New Year’s Day Pelican Plunge at Hunting Island canceled

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From staff reports

On New Year’s Day 2020, more than 450 participants hit the water at Lighthouse Beach at Hunting Island State Park in the 11th annual Pelican Plunge, raising more than $3,000 for the Friends of Hunting Island.

The group won’t have a chance to top those numbers this New Year’s as Friends of Hunting Island announced Monday it was canceling the upcoming event as a result of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

“It is with careful consideration and deliberation that our organization has made the decision to cancel our Annual New Years Day event – the Pelican Plunge,” the organization said in a release.

“Due to the current Covid-19 environment, it was determined that for the safety and well-being of our Hunting Island visitors, members and families, canceling this event is the prudent thing to do.

“We wish all of our ‘plungers’ a happy and, most of all, healthy Holiday Season and look forward to restoring all that Hunting Island provides our community in the not-too-distant future.”

The nonprofit Friends of Hunting Island helps with Hunting Island State Park beach and trail maintenance and the conservation and support of its wildlife.

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