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The St. Augustive Record
“Longtime Florida Scenic Highway Coordinator for District Five Garry Balogh and Florida State Transportation Landscape Architect Jeff Caster presented the 2015 Garry Balogh Inspiring Excellence Award to the Friends of A1A Scenic & Historic Coastal Byway June 25.
Balogh, a senior enviromental scientist for the Florida Department of Transportation for 20 years officially retires June 30. Balogh has been part of the Florida Scenic Highways Program since its inception 19 years ago and is known in the scenic highway community for his dedication and expertise.
“I reached out to Garry and told him I wanted a way to recognize people who do great things for the highway and I want to name it after you,” Caster told Balogh.
Friends of A1A Scenic & Historic Coastal Byway was selected for the first award from the 25 Florida Scenic Highways around the state for it’s completed projects, special events and commitment to raising awareness of environmental issues that directly affect the 72 miles of coastal corridor that runs from Ponte Vedra to Flagler Beach.
“We asked Garry to select the first recipients,” Caster said. “He really wanted A1A to get the first award. It was really heartfelt for Garry.”
During his tenure, Balogh assembled the largest collections of Florida Scenic Highways in the state, leading eight corridors through the designation process with a ninth pending.
“To say that he goes above and beyond is an understatement,” Caster said. “He believes in the organizations he mentors and believes the work they do will have a lasting impact on the places they love.”
Members of the A1A Scenic Highway community met at Matanzas Innlet Restaurant to celebrate his legacy, raising a toast to his life’s work including Anne Wilson, Charlie Helm, Mary Ann Ruzecki and Al Hadeed who helped start the designation of the A1A Scenic Highway.
“We are honored to receive the very first Garry Balogh Inspiring Excellence Award,” said Danielle Anderson, president of the Friends of A1A Scenic & Historic Coastal Byway.
“The sheer magnitude of what has been accomplished over the years through the program has brought together volunteers, like-minded individuals from our community who have worked with state and local officials to preserve, protect and promote the incredible resources we have here along the scenic highway. Garry has been our rock over the years providing leadership and guidance that will be difficult to replace,” Anderson said.
The award is the highest honor bestowed by the Florida Scenic Highways Program and focuses on leadership, innovation, stewardship or inspiring achievements that have made a significant and lasting impact on one or more of the scenic highways, scenic highway communities or the statewide program.”
The image above shows Waukulla Springs on the left, cranes in flight at St. Marks Wildlife Refuge on the right, and an inset image of St. George Island Lighthouse.
The image above shows musicians at the Spring Frolic at the Barberville Pioneer Settlement for the Arts, a turtle floating in Fern Hammock Springs (one of many amazing springs on this byway) and a glass-bottom boat gliding in Silver Springs, which until very recently was a theme park, but is now has free access. The boat tours are still there for those who want to do it (it was always the central attraction at the park.)
The first photo on the left if by Jeff Graves, and other photos are by Art Seitz. The inset photo is the Hillsboro Lighthouse.
Image caption: The first image on the left is the weekly farmer’s market in historic downtown DeLand, the second photo shows the beautiful blue waters at DeLeon Springs State Park, and the inset image shows a pioneer re-enactor musician at the Barberville Pioneer Settlement for the Arts.
Image caption: The background image is the Canaveral National Seashore, the first inset image is an aerial of Sebastian Inlet, and the last image is a rocket launch along the Space Coast.
These images give some idea of what it’s like to drive this lovely area.
The left trees are from Lake Wales Trail, and the right image is an inhabitant you might run into along the byway.
The image above shows (from left to right) Ed Walline Park, Draper Lake, and Choctawhatchee Bay.
The first image on the left is a heron at Payne’s Prairie, second is the Wood & Swink Country Store and US Post Office in Evinston, third is bicycle riders at Mosswood Farm Store.
The first image on the left is Flagler Beach, the second image is the historic Bridge of Lions in St. Augustine, and the final image is a view from a turret at the Castillo de San Marcos.
â€œThe Gradeâ€ showcases some of South Floridaâ€™s colorful past with a 12 mile road shaded by hundred-year-old oak trees. The Grade is also rich in
Â history. Members of the byway consider western Martin County as Floridaâ€™s last frontier with a corridor story that speaks to the Seminoles who first inhabited this area, early developers in the region and connecting the east coast with Lake Okeechobee. The byway is in close proximity to the Allapattah Flats Wildlife Management Area and the Allapattah Ranch, which offers recreation opportunities for visitors including hiking, camping, hunting and equestrian trails.
