Originally published in the Florida Weekly on April 10, 2019

A nonprofit clean water advocacy group, Calusa Waterkeeper, has created The Big Calusa, a week-long festival and cleanup.

“All year long, we at Calusa Waterkeeper find ourselves talking about the catastrophic harm we have suffered due to red tide and blue-green algae: fish and marine life dying by the millions, residents at higher risk of illness, significant economic damage and on,” Calusa Waterkeeper John Cassani said. “Now it’s time to remind everyone why our water is so special.”

The Big Calusa begins on Earth Day, April 22, with the Calusa Kayakers cleanup party at Millennial Brewing Company in Fort Myers from 5:30-8:30 p.m., featuring musical entertainment, food trucks and vendors.

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