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SCCF seeking volunteers for annual Coastal Cleanup

By Staff | Sep 4, 2019


The community is invited to join the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation to help clean up the beaches of Sanibel and Captiva on the morning of Sept. 21 for the annual Coastal Cleanup.

SCCF will provide the trash bags, data cards, gloves, water and a T-shirt to all participants before they head out for their beach assignments from 9 to 11 a.m.

After collecting, documenting and disposing of their trash at the SCCF Nature Center, at 3333 Sanibel-Captiva Road, Sanibel, volunteers will be offered complimentary lunch items starting at 11 a.m. Doc Ford’s Rum Bar & Grille is the SCCF’s first lunch partner for the 2019 Coastal Cleanup.

“Last year’s Coastal Cleanup had to be canceled because of the water quality crisis,” SCCF Events & Facilities Manager Jeff Siwicke said. “That makes it even more important to have a great turnout this year. Together, we can remove coastal trash that hurts local economies, injures and kills sea life, and chokes the coastal environment.”

Individuals and families are most welcome to participate. Neighborhoods, workplaces, houses of worship and other groups are encouraged to form teams before signing up.

The local Coastal Cleanup efforts are coordinated in partnership by the SCCF and Keep Lee County Beautiful as part of the Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup.

To work Gulfside City Park or Bowman’s Beach, sign up at www.klcb.org/coastal-cleanup.html.

For other island locations or more information, contact Alex Horn at ahorn@sccf.org or call the SCCF at 239-472-2329.

According to the Ocean Conservancy, 10.5 million volunteers have cleaned 350,000 miles of shoreline collecting 192 million pounds of trash in the more than three decades of this international effort.