Check out their website here http://martingrade.org/
Orlando Wetlands Park Festival
Orlando, FL â€“ Come and enjoy the Orlando Wetlands Festival on Saturday, February 21, 2015, from 9am-3pm at Fort Christmas Park. The Orlando Wetlands Festival is an opportunity to celebrate the Orlando Wetlands Park, the Cityâ€™s 1,650 acre wetland oasis. The event is sponsored by: City of Orlando, Orange Audubon Society, and Orange County Parks and Recreation.
On February 21, 2015, come and experience this unique wetland treatment system with the entire family. Event co-sponsor, Orange Audubon Society, will lead guided bird-watching excursions. The Florida Native Plant Society will lead native plant identification hikes; while, the Florida Trail Association will be providing wilderness hikes. Guided photo hikes will also be available and led by professional nature and wildlife photographers.
For those who like to sit and ride, guided bus tours will travel along the wetland berms, giving riders a chance to experience firsthand, Floridaâ€™s wild wetlands. Hay rides will also give riders a chance to relax and take in the scenery.
In addition to the numerous guided tours, there will be bird-banding and mist-netting demonstrations, as well as, live music by Homer Stiles and magical comedy provided by Brian Staron. Featured in the various wildlife shows, many different live animals will be present such as alligators, snakes, birds and many others. Also, the Cityâ€™s Families, Parks and Recreation Department will be giving away free backyard trees in celebration of Arbor Day.
There will be many interactive childrenâ€™s activities (like Out-On-A-Limb kids tree climbing), bounce houses and much more! So bring the whole family and invite your friends and neighbors to this fun, free educational festival. Bring your cameras, and prepare for an adventure in the wilderness. Please leave your pets at home; there are wild animals. Food will be available for purchase. Free admission and free door prizes! For more information: call Orlando Wetlands Park 407-568-1706.
Directions:To get to the Park, take S.R. 50 to Christmas, Florida. Turn north onto 420, Ft. Christmas Rd. Continue north 1.8 miles. Fort Christmas Park will be on your left. Free parking will be located on your right across from Fort Christmas Park. The address is 1300 North Fort Christmas Road, Christmas, FL 32709.
39-Mile Scenic Highway Yard Sale is November 1, 2014 from 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. and sellers and buyers alike have a special opportunity to enjoy the beauty of the Ridge Scenic Highway Scenic corridor.
A special scenic treasure of Central Florida, this route provides beautiful vistas, charming towns, and historic buildings to enrich your appreciation of the area.
The Ridge Scenic Highway, located in Polk County, extends 38.7-miles along the Lake Wales Ridge, from its intersection with US 27 south of Frostproof to its intersection with US 17/92 in Haines City. The scenic highway corridor travels through the historic communities of Frostproof, Hillcrest Heights, Babson Park, the Village of Highland Park, Lake Wales, Lake of the Hills, Dundee, Lake Hamilton and Haines City.
This scenic corridor introduces travelers to historic communities and rural agricultural Central Florida. SR 17, or Scenic Highway as it is locally known, serves the historic centers of these communities and provides access to cultural facilities and historic sites that help promote and preserve the local culture. Winding along the Lake Wales Ridge, SR 17 provides scenic vistas and access to lakes, natural areas, citrus agricultural fields and unique Florida attractions.
To get more information visit the website at ridgescenichighway.com or find us on Facebook at â€œThe Ridge Scenic Highwayâ€.
All 9 official locations will have items to purchase such as your favorite collectables, antiques and treasures.
St. Ann Catholic Church, 1265 Robinson Drive
123 Gates Avenue
Dundee Feed & Farm Supply, 307 East Main Street Contact: Tomas or Arturo, 863-439-3333
Community Clubhouse, 47 East Starr Avenue (Off of SR. 17) Edward Esteve, 863-676-8015, email@example.com
CSX Trailhead Center, 450 N. Scenic Highway Beverly Pennington, 863-651-8260
Across from Webber Intâ€™l University, 1050 N. Scenic Highway Amy Ouellette at 305-731-4565 or email OuelletteAL@Webber.edu.
