Photo Gallery | Coastal Clean-Up


Keepers of the Coast volunteers proved once again that a little time and a common interest can go a long way. Keepers of the Coast participated in the 26th Annual International Coastal Clean-Up today at the Frank Butler West Park in St. Augustine Beach. Volunteers began to arrive at 7:45am, and were ready to help in whatever way they could. 

Service groups from as far as south as Gainesville arrived by the car load: Circle K International of Sante Fe College and PK Young High School had over 20 volunteers, and were prepared to dig in. National Honor Society student groups from Murray and Gamble Rogers Middle Schools came and proved a very big change can come from small hands. First Coast SUP (Stand Up Paddleboards) provided paddleboards for volunteers to use in cleaning up hard to reach coast lines surrounding waterways and a handful of people brought their kayaks as well.

66 volunteers participated, and collected 2,905 cigarette butts, 150 pounds of recycling, and 75 pounds of trash.

“We were proud to be part of this global one-day effort for ocean health. Being at the intercoastal site educated several volunteers that preventing marine debris at the source (boat ramps, coastal parks, and marsh areas) can make a big difference in what reaches the ocean,” says Aubrey Mulligan, Outreach Coordinator with Keepers of the Coast. “Items ranging from old glass bottles, to tires, beach chairs, and even a discarded boom box stereo were collected today.”


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