The second annual Gerry Blackstone New Year’s Day Memorial Paddle – 2020

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The second annual Gerry Blackstone New Year’s Day Memorial Paddle was held at West Lake Park in Hollywood, Florida. This paddle, always held on the first of the year is an 18 mile loop through Ft Lauderdale – connecting the ICW, Dania Cutoff Canal and the New River. Gerry Blackstone was an active New York City based paddler who loved to spend his winters paddling in South Florida and pioneered this paddle.

It may be hard to believe that no fewer than six main sewer breaks occurred in Ft Lauderdale going into the third decade of the 21st century! Spilling over 125 000 000 gallons of the stinky stuff into the local waterways. A direct consequence of neglect, over development and passing the buck. The Miami area is not much better, sadly with ongoing line breaks and releases into Biscayne Bay. In many way South Florida is a microcosm of the United States as a whole in terms of crumbling infrastructure that we all depend on, every single day!!

Due to the multiple sewer main breaks and resultant contamination of the waterways in the Ft Lauderdale area the event was re-staged to take place in West Lake Park instead.

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The word for the day was:

Coddiwomple :

to travel in a purposeful manner towards a vague destination!
New Year’s Day paddle delight with the South Florida Kayaking Meetuphttps://www.meetup.com/kayaking-130/.
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Enjoy!

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