Babson Park Womenâ€™s Club, 1300 North Scenic Highway
Ridge Audobon Center, 200 N. Crooked Lake Drive
Downtown, E. Wall Street at SR 17 Diane Biehl, 863.605.4564, firstname.lastname@example.org
Courtesy of Visit Central Florida http://www.visitcentralflorida.org/events/39-mile-scenic-highway-yard-sale
Come aboard! Join our historic “cruise” at the Halifax Plantation for the 2014 Flagler Beach Museum Annual Costume Gala.Â On September 20th, from 6-11pm.Â Sing along to the Cole Porter Songbook and decades of hit tunes at the piano bar.Â Get lucky in a round of black jack or score a bargain at the awesome silent auction.Â Savor the flavor of our scrumptious buffet.Â After dinner, enjoy games or take to the dance floor and get down to top rockin’ party hits.Â Deck chairs limited! Call Teri:Â (386)-439-6262 or Kim: (386)-846-5493.
Suggested attire: Remember, Anything Goes! Roaring 20s to Captains Dinner to Cruise Casual
On July 19th, volunteers installed 5 signs along the Courtney Campbell Scenic Highway. Keep Tampa Bay beautiful received a grant from Bud Light to help pay for the signs. Four of the 5 signs provide information on wildlife found around Tampa Bay. The fifth sign gives information on the Courtney Campbell Scenic Highway. Keep an eye out for the signs next time you travel the Byway!!!!
A1A OCEAN ISLANDS TRAIL CORRIDOR ADVOCACY GROUP MEETING NOTICE
WHEN: June 9, 2014
WHERE: The Historic Broward House, 9953 Heckscher Drive, Jacksonville
(1/4 mile north of the St. Johns River Ferry)
TIME: 3:00 PM
We hope you have been enjoying spring in beautiful Northeast Florida. Efforts continue to designate A1A in Nassau and Duval Counties as a Florida Scenic Highway. Please join us in a meeting of the A1A Oceans Islands Trail Corridor Advocacy Group on June 9th at 3pm at 9953 Heckscher Drive. Thank you to our friends at the Timucuan Trails Parks Foundation for making the Historic Broward House available for our meeting.
Since we last met, the Letter of Intent has been submitted and we have been encouraged to proceed with scenic highway designation. We now have an informational flyer. We have been meeting with business and civic groups to discuss A1A Ocean Islands Trail and how it can be an economic driver for the region. Relevant documents, including the June 9 meeting agenda, will be posted on the group webpage at http://www.nefrc.org/pdfs/publicNotices/A1A%20App/A1A_Scenic_Highway_Webpage_Copy%20Final.pdf. We have created an on-line survey (http://surveys.verticalresponse.com/a/show/317020/408106bdc4/0) to gather public impressions of the corridor and help us determine how we will measure success. Please take it and share it.
We hope to get your input on June 9 on at least the following issues:
â€¢ What organizational structure will work best for the Corrridor Advocacy Group as we enter the next phase?
â€¢ How will we get the necessary tasks accomplished?
â€¢ How can we get the survey out to everyone who cares about A1A?
â€¢ Who else do we need to engage?
â€¢ Nominating Committee and Committee assignments
â€¢ History Focus: Buccaneer Trail
We appreciate your interest in the future of Northeast Florida and A1A Ocean Islands Trail. We hope to see you on June 9, and we encourage all persons to attend. If you have any concerns regarding access to the meeting venue or materials, contact Margo Moehring at (904) 279-0880, by e-mail at email@example.com, or by mail at Northeast Florida Regional Council, 6850 Belfort Oaks Place, Jacksonville, Florida, 32216.
By Michael McNarney, Correspondent
April 16, 2014
BUSHNELL â€” With the snip of a ribbon, Sumter County recently joined the Florida Keys and a handful of other regions with designated scenic highways.
The Scenic Sumter Heritage Byway stretches more than 60 miles, starting at the border of Citrus and Sumter counties on State Route 44 and ending near the Van Fleet Trail at State Route 50 near Mabel.
Along the route, the byway passes through Bushnell and Lake Panasoffkee as well as the tiny communities of Rutland and Sumterville.
“It’s an opportunity to highlight our natural beauty and our historic heritage too,” said Dan McCormic, chairman of the group that has worked over the last four years to make the byway a reality.
