Our waterways are a big part of the attraction here in Palm Beach County and they'll be highlighted this weekend with Lagoon Fest, which was started to promote the preservation of the Lake Worth Lagoon.
Sergio Piedra with Discover the Palm Beaches, the county's tourism marketing agency, tells us it's not just about that anymore.
"But also promote the fact that we have this incredible tourism asset. It runs all the way from North Palm Beach to Ocean Ridge. Twenty miles of activities, but also 20 miles of environmentally incredible areas. It has marine life, to sea life, to fun life...all fun on the water. So this event, you can say, is one that was designed to make Lake Worth Lagoon come alive to the community."
The free event happens along the West Palm Beach waterfront on Saturday, featuring live music, wildlife presentations, the kayak regatta and children's activities.
It's going on at the same time as the West Palm Beach Green Market, right next door.
There have been recent reports of algae in the waters along the Treasure Coast, reminding some of last year's toxic algae crisis. But Palm Beach County doesn't have those kind of concerns, according to Jennifer Baez. She's an environmental analyst with the county's Department of Environmental Resources Management.
"We've been very fortunate in Palm Beach County to not have the negative algal problems that the Treasure Coast has. At Lagoon Fest, we'll talk about some of the problems that Lake Worth Lagoon faces, and pollution is one of those. But, we'll also talk about ways that people can learn how to have fun on Lake Worth Lagoon and get in the water as well."
Lagoon Fest runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
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