Series: Grant reports for Freeborn County Community Foundation
Published 9:51 am Monday, April 11, 2016
Organization: Pelican Breeze Foundation
Project: Float the Boat
Report: The grant was given for the purpose of the group’s Float the Boat project which is intended to provide an opportunity for people of all ages to tour Albert Lea Lake, regardless of handicaps. In addition, first mates provide a narrative background giving educational information on the environment and history of the lake.
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During the past season, 21 public cruises and 23 private cruises were made to meet these goals, according to a press release. The passengers included many from area nursing homes and handicapped groups that would not otherwise have been able to tour the lake. The over 1,000 passengers also include people from several states and countries.
Last summer, Pelican Breeze was given the opportunity to participate in several community events. With this, the group was allowed to provide rides at lower special rates to allow additional people to ride the Pelican Breeze II. This summer, the group hopes the opportunity allows it to participate in additional community events. The grant will assist them in doing so. It will also allow the group to continue its low cost structure to the public.
Since 1996 the Pelican Breeze, and now the Pelican Breeze II, have provided a travelling billboard for Albert Lea Lake. The grant will assist the organization in continuing to do so.