McCormic, byway supporters and state officials gathered recently at the Dade Battlefield Historic State Park in Bushnell to mark the designation. McCormic said 62 signs have been erected to mark the route, which was approved last year by the Florida Department of Transportation.
It’s Florida’s 24th scenic byway and the second in the Lake-Sumter area. The Green Mountain Scenic Byway begins at county roads 561 and 455 near Astatula in Lake and winds south through rolling hills and the communities of Ferndale and Montverde to Tildenville and Oakland in west Orange.
McCormic said he expects the Sumter byway not only to bring more tourists to Sumter but to appeal to guests of current residents â€” the biggest group of visitors to the area. He said residents of The Villages retirement development also are increasingly interested in the byway and local history.
The byway could eventually tie in with the partly-built Coast to Coast Connector, a cross-Florida bicycle and walking trail that would stretch 275 miles from St. Petersburg in the west to the Canaveral National Seashore in the east when completed. A final route through Sumter County hasn’t been determined, and state lawmakers have not yet voted to fund the remainder of the project, estimated to cost $42 million.
Now that the state has approved the byway route and it has been marked, the next task for byway boosters is “looking for ways to flesh out the program” along the lines of the nearby Florida Black Bear Scenic Byway, McCormic said. Roughly centered in the Ocala National Forest, Black Bear has a web site, a press kit and even an app for smart phone users. For now, the Sumter byway has a Facebook page, and McCormic said he expects to reach out in other ways as the byway becomes more popular. He said backers plan to create a website after the byway receives official nonprofit status.
Fishing at Lake Panasoffkee is one of the county’s biggest tourist draws, McCormic said, but he hopes the byway will draw more attention to the Dade Battlefield and other historic sites along the route. The battlefield, he said, already draws re-enactors and others interested in the Seminole wars.
Copyright Â© 2014, Orlando Sentinel
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We love hearing about your travel and experience along our byways.Â Here is a quote from David Sanders;
“We just returned from Daytona, where we got to enjoy the black bear senic highway, A1A all the way from Port Orange to Jacksonville bch. And my favorite, the old Dixie highway, just north of Ormond. This was my 28th bike week and like your roads, they just keep getting better. We hope to explore the area west of Tallahassee next with your florida scenic roads guide as our inspiration.”
How do you measure the success of a scenic highway? One construction barrel at a time.
Mile for mile, the Florida Keys Scenic Highway continues to be a leader in Florida’s scenic highway program. Last year, we constructed almost 25 miles of new trail, resurfaced a significant portion of the Overseas Highway, added bike lanes to the highway shoulders, added seven pedestrian crossings to improve safety, and brought a spectacular eight-acre waterfront parcel on Florida Bay into the public domain.
We’re not done yet.
“This year, we are adding bike lanes along the entire County Road 905 route through the Crocodile Lake National Wildlife Refuge, rehabilitating two of Henry Flagler’s old railroad bridges, designing two scenic overlooks, installing more than 10 miles of landscaping, starting the rehabilitation design for the iconic old Seven Mile Bridge, adding six more miles of trail and constructing a pedestrian overpass across Adams Cut.
The overwhelming success of the Florida Keys Scenic Highway Program is due to the continued commitment by a host of public and private partners.
Being an Area of Critical State Concern, our region faces more challenges than any other area of Florida. On a daily basis, we work to balance development rights, environmental protection, a booming tourism-based economy, hurricane evacuation needs and quality-of-life issues for our residents.
Our scenic highway corridor is surrounded by a national marine sanctuary, and we have five state parks; wildlife refuges; six local governments; a state road department; a state-designated trail; water, power, wastewater and telephone utilities; National Register of Historic Places structures, more endangered plants and animals than any other place in Florida, commercial businesses, and layers of bureaucracy and permitting issues for every good scenic highway idea that we want to bring to fruition.
It didn’t take long to realize that these issues would be insurmountable for a single entity to overcome. Our corridor management entity (a term coined by the state Department of Transportation) was forced to morph into a strong partnership between various government agencies, our 501(c)3 group and the private sector businesses that line the highway.
The public is encouraged to help strengthen the scenic highway message by participating in scenic highway events and offering big ideas to improve the corridor. We all take our role as stewards of Florida’s only federally designated All American Road very seriously.
