One man is celebrating Florida's 500th birthday, and he's traveling the state working to preserve the state's beauty for another half millennium.
Ponce De Leon first stepped foot in Florida 1513. On January 15th at Lake Helen State Park, Justin Riney arrived on the 15th day of his year long journey to highlight the importance of stewardship efforts of Florida's coastlines and waterways.
When Riney arrived they started with a cleanup, and paddlers and boaters joined him on the water.
Riney says Florida has so much to offer but it's important we protect it for future generations.