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1st Annual Mother Ocean Day Celebration and Recognition of XF500

This weekend, The Paddle House and Miami Kayak Club are hosting the Expedition Florida 500 (XF500) team as they make their way through Miami. In support of their stewardship efforts we have scheduled two events this weekend. Please join us on Saturday, May 11th, at Curtis Park and E.G. Sewell Park for a Miami River clean-up and welcome reception; and/or Sunday, May 12th, for a clean-up of Biscayne Bay from Shake-A-Leg Miami in Coconut Grove with FREE Mother's Day Brunch for event participants, compliments ofWNF Law, P.L.

We are also excited and proud to announce that late last week; the City of Miami approved our request to declare the Saturday before Mother’s Day, Mother Ocean Day. The Honorable Tomas Regalado, Mayor of Miami, will be onsite at E.G. Sewell Park this Saturday for the proclamation. Justin Riney of Mother Ocean and lead of XF500 will have a presentation on the team's exploration so far and to follow.

Castaways Against Cancer will be onsite; they are raffling a Kayak and Paddle as a fundraiser for their annual paddle from Miami to Key West raising awareness and funds for cancer research. Raffle tickets will be available at both events.



Saturday, May 11th
9:00 - 11:00 AM - Ocean Hour on the Miami River

On-Water Participants

Meet and Launch from Curtis Park paddle to EG Sewell -- Parking and Launch at Curtis Park is free. Clean your way to Sewell Park about 1/2 mile downriver or come to the park to help with on-land efforts
Curtis Park, 1901 NW 24th Avenue, Miami, FL -- Launch at the public boat ramp.

On-Land Participants

Meet at EG Sewell Park, Clean-up the banks of the river or help with invasive plant removal. (led by Miami River Commission, MIRA USA; invasive identification led by City of Miami Botanist)

Trash bags, gloves, tools and water provided courtesy of the Miami River Commission.

11:00 - 12 Noon - Proclamation & Presentation

Meet at E.G. Sewell Park, where The Honorable Tomas Regalado, Mayor of Miami presents the Proclamation of Mother Ocean Day and Volunteer Recognition;
Justin Riney speaks on XF500 Presentation. Refreshments and Awards
E.G. Sewell Park, 1801 NW S River Drive, Miami, FL -- Limited Parking. This is the location of the presentation. Only those participating in the on-land clean-up should park at this location.

On-water participants please park and launch at Curtis Park.

Noon to Whenever

On your own or with your friends, enjoy the fruits
of your labor at the parks or on the Miami River.

Sunday, May 12th -- The Mother of all Ocean Clean-ups

10:00 - 11:30 AM -- Ocean Hour on Biscayne Bay. Launch from Shake-A-Leg Miami, 2620 S. Bayshore Drive, Coconut Grove, FL

11:30 - 1:00 PM -- FREE Mother's Day Brunch presented byWNF Law, P.L. and XF500 Presentation

Need a boat or a board? Can you help organize volunteers? Kayaks and paddle boards are available from The Paddle House. For this event Singles are $25, Tandems are $35 with proceeds going towards the weekend clean-up events. Call The Paddle House for reservations on either day, at[masked], or e-mail [masked]

Mother Ocean Day 2013 is the first annual event in observance of which individual members of the community are encouraged to gather to take action in the spirit of volunteerism, cooperation, to engender stewardship of our oceans and waterways; highlighting the impact each singular act of service can effect on the World around. Please join us, by land or by sea, as we highlight the wonderful waters we are so fortunate to enjoy and the wonderful people who by giving just a small amount of time have such a tremendous positive influence in our community. Be a part of the change that makes our World, our waters, a better place now and for generations to follow. Let Mother’s Day Weekend become the time of year we honor all our mothers, Mother Ocean, Mother Earth and our very own Moms.

Organizations participating in the clean-up are encouraged to bring banners and informational materials. Please let us know you are coming, we would like to honor you as well. Contact Esther Alonso-Luft at [masked].


XF500, a project of the Mother Ocean, is a modern-day exploration of Florida’s coastline, waterways, and aquatic ecosystem as seen through the eyes of the team and the team leader and founder, Justin Riney. 2013 is Florida’s 500th anniversary since Ponce de Leon landed on Florida's coast in 1513; in celebration of this momentous occasion, the team embarked on a yearlong journey combining the best of exploration, adventure, stewardship, science, and sport. The expedition’s primary goal is to highlight the importance of stewardship efforts as they relate to the ocean, coastlines, waterways, and the marine ecosystem. Florida is unique in that it embodies the entire aquatic ecosystem from source to sea – one of the few places on Earth with such a vast array of thriving wildlife and a natural environment based around water.

Help us make our waters a little better this weekend by giving just a few hours of your time this Saturday or Sunday, or both. Share with all your friends and ask them to sign-up so we have a count. They can also register by e-mailing me at [masked]. Rentals must be reserved in advance, call The Paddle House 786.307.3816.


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  • Esther

    Special thanks to all the volunteers. Especially Donna who quietly works behind the scenes to get things done.

    May 15, 2013

  • Scott

    The Castaways Against Cancer will be there to do our part, and will be selling raffle tickets to WIN A KAYAK, courtesy of The Paddle House and Ocean Kayak.

    May 7, 2013

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