10 Oct Please Volunteer! International Coastal Clean-Up Saturday October 13th!
Many volunteers will be needed to help in this years effort to rid Florida’s coastlines of litter, pollution and debris. The sites throughout Lee County are coordinated each year by Keep Lee County Beautiful, Inc. for collection and documentation of beach litter. This is a global effort and we are looking for volunteers to assist us again in the 2018 International Coastal Cleanup. This event will take place on Saturday, October 13th, as long as weather is permitting.
Thank you for your support!
Date: Saturday, October 13, 2018
Time: 9:00 am – Noon
*The event date has been changed due to water conditions caused by red tide.
Bonita – Lovers Key State Park Event Field (Across the street from Lovers Key State Park,
Fort Myers Beach 33931)
Bunche Beach – 18201 John Morris Road, Fort Myers 33908
Cape Coral Yacht Club – 5819 Driftwood Pkwy #A, Cape Coral 33904
Dog Beach/Four Corners – 8800 Estero Blvd., Fort Myers Beach 33931
Fort Myers Beach Elementary School – 2751 Oak Street, Fort Myers Beach 33931
(Primary check-in site for FM Beach)
Horton Park – 2618 SE 26th PL, Cape Coral 33904
Jaycee Park – 4215 SE 20th PL, Cape Coral 33904
Sanibel Causeway Islands – (Check in Island B) *note $6 toll coming from Fort Myers side
Wyndham Garden Hotel – 6890 Estero Blvd, Fort Myers Beach 33931
*For Experienced Paddlers – Paddle craft required (kayak, paddle board, canoe)*
Picnic Island – Volunteers will paddle to and from Picnic Island (approx 1.5 mile each way)
Check in and launch from Sanibel Causeway Islands (Island B)
Visit our Facebook page to see photos from last year’s event!
Environmental & Economic Hazards
Marine life can easily be entangled in fishing line, nets, and six-pack rings. Fish, birds and turtles mistake trash like styrofoam, plastics, and cigarette butts for food, which may eventually lead to starvation.
Marine debris weakens coastal economies by sapping dollars from the tourism and seafood industries. Tourism in Lee County contributed $2 billion to the regional economy last year, and we’d like to keep it that way.
Keep Lee County Beautiful, supported by the Ocean Conservancy and Florida Fish & Wildlife, organizes coastal cleanups in the fall to remove debris along our shoreline. In the last five years, our Coastal Cleanup program has brought together more than 11,000 volunteers to remove over 90,000 pounds of trash from Lee County waterways.
International Coastal Clean-up
Keep Lee County Beautiful is the Lee County coordinator for Ocean Conservancy’s annual International Coastal Cleanup, the largest volunteer effort of its kind. Every September for 31 years, ICC has motivated over nine million people from around the world to pick up over 144 million pounds of trash from nearly 300,000 miles of shoreline.
If you’d like to be a Site Coordinator for a Lee County coastal cleanup, email Mike Thomas at Mike@klcb.org to stake your claim. If you know of other sites in need of help, please let us know.
Corporate Sponsorships & Clean-ups
Keep Lee County Beautiful is seeking corporate partners who will help support our fall coastal cleanup program, either financially or through in-kind gifts of needed supplies. With your support, Keep Lee County Beautiful can coordinate a corporate cleanup for your organization.