For more information about the Florida Keys Scenic Highway, please contact me at 304-0412 or via e-mail a firstname.lastname@example.org. If you’d like to join the Florida Keys Scenic Corridor Alliance, our 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization, contact President Gina Boilini, at email@example.com.”
Monroe County transportation planning manager
BUSHNELL, Fla. — A scenic byway promoting ecotourism and history will be featured Jan. 25, as a ribbon cutting is held to celebrate the Scenic Sumter Heritage Byway’s designation as an official Florida Scenic Highway.
The ceremony begins 9 a.m. that Saturday at the Dade Battlefield Historic State Park in Bushnell.
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The Florida Keys Overseas Heritage Trail was the state’s most used bike and pedestrian path in the 2012-13 fiscal year, with 1.9 million visitors generating more than $91 million in direct economic impact.
A report by the state Department of Environmental Protection also found that John Pennekamp State Park in Key Largo, and Bahia Honda State Park near Big Pine Key were also in the top 10 when it came to the most visited state parks.
Pennekamp ranked fifth, with 769,751 visitors; Bahia Honda ranked eighth, with 582,093 visitors, the study found.
Park Manager Pat Wells attributed Pennkamp’s popularity to visitors wanting to dive and snorkel some of the most beautiful coral reefs in the United States, he said.
“A lot of our tours go into the National Marine Sanctuary,” he said.
The millions of dollars in improvements to the Overseas Heritage Trail over the past several years is turning the Florida Keys into an international bike tour destination.
Key Largo Bike and Adventure Tours owner Mark Terrill has felt the increase in business as trail improvements are continuing to be made, he said. The company rents bikes and other equipment, and offers numerous multi-day trips along the Heritage Trail.
Terrill is working with a group of female athletes from the Athena Organization in San Diego, who will be doing a bike, run and kayak trip starting in Key Largo and ending in Key West, he said.
About 120 members of a group called Pedal Across Wisconsin will be biking the Heritage Trail in December, and similar groups from New Jersey and Georgia will be biking the trail in January, he said.
“These people definitely have money,” Terrill said. “They stay at nice hotels. They are not trying to do the Keys cheaply but just want to bike the Keys.”
Once a month, Key Largo Bike and Adventure Tours offers a “Century Ride,” in which riders trek 100 miles a day through the Keys, Terrill said.
The Heritage Trail parallels the Overseas Highway, a designated National Scenic Highway and All-American Road. The recreational pathway incorporates 23 of the historic Flagler Railroad bridges. The longest, continuous section of paved trail is between Mile Marker 106 in Key Largo and Mile Marker 72 in Islamorada.
The trail now encompasses more than 72 miles, which will extend to 106 miles when complete.
Much of the remaining trail is being designed or is under construction by DEP’s Office of Greenways Trails. It’s funded by the Florida Department of Transportation through a federal grant program for alternative transportation.
DEP has spent more than $13 million on the trail so far.
Overall, the Florida Park Service reported a direct economic impact of nearly $1.2 billion on local economies throughout the state in the last fiscal year, hosting a record 25.5 million visitors.
Direct economic impact is defined as the amount of new dollars spent in the local economy by nonlocal park visitors, and funds for park operations spent in the local economy. More than $77 million was contributed to general revenues in the form of state sales taxes, according to state Department of Environmental Protection records.
“With more than 25 million visitors at our parks last year, it’s clear that Florida’s state parks are among the best in the world,” Gov. Scott said in a prepared statement.
“Get ready for some dramatic changes along Broward County’s section of State Road A1A.
Plans are in the works to add landscaping, wider sidewalks and bike paths to parts of the 28-mile route, with two workshops scheduled this week so residents can comment.
Among the highlights: Creation of a greenway along Fort Lauderdale’s Galt Ocean Mile and a roundabout to slow traffic; a new four-way intersection where A1A curves in Deerfield Beach; and enhanced medians with lush tropical vegetation and reconfigured travel lanes in Hollywood.”
“The Big Bend Scenic Byway continues on Route 98 along Floridaâ€™s Forgotten Coast as the John Gorrie Memorial Bridge spans the five miles of open water between Eastpoint and Apalachicola.
A series of bays and bayous makes up the rich seafood and wildlife habitat where the Apalachicola River â€” having finished its journey from the confluence of the Flint and Chattahoochee Rivers at the Florida border â€” empties into the Apalachicola Bay.
