More than one thousand people showed up Saturday morning 9/25 to start picking up trash on the coastline. Keep Wakulla County Beautiful volunteers teamed up with the St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge to clean up a larger area in the annual Coastal Cleanup.
Executive Director of Keep Wakulla County Beautiful hopes this day of collection will become more of a lifestyle for local residents.
"We're hoping that by reaching the children and reaching those parents that they go out and are environmetal stewards and really learn what
one person can do in a single day if you are joining a group," said Erica Morse, Executive Director of Keep Wakulla County Beautiful.
Last year the group collected several tons of trash at the Wakulla collection sites alone, and they are hoping to do more this year.
Adult volunteers remember when there wasn't a clean up.
"When I was growing up they didn't have these recycling programs and didn't have a lot of clean up programs and a lot of trash was just piled up when I was a kid and I noticed it and hated it.. it's really important to instill in the kids these days the importance of keeping the environment clean," said David McInnes.
That is why many Wakulla parents brought their children out to the clean up.. and the kids enjoyed it too.
Jill Chandler, WCTV Eyewitness news, Panacea, FL