Nocatee residents brave the cold for annual Polar Plunge

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To commemorate the beginning of the new year, and to continue a time-honored tradition, residents of the Nocatee community gathered at the new Splash Waterpark on the morning of Jan. 9 for the annual Polar Plunge.

More than 200 residents joined the plunge, bracing themselves on one of the coldest mornings of the year to take a leap into the Splash Waterpark pool.

Residents were encouraged to don their wackiest outfits and participate in a costume contest before the plunge, where awards were given to Best Dressed. Most participants and attendees opted for costumes with hats and long sleeves, such as polar bear and unicorn onesies, but some chose simply to take the jump in their bathing suits.

After the plunge, residents were encouraged to enjoy the live DJ while swimming in the Family Lagoon Pool or the Rip Tide Water Slides.

Coffee and hot chocolate were provided to the chilled swimmers, along with complimentary towels courtesy of the event’s sponsor, David Weekley Homes.

Shivering children and adults alike gathered for warmth around the fire pits while drying off, and celebrated an exciting start to a promising new year.

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