Roll down your windows and breathe in the salty air. Marvel at the glistening water, the rabble of monarch butterflies swarming over the bay, the clouds drifting over the river city on the western shore.”
MELBOURNE, Fla. â€” The first hint that something was amiss here, in the shallow lagoons and brackish streams that buffer inland Florida from the Atlanticâ€™s salt water, came last summer in the Banana River, just south of Kennedy Space Center. Three manatees â€” the languid, plant-munching, over-upholstered mammals known as sea cows â€” died suddenly and inexplicably, one after another, in a spot where deaths were rare.
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“The Courtney Campbell Causeway connecting Tampa and Clearwater is undergoing resurfacing improvements and enhancements, including the addition of new pedestrian and bicycle trails physically separated from the road.”
PENNEY FARMS â€“ Former Orange Park Town Manager John Bowles, center, portrayed the late James Cash Penney at the June 29 “Attic Treasures Sale” to benefit the J.C. Penney Memorial Scenic Highway. Audrey Penney, left, a Penney Retirement Community resident played Penneyâ€™s wife. The event, which featured vendors from Northeast Florida, raised $400 to benefit the scenic highway project. To learn more about the J.C. Penney Scenic Highway, contact Cathie Parrott, volunteer coordinator at (904) 529-1596.
USA Today named Big Bend Scenic Highway one of ten amazing North American road trips to take this summer!
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The owners of the Old Pineapple Inn in Eau Gallie and their local partners celebrated the unveiling of a long awaited State of Florida Historical Marker on April 5, 2013. The marker celebrates the long history of this storied property. Originally owned by the Gleason family, “The William H. Gleason House was built around 1884 by William Henry Gleason and his wife Sarah Griffin Gleason.Â Mr. Gleason was the first elected Lieutenant Governor of Florida under Governor Harrison Reed in 1868.Â The house remained in the Gleason family until 1995 and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1997.Â This stately home was constructed in a Queen Anne Victorian style with moldings, wooden entry doors, and banisters in an Eastlake design.Â The three-story, frame construction dwelling sits on coquina and brick piers, and was originally sited to afford an excellent view of the Indian River.
Celeste and Robert Henry, the current owners initially applied for the historical marker from the Brevard Historical Society in 2009 – 2010.Â They were notified by the County Historic Commission and then the State of Florida Historical Marker Council that their marker application had been approved.Â After several rounds of modifications and edits to its text the marker was finally ordered in the spring of 2013. Ms. Henry worked closely with her partners including the Brevard County Historical Commission, Brevard County Tourist Development Council, Florida Department of State and the City of Melbourne to develop all the necessary justification and documentation. The marker was unveiled before a crowd of approximately 25 local government representatives, community advocates and neighbors.
Ms. Henry is on the Board of Directors of the Indian River Lagoon National Scenic Byway and the Inn looks out over the lagoon and is located on the byway.
When interviewed, Ms. Henry said that the application took some time and perseverance to complete but it was well worth the effort. The â€œhistory of the Eau Gallie area and the Gleason House itself are so specialâ€. For further information on the history of the Gleason House or to check out the Old Pineapple Inn please refer to the following: Â www.oldpineappleinn.com. For additional information on the State of Florida Historical Marker program please refer to the following: www.flheritage.com/preservation/marker.
USA Today listed 10 beautiful coastal drives across North America, including the Overseas Highway in Florida.Â The highway extends 160 miles along the beautiful coastal highways of Florida.
Pledge to “take the road less traveled” and join the Exit the Highway summer travel program.Â Take the scenic route, share pictures and places to explore, connect with others and enter to win a Prius V from Toyota!
Sponsored by Toyota and the National Audubon Society
Outdoor Nation and Merrell are proud to announce the launch of the 2013 The Pack Project Grants Program â€“ working to increase participation in active outdoor recreation while also creating meaningful connections to the natural world. Merrell believes in encouraging everyone to get outside, be active and have fun. The Brand’s mission is to increase participation in the outdoors through causes like Outdoor Nation.
