided tours, hospitality events, and the launch of its new smart-phone application; and Whereas: Said festival includes the 10 communities of Greater Pine Island, Fort Myers Beach, Sanibel, Captiva, Bonita Springs, Estero, Cape Coral, Fort Myers, North Fort Myers and Alva. NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Board of County Commissioners of Lee County, Florida does hereby continue to support the recreational opportunities and environmental stewardship the Blueway harbors and commits to future support of The Calusa Blueway Paddling Festival for the visitors and residents of this great county.