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Ortega River Boat Trip

Wednesday, November 14 at 10 am

Ortega River Boat Trip

We have a terrific Field Trip planned for you and you’ll want to invite friends to join us. This is sponsored by the Home and Garden Club but anyone in the neighborhood is welcome. Come and see Jacksonville from a totally different perspective – from the water! The St. John’s Riverkeeper organization offers charter tours along the St John’s River, entering the Tillie Fowler Regional Park along the Ortega River and McGirts creek. We’ll be using one of the Jacksonville Water Taxis and will have our own captain and crew for our guided tour. A speaker from the St. John’s Riverkeepers will be telling us about the ecology and history of the river along with the issues impacting the river – such as stormwater, algae bloom and the impacts from dredging. Along the way we should see all kinds of wildlife: Osprey, Eagles, Kingfishers and other water fowl, dolphins and mullet jumping out of the water, and possibly manatees or alligators. The river is alive with all sorts of wonderful sights so bring your cameras and binoculars.

A carpool will meet at the Deercreek Pool at 9am to drive to Friendship Fountain Park, where we board our Water Taxi and meet our Captain and Guide. The tour will last about 2 hours and then we are going for lunch at the River City Brewing Company which is next door and has parking. If you haven’t been here before, the view of downtown Jacksonville is gorgeous. I just checked out their menu and already know what I want for lunch! Mmmm. Please RSVP to Brenda Edwards as soon as you can. 629-0133 or Brenda.c.edwards@comcast.net. Our price depends on how many attend. We have chartered the whole boat for $900 so if 30 attend your cost is $30. But if you bring lots of guests and we have 50, then the cost goes down to $18. See, if you bring friends, not only do you have the pleasure of their company and a great outing, but the price gets better! And we have 65 seats available so let’s try to fill them up! We will cut off reservations on Monday November 12 so we can get a final price for you by e-mail. Make your checks out to DH&GClub and give them to Julia Watkins that day.

Coming events: Tuesday December 11 is our Holiday Open House from 3-6 pm. Tuesday January 22 is our Game Day Fundraiser from 10 -3 pm with lunch included. Put them on your calendars!