Originally published in Gulfshore Business on April 3, 2019

Calusa Waterkeeper has created The Big Calusa, a family-friendly, recreational, educational and cultural week-long festival and clean-up to reconnect the community in a positive way with local waterways. The Big Calusa begins on Earth Day, April 22, with the Calusa Kayakers Clean-Up Kick-Off Party at Millennial Brewing Company from 5:30-8:30 p.m. in Fort Myers. Millennial Brewing plans to unveil a brew specially crafted for the event called “The Big Calusa” on tap at various venues all week. That same day, The Big Calusa teams up with Keep Lee County Beautiful to initiate Calusa Clean-up, a comprehensive week-long effort to clean waterways throughout the region, partnering with kayak outfitters, civic associations, homeowners associations, service groups, churches and schools. The person who cleans the most garbage out of waterways and posts photos to social media with the hashtag #calusacleanup will be celebrated as clean-up champion at the Big Calusa Awards. Calusa Culture Night follows on April 24 at Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center, then Big Calusa Day on April 27 at North Shore Park. The week-long events culminate with the Big Calusa Awards Ceremony on April 28.


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