Man paddles for love of Florida's waters

Published: Saturday, January 19, 2013 at 04:37 PM.

Thanks to his Florida roots, which run 31-years deep, Justin Riney feels a deep affinity with the waters that surround and run through his home state.

Riney turned his back on his degree in finance and last year followed his heart and founded his own non-profit organization: Mother Ocean.

Riney explains that Mother Ocean celebrates the unique resources of Florida's waterways, and promotes awareness and conservation.

"It's a group of like-minded individuals working together toward common interests and projects that promote awareness and conservation," he explained.

Some of the ways Riney promotes awareness include going into schools and speaking about the importance of conserving water, and once a week is Ocean Hour when he and others do their part to help clean up the ocean or other waterways.

"I am a Floridian and grew up on the water. It has given me so much and has set my career path," he said.

Riney needed a project to kick off his newly-founded organization and bring attention to it and when he read that 500 years had passed since Ponce de Leon discovered Florida, he decided that was a cause for celebration.

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