Sunday, September 27, 2020

FOT Nabs 240 lbs of Debris at Clean Up

FOT member Susan Lagrotta gives a first-time  volunteer the lay of the land. PHOTOS BY JOSEPH PARISI

FOT member Susan Lagrotta gives a first-time volunteer the lay of the land. PHOTOS BY JOSEPH PARISI

By Coastal Breeze News Staff

Friends of Tigertaill Beach are wrapping up season with a flurry of activity. On March 24, FOT hosted its annual Membership Appreciation Dinner, with more than 50 attendees, including three of the founding members.

Then on Saturday, April 12, FOT held the Annual Bay Days Beach Clean Up. A whopping 240 lbs. of trash and debris were collected in a total of 22 large garbage bags by some 70 volunteers. “Keep Collier Beautiful” provided the volunteers with garbage bags, plastic gloves, water bottles, item tally boards and event

Members of Girl Scout Troop 409 volunteered their Saturday morning to clean up the beach.

Members of Girl Scout Troop 409 volunteered their Saturday morning to clean up the beach.

T-shirts.

It was an astonishing mix of trash and discarded items this year, including cans and bottles — both glass and plastic — in the parking lot and a car tire, shovel, boat Bimini top, dock railing section, fly swatter, soccer and golf balls in the beach and lagoon areas. The number one item collected was cigarette butts, followed by plastic and paper bags, food wrappers, beverage cans, bottles, caps and lids. Shoes and clothing items, as well as building materials and fish netting also made the tally. The report of tallied

FOT Board Members Dick Stone (l-r), Linda Colombo, Gwynn Goodman, Susan LaGrotta and Barbara Parisi are ready for the clean up.

FOT Board Members Dick Stone (l-r), Linda Colombo, Gwynn Goodman, Susan LaGrotta and Barbara Parisi are ready for the clean up.

items will be forwarded to the “Keep Collier Beautiful” organization for compilation with other Collier County sites.

Event organizers want to thank all of “the enthusiastic volunteers who did an amazing job of helping to maintain the natural gem, Tigertail Beach.” If interested in helping out at the next FOT quarterly beach clean up, mark your calendar for Saturday, July 12, from 8 AM-12 PM. Volunteers are always welcomed and so appreciated.

Interested in becoming a member of Friends of Tigertail? Contact Joseph Parisi, membership chair, at 781-864-2392, or visit the web site at www.friendsoftigertail.com.

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