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PORT ST. LUCIE --
To ensure continued access to one of Port St. Lucie's greatest assets, the St. Lucie River, the city and the St. Lucie River Princess tour boat company are embarking on new two-year agreement to operate out of Rivergate at Veteran's Park.
The company's relationship with the city has been successful for three years, allowing thousands of passengers to enjoy narrated river cruises and excursions. The renewed contract between the city and the River Princess operators will continue until December 2014.
The River Princess launches daily at 1:30 p.m. On the cruise, passengers are treated to a mix of historical, ecological and maritime facts and stories as Capt.'s Ray Clarke and Ken Mazur narrate the voyage down St. Lucie's North Fork and through the backwaters of Mud Cove, Long Creek, the Elkcam Waterway and the Crossover Canal.
The river remains unspoiled by development and inspires a feeling of remoteness as the River Princess moves quietly around the river's many bends and into vistas that look the way they did hundreds of years ago.
Interrupted occasionally by pelicans, great blue herons, ospreys and other wildlife, the captains point out both the majestic and the subtle sights and answer questions about Port St. Lucie's most popular natural habitat.
Preserved since 1972, the river is one of the few pristine waterways in Florida and is one of the two principal rivers on the state's east coast.
On Thursdays and Saturdays, the River Princess sails again at 4:30 p.m. and provides passengers a view of Port St. Lucie's colorful sunsets and flocks of birds returning to Bird Island for the night.
"When we return to port and everyone is so relaxed they make no move to leave the boat," said Capt. Clarke. "They just sit there taking in the last few moments before returning to the hustle and bustle of the 21st century."
The address for Rivergate at Veteran's Park is 2200 S.E. Veterans Memorial Parkway.
For more information, call (772) 342-2450.