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Volunteers wanted for Florida Coastal Cleanup
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The City of Jacksonville's Keep Jacksonville Beautiful Commission and Clean It Up, Green It Up encourage individuals and organizations to participate in the 2011 Florida Coastal Cleanup. This event, which will provide volunteers with an opportunity to help beautify the city's shorelines, is part of the Ocean Conservancy's Annual International Coastal Cleanup.

Florida Coastal Cleanup is a part of the 26th annual International Coast Cleanup, the world's largest volunteer effort to help protect our ocean, lakes and rivers. Since 1986, thousands of volunteers from around the globe have come together for the Ocean Conservancy's International Coastal Cleanup, making it historically the largest and most successful volunteer event of its kind. During the 2010 International Coastal Cleanup, more than 600,000 volunteers collected and removed more than 8 million pounds of trash.

Keep Jacksonville Beautiful will be on hand to assist Jacksonville volunteers as they clean and protect the environment by eliminating debris that injures wildlife, contaminates beaches and waterways and threatens boater safety.

Local volunteers are needed to join this effort and can be part of a scientific study of litter/debris by recording results on data cards that will be provided.

Advance registration is not required. Site captains will register volunteers and provide bags and gloves at the sites listed below. Free T-shirts will be available while supplies last.

This event also provides an opportunity for students to satisfy community service requirements. Community service hour certificates will be available from site captains at the sites listed below.

Coastal Cleanup will be held Saturday September 17, 2011. Locations and times are listed below.

 

7-9 a.m.

• Oceanfront at:

Beach Blvd.

Atlantic Blvd.

 

7-11 a.m.

• Jacksonville Beach Pier

503 First St. N., 32250

 

8-10 a.m.

• Naval Station Mayport - Jetties Pavilion #13

Volunteers must have base access or arrange for base access.

 

9-11 a.m.

• Tillie Fowler Regional Park

7000 Roosevelt Blvd., 32244

 

• Northbank Riverwalk

Parking along Jackson St. by the YMCA

221 Riverside Ave., 32202

 

• Memorial Park

1620 Riverside Ave., 32202

 

• Yacht Basin Park

2941 St. Johns Ave., 32205

 

• Kathryn Abbey Hanna Park

500 Wonderwood Road, 32233

Volunteers must arrive by 10 a.m. to participate

 

• Henry Klutho Park

635 3rd St., 32206

 

• Helen Cooper Floyd Park (Little Jetties)

3600 state Route A1A, 32233

 

• Hogan Creek

Parking behind Jacksonville Historical Society

314 Palmetto St., 32202

 

• Blue Cypress Park

4012 University Blvd. N., 32277

 

• Ft. Caroline National Memorial

12713 Fort Caroline Road, 32225

 

• Reddie Point Preserve

4499 Yachtsman Way, 32277

 

• Riverview Community/Senior Center/Park

9620 Water St., 32208

 

• Huguenot Memorial Park

10980 Heckscher Drive, 32226

 

• Joe Carlucci Boat Ramp

8414 Heritage River Road, 32226, one mile off of Heckscher Drive

 

Participants must be over 18 or accompanied by an adult. For their safety, volunteers should also:

- Wear sturdy footwear, gloves and sun protection;

- Wear safety vests or bright colors when working roadside;

- Be alert for slippery wet surfaces and wildlife;

- Bring plenty of drinking water and avoid overexertion;

- Not remove or handle hazardous substances;

- Call 911 for emergencies;

- Wash hands after cleaning.

 

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