Edgewater Justin Riney

Published on June 14th, 2013 | by NSB Observer

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Coastal Cleanup Hosted in Edgewater

EDGEWATER – Expedition Florida 500 (XF500) is a modern-day exploration of Florida’s coastline, waterways and aquatic ecosystem, as seen through the eyes of the waterman. 2013 is Florida’s 500th anniversary since Ponce de Leon landed on Florida’s coastline in 1513; in celebration of this momentous occasion, Mother Ocean has partnered with Viva Florida 500, the Florida Department of State, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Quiksilver Waterman Collection, Tahoe SUP and various others to embark on a yearlong journey combining the best of exploration, adventure, stewardship, science and sport into a package that will include the full gamut of the waterman’s lifestyle.

Mother Ocean’s Justin Riney is leading the movement for the entire 365 days; he is joined by partnering organizations, spending the first half of the year exploring the coastline and the second half traversing the inland waterways, lakes, springs and Everglades.

The expedition’s primary goal is to highlight the importance of stewardship efforts as they relate to Florida’s coastlines and waterways. XF500’s mission is to raise awareness for Florida’s diverse and natural resources, as well as the history and culture that surrounds them. Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner remarked that XF500 raises awareness of the unique landscape we have in our beautiful state and how we can all help to preserve, protect and enjoy it for the next 500 years.

“We are honored to be partnering with Mother Ocean, Inc. and Expedition Florida 500 for this statewide, yearlong adventure highlighting Florida’s cultural, historic and natural resources.”

In 2013, Florida will mark 500 years of history and diverse cultural heritage – a claim no other state in America can make – and promote the place where the world’s cultures began to unite and transform into the great nation we know today as the United States of America. Viva Florida 500 will take place year-round in 2013, and its many partners are planning more than 300 events statewide. The goal is to promote 500 years of Florida’s history– its people, places and cultural achievements – and this important milestone in American and Florida history. Learn more by visiting www.vivaflorida.org.

Follow the yearlong journey in detail at www.facebook.com/XF500, and learn more at www.motherocean.org.

Saturday June 15:

9 AM – 10AM: Ocean Hour Coastal Cleanup. Talk Florida with Justin Riney at George Kennedy Memorial Park, 103 N Riverside Drive, Edgewater, FL 32132

5:30 PM -7:30 PM: Meet & Greet Justin Riney, complimentary BBQ at Paddleboard New Smyrna177 N. Causeway, New Smyrna, FL 32169

Justin Riney will share his vision for Expedition Florida 500 and be on hand to answer questions about his journey. Bring your own kayaks and paddleboards to join Justin on the water. PFDs required.

* Photo courtesy of Expedition Florida 500 Facebook page

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