TALLAHASSEE- The Florida Department of Environmental Protection's Florida Park Service, together with Florida's Coastal Office invites citizens to volunteer in the 2013 International Coastal Cleanup on Saturday, Sept. 21.
The International Coastal Cleanup started 25 years ago by the Ocean Conservancy. In 2012, more than 500,000 volunteers participated in the removal of 10 million pounds of trash along the world's coasts. This year, Florida citizens have been challenged to pull together more volunteers and collect more trash. You can make a difference in our world and in our oceans simply by providing just a few hours of your day on Saturday, Sept. 21.
"International Coastal Cleanup Day is a worthy endeavor that stretches throughout all coastal areas of the state -- and the world -- in an effort to clean up and improve the environment for marine life, residents and visitors," said DEP Secretary Herschel T. Vinyard Jr.
"The annual International Coastal Cleanup provides an opportunity for volunteers to help keep our beaches and coastal areas clean and free of pollution," said Donald Forgione, Director of the Florida Park Service, "Volunteering in Florida's famous sunshine helps people connect with nature."
Discarded trash results in injuries and deaths to marine life, damage to plant life and hazards to human health. With this global event, attention is brought to all sites around the world and not just the most popular and most traveled.
Florida sites where you can make a difference are listed below:
Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve, Millendar Park in Eastpoint, 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Cleaning up the mainland side of Bay shoreline.
Bald Point State Park, Alligator Point, 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Picking up trash that has washed up along the shoreline along with old road/building remains.
Dr. Julian G. Bruce St. George Island State Park, St. George Island, 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Picking up litter along the bayside.
Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park, Wakulla Springs, 9 a.m. to noon
Cleaning up the adopted section road that borders the park and leads to the Wakulla River.