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Sanibel remaining a clean island

By Staff | Dec 2, 2015

To the editor:

As a recent “Florida” permanent resident, I was excited to be a part of this year’s Coastal Cleanup on Sanibel-Captiva Islands.

Unfortunately, I was away during this year’s event and was unable to take part. As many others do, I walk on the beach at least once, if not twice daily.

Since my first visit to Sanibel about 35 years ago, I was happy to see so little roadside or other trash littering this beautiful area. I now have made it a part of my everyday adventure to pick up both beach and roadside debris I see during my walks.

Since I cover about two miles of beach walk daily, plus the roadside bike path, I find a lot of daily trash.

During my walks, I usually remove at least a full plastic bag of debris daily. These are the bags you would get at a grocery store for everyday purchases.

I realize some items wash ashore or fall from vehicles, yet other items are deliberately left behind. Animal feces in plastic bags and used diapers just don’t fall out of cars or from your bike.

What I find also interesting, is that so many people love the islands and their beauty, but walk right past items which should be disposed of.

Next time you stoop to pick up a beautiful shell or stop to photograph an eagle or other animal, pick up that errant piece of trash no matter where it may have come from.

There really is no reason not to and once you do, you will feel you are doing your part to keep these islands in paradise the best in the world.

A once in a year Coastal Cleanup is a great idea, but if we each do our own small part daily, the place we call home will be all that more special.

Bob Popoff