In 2013, Merrell will be awarding $25,000 to a minimum of 10 projects through their ambassador program called The Pack. There will be two cycles of the grant program, one in spring and one in late summer. Grants will be awarded to the most innovative, impactful and sustainable projects focusing on increasing outdoor recreation in communities across the country while also creating significant relationships with the environment. Applications are being accepted from individuals between the ages of 18 and 28 and 501c3 non-profits. Please note that individuals are eligible to apply but must have a 501c3 non-profit partner to act as the fiscal agent for the grant.
Deadline: Proposals must be submitted by June 1, 2013.
Merrell recognizes that sometimes the smallest awards can make the largest differences. The Pack Project Grants Program will award grants up to $2,500 that are designed to give young individuals and charitable organizations the resources and funding needed to bring their innovation and active ideas to life.
This funding opportunity supports pioneering projects and initiatives that result in increased active outdoor participation and meaningful connections between participants and the outdoors. Active outdoor recreation includes but is not limited to hiking, biking, paddling, running and general play.
1. Projects must increase participation in outdoor recreation and create connections between program participants and the natural world.
2. Projects should be innovative and creative.
3. Projects should have clear goals and measurable objectives.
4. Projects should use outdoor recreation as a way to educate participants and provide them with the skills that theyâ€™ll enjoy for a lifetime.
5. Projects should leverage social media technology and Merrell online platforms, as appropriate.
6. Projects should be able to demonstrate outcomes within six-nine months.
7. Projects leads should be able to provide monthly updates on the progress of their project.
8. Project outcomes must include a minimum of 5 high-resolution photos and a 3-minute video highlighting project scope.
9. Projects must use grant funding for on-the-ground program needs rather than operating or salary costs.
10. Projects for the spring 2013 cycle must begin in summer 2013 and must be completed by December 31, 2013.
CONTACT:Â Jackie Artybridge (904) 280-7960 or firstname.lastname@example.org Â Â
Â COMPANY CONTACT: Lori Elliott at (850) 402-5138 or email@example.com
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
THE RIVERTOWN COMMUNITY TO HOST
ANTIQUE APPRAISAL FAIR ON MAY 11
ST. JOHNS, Fla. (May 1, 2013) â€“ The RiverTown community, St. Johns Countyâ€™s only riverfront master-planned community, will be the site of an Antique Appraisal Fair on Saturday, May 11. The event, benefitting the non-profit William Bartram Scenic & Historic Highway Corridor Management Council, will be held from noon to 4 p.m. at the RiverTown amenity center.
The public is invited to attend. For a $5 donation (per item) to the Council, attendees may have up to three items appraised. A team of recognized professionals will provide the appraisals and rationale for the valuations. Contact William Bartram Scenic & Historic Highway Corridor Management Council Chairman Al Abbatiello at 904.287.5577 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.
The RiverTown community is located off of the William Bartram Scenic and Historic Highway or State Road 13. The growing community along the St. Johns River offers beautiful homes and state-of-the-art amenities. Learn more about the RiverTown community at www.RiverTownFlorida.com.
To visit the RiverTown community, travel Interstate 95 South to County Road 210 West to State Road 13 North. Visitors can also take I-295 to San Jose Boulevard South.Â The communityâ€™s model homes are open seven days a week.
The RiverTown community will be the site of an Antique Appraisal Fair on Saturday, May 11, benefitting the William Bartram Scenic & Historic Highway Corridor Management Council.
About the William Bartram Scenic & Historic Highway Corridor Management Council
The William Bartram Scenic & Historic Highway is filled with scenic beauty, historic venues and archeological treasures.Â The primary mission of the William Bartram Scenic & Historic Highway Corridor Management Council is to preserve and protect these intrinsic resources for the enjoyment of the public. Â More information about the Scenic Highway is available at www.bartramscenichighway.com.
About the RiverTown Community
The community of RiverTown is a 4,170-acre St. Joe Company master-planned residential development located in the northwest part of St. Johns County, Fla. Located on 3.5 miles of the St. Johns River, RiverTown has been designed to be a vibrant and diverse mix of uses and a walkable residential community with strong ties to the St. Johns River. RiverTown is bounded by Greenbriar Road to the north, County Road 210 to the southeast and the St. Johns River to the west and southwest. More information is available by visiting www.RiverTownFlorida.com.
April 2013 Update – Wm. Bartram Scenic and Historic Highway (WBS&HH)
Time flies when youâ€™re having fun!Â Â And wow, time is flying on the Wm. Bartram Scenic Highway.Â Â Itâ€™s April already – no fooling!
