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Beach Cleanup to be held New Year’s Day

December 27, 2018
By MEGHAN BRADBURY ( , Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer

The Fort Myers Beach Community Foundation is seeking the community's help New Years Day morning for a beach cleanup.

Foundation Director Alicia Steinhagen said during season they attempt to hold Beach Cleanups periodically - in a perfect world, once a month.

"Our beaches are in a lot better shape than they used to be," she said.

The periodic cleanups held during the season has helped tremendously in both trash and influencing others to clean the beaches, she said.

"It's not uncommon for you to be taking a morning beach walk and seeing random people with a bag picking up trash. It seems people are much more focused on it and willing to support it. Our beaches are in pretty good shape," Steinhagen said.

The common items still found on the beach are cigarette butts and plastic caps from water bottles.

There are two cleanups that remain the same year after year, the day after the Fourth of July and New Year's Day, due to the number of people who travel to the beach for fireworks.

The next cleanup will take place at 8 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 1, at the Times Square clock.

"Anyone is welcome to come. We meet underneath the Times Square clock. We will provide plastic bags and gloves. We are usually out there for an hour to hour and a half," Steinhagen said.

The cleanup is held around the Time Square area and pier, she said because that is where the biggest concentration of people hang out in terms of fireworks. Volunteers are more than welcome to branch out as far north and south as they would like.

"We've had some chilly New Year's Day mornings, but yes, we usually get a very big turnout. A lot of members of the foundation and people who read about it in the paper," come out and help, Steinhagen said. "Parents and kids come out and do it as a group."

The foundation also works in conjunction with Keep Lee County Beautiful for cleanups a few times a year. The first is held mid to late April around Earth Day, and the other is mid to late September for the International Coastal Cleanup.

In addition, they also sponsor and work in conjunction with Keep Lee County Beautiful for the Monofilament Madness cleanup in October.

"That is a back bay effort on kayaks, paddleboards and boats to go out into the mangroves and cut down as much as the monofilament that we see and pull as much as we can from the back bay," Steinhagen said.

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