TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (November 4, 2010) –
The number of volunteers signed up to walk in the Great VISIT FLORIDA Beach Walk on Saturday topped 2,600 by noon Thursday (Nov. 4), making this event quite likely the largest of its kind ever. Volunteers were still registering through Volunteer Florida Thursday for the Saturday morning event, and beach businesses in Florida’s 34 beach counties were still coming on board to support the volunteers and the project.
The statewide Beach Walk and Photo Fest will show the world that Florida's 825 miles of beaches are as gorgeous as ever, in photos uploaded to the Internet by volunteers who will walk, paddle, surf or boat to shoot photos of all Sunshine State beaches, and upload the images in real time to an online gallery for all the world to see.
The volunteers in this grassroots project in support of Florida tourism include realtors walking with their dogs on pet-friendly beaches in Duval County, sand sculptors in Sarasota County, K-8 students in Escambia and Broward counties, kayakers at the Calusa Blueway Paddling Festival in southwest Florida, surfers at the Tommy Tant Memorial Surf Classic in Flagler County, local firefighters in Martin County, women in tourism in Pinellas County, officers wives at Mayport Naval Station, and wildlife conservationists around the state.
People can register as Beach Walkers today (Thursday, Nov. 4) until 5 p.m. at Great VISIT FLORIDA Beach Walk online. Afterward, prospective volunteers should visit the Beach Walk website and contact their County Hosts. They can also sign up at Beach Walk hubs on Saturday.