The Scenic Highway Management Council is also moving quickly to encourage and find new members for our organization.Â Several promotions are beginning planned for 2013 â€“ the first event is on April 20th at Alpine Groves Park.Â THE 9TH ANNUAL BARTRAM BASH.
COME ONE, COME ALL for a day of fun for youngsters, young at heart, and mature adults!Â There will be trail walks, kayak rides, exhibits, booths, butterfly release, music, free food, and more.Â The food is free for all but weâ€™re willing to accept donations.Â There will be a special appearance of William Bartram (Mile Adams) to tell about early life in this area. Â Â Thank you for coming.
The Bartram Bash is a cooperative event between our Wm. Bartram Scenic and Historic Highway Management Council (WBS&HH) and St. Johns County Parks.Â Â The food is funded entirely by donations from our own members along with a large donation from The Legacy, our new neighbor on SR13 – directly across from Alpine Groves Park.Â The Legacy will also loan us their 3 hole miniature putt-putt course for more fun for all you youngsters.
For those of you who may have missed it, the Legacy is an assisted living facility on State Road 13 and a wonderful addition to our area.Â The owners and managers of The Legacy are special, caring people.
The second calendar event is our 1st annual Antique Appraisal Day to be held on May 11, 2013, noon to 4 P.M.Â Professional appraisers will be on hand to estimate the values of your antiques â€“ you know, those things youâ€™ve had sitting around for years and often wondered â€œwhat do you think that is worth?â€Â Watch for announcements for this exciting and fun event â€“ posters will begin appearing in your favorite local stores soon.
The Antique Appraisal Day will be held at the new Rivertown Community on State Road 13 at their beautiful new Amenity Center.Â Rivertown Management and the St. Joe Company have agreed to let us use the amenity center for this non-profit, fundraising event.Â Â For those of you not familiar with Rivertown it is straight down The Scenic Highway about 8-1/2 miles south of Racetrack Rd adjacent to the new River Front Park and the newly built round-about.
Another project now underway is the history lesson planning project mentioned in earlier columns.Â These lesson plans are intended for our kids in St. Johns County schools with the intent of teaching the history of northwest St. Johns County from prehistoric days to the present.
We recently met with a representative of the School District, our consultant (Brockington Cultural Resources Consulting) and St. Johns County planners to discuss state and federal standards that must be met in our delivered lesson plans.Â Dr, Joyner has encouraged this project.Â Â Weâ€™re now on our way for an expected completion date in the 4th quarter 2013.Â Stay tuned!
Thereâ€™s more to come from this progressive group of doers and we welcome your participation.Â Come join us by becoming an active member in the Scenic Highway Management Council.
NATURE COAST CIVIL WAR REENACTMENT
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Julie Lambert
16TH ANNUAL NATURE COAST CIVIL WAR REENACTMENT
Civil War Battles Comes to the City of Webster
Come and experience a battle of the Civil War in action. Join us as the Nature Coast Civil War Reenactment and the City of Webster, Florida host the 16th annual reenactment, to celebrate the 150th birthday of the Civil War.
Visit the authentic campsites of the Union and Rebel troops to see how they lived and worked. Stroll into the Sutlersâ€™ tents and see their wares and supplies for the soldiers . See the Cavalry troops and the Armies engage in battle, feel the earth shake as the Artillery Troops fire their cannons. See the ladies in their beautiful dress and parasols as they stroll along the battlefield as their loved ones prepare for war. Come early and visit with the re-enactors, ask questions, learn what our forefathers did in the great battles of the Civil War. Visit the food vendors.
BATTLE WILL BE HELD ON STATE ROAD 471 ACROSS FOR THE WEBSTER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
AT 416 S. MARKET STREET, WEBSTER, FLORIDA
Gate opens at 9:00am on Saturday and Sunday, February 23rd and 24th. Full scale battle is at 2:00pm. Gate closes at 4:00pm. Donations for adults is $5.00, children 3 â€“ 17 is $2.00, under 3 free.
For further information please visit our website: www.naturecoastcivilwarreenactment.org
Any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Ray Smutko at email@example.com or call 352.220.3013.
â€œThis event has been funded in part by a Tourism Development Tax Grant from the Sumter County Board of County Commissioners in conjunction with the Sumter County Tourism Development Council.â€