Palm Coast - The sweet sea turtle mascot for the City of Palm Coast's 10th Annual Intracoastal Waterway Cleanup has a name - Walter Waterways!
The City asked for name nominations through its Facebook page, and then invited everyone to vote for their favorite via Facebook or the City website. There were 21 choices, and Walter Waterways received 37 votes to win the contest! The winning name was suggested by Nikita Skrzypinski.
"It's become a tradition for us to have a new mascot for the waterway cleanup each year, and we appreciate the public's help in naming the mascot. Thank you to everyone who offered a name for our sea turtle. We had many creative options," said City Administration Coordinator Denise Bevan, Coordinator of the Intracoastal Waterway Cleanup. "Now, join Walter Waterways to help clean and protect our community's treasured waterways and trails!"
The 10th Annual Intracoastal Waterway Cleanup will be held Saturday, Sept. 9, and volunteers can register now to remove trash in and along the Intracoastal Waterway, its walkways and canals. Walkers will clean Palm Coast's paths and trails, and boaters will work in saltwater canals and Intracoastal waters.
The clean-up adventure will begin at 8 a.m. Sept. 9, at Holland Park, 18 Florida Park Drive, Palm Coast, where supplies will be distributed to commence the morning activities. Following the cleanup and trash drop-off, volunteers are invited back to Holland Park for refreshments and a special awards ceremony to recognize those who found the most unique "trash," most amount collected and other fun chances to win prizes.
Pre-registration is available until this Saturday, Aug. 19, on the Intracoastal Waterway Cleanup website, www.palmcoastgov.com/icwc, and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays at Palm Coast City Hall, 160 Lake Ave, and at Frieda Zamba Swimming Pool, 339 Parkview Drive, Palm Coast. Registration is also welcomed on event day at Holland Park, and on the website through noon Sept. 8, but supplies will be limited; volunteer packages with supplies are guaranteed only for those who pre-register by Aug. 19.
Pre-registered volunteers may pick up their packages early at the Palm Coast City Hall, Community Wing, 160 Lake Ave., on Saturday, Sept. 2, 9 to 11 a.m., as part of orientation beginning at 9 a.m. Pre-registered participants will receive a T-shirt, water bottle, trash bags, gloves, safety sheet and cleanup results form.Large volunteer groups are encouraged to participate in event orientation at City Hall on Sept. 2 at 9 a.m. Groups may also learn more about the Waterway Cleanup on the event website shown above.
Palm Coast's Intracoastal Waterway Cleanup Event is sponsored by the Florida Inland Navigation District (FIND), Waste Pro, the Stone Engineering Group, Turtle Shack Café, C.T. Hsu+ Associates and Marineland Dolphin Adventure, Ripple Effect Ecotours, Golden Lion Café and other proud sponsors and partners.
Won't you please help to FIND and dispose of our waterway refuse? For more information, please call the Intracoastal Waterway Coordinator Denise Bevan at 386-986-2458 or visit www.palmcoastgov.com/icwc.