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"Sweet Breeze" Settles In On Fort Wayne Rivers

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Dan Wire believes that "Seeing's believing," when it comes to river awareness here in Fort Wayne

An 1840's style canal boat was launched Tuesday evening on the city's downtown waters. Fort Wayne's Friends of the Rivers, the Community Foundation and AWS Foundation, worked together to bring the boat, "Sweet Breeze," to Fort Wayne.

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To Irene Walters, Friends of the Rivers is all about bringing the city's rivers to life.

Tours on the Sweet Breeze will begin this weekend, and the group is now busy working to get their next project afloat, an amphibious DUKW military vessel, familiarly known as a "Duck Boat" which will afford passengers a view of the city by land, before hitting the river.

Both crafts are accessible to people with disabilities, and bookings will be managed by Fort Wayne Outfitters, just north of the Historic Wells Street Bridge.

Earlier this week, WBOI's Julia Meek met with Friends of the Rivers president, Irene Walters, and executive director of Tri-State Watershed Alliance, Dan Wire, to discuss the city's ongoing riverfront development, what challenges the project has had to bridge, and what future adventures lie around the next bend.

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Local dignitaries in action at the official christening and launch of "Sweet Breeze" on Tuesday, June 5th, 2017, at the public boat dock in Headwaters Park West.

To connect with the organization, visit the  Friends of the the Rivers website.

Find "Sweet Breeze" booking and tour information at the Fort Wayne Outfitters website.

A Fort Wayne native, Julia is a radio host, graphic artist, and community volunteer, who has contributed to NIPR both on- and off-air for forty years. Besides being WBOI's arts & culture reporter, she currently co-produces and hosts Folktales and Meet the Music.
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