Eighteen committed volunteers recently helped five members of the Friends of Tigertail board clear trash from Tigertail Beach.
Two area residents are perennial participants in the beach clean-ups: Donna Kaczka, who collected the most debris, hauling in a 20-pound bag; and Art Dobberstein, who uses his paddleboard to reach otherwise inaccessible areas. Sahara