Conservation made fun

Published: Thursday, January 24, 2013 at 09:27 AM.

“I should be finished with the coastline and be in Jacksonville on July 4 and then I will move inland,” Riney said.

And while it is true that Riney alone will cover the entire breadth and width of Florida’s waterways, he is not alone and that is part of the allure of the project.

Along the way, Riney and fellow paddlers put on events, particularly at schools, trying to “plant the seeds as early as we can,” Riney said.

There are cleanups, such as the one at Frank Pate Park in Port St. Joe on Monday. The goal, engage the public along the way, create in them the passion that Riney feels about his native state and its waters.

“Literally, hundreds of people have joined me along the way,” Riney said. “We’ve had a lot of events, a lot of interaction along the way.

“Everywhere we go we do cleanups. One of the unique aspects is we do engage the community to come out.”

Riney’s project sprouted from his roots.



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