On June 29, a group of volunteers gathered to paint over the graffiti on the old Seminole Railroad bridge that crosses over the Estero River.
Students from FGCU’s rappelling club rappelled down the side of the bridge to paint over the offensive words which had been an eyesore to many kayakers paddling the river.
The College of Life Foundation conducts guided kayak tours of the Estero River, Estero Bay Aquatic Preserve and Mound Key, which is a Florida designated Paddling Trail.
The College of Life Foundation’s Peggy Phillips coordinated this clean-up activity with FGCU professor and rappelling club sponsor Dr. Wynn Everham, Koreshan State Historic Site Park Manager Rick Argo and Lowe’s, which provided the paint.
The College of Life Foundation and Koreshan State Park are integral partners of the Estero Historic Preservation Citizens Committee, as recognized in the July 2015 Proclamation by the Village of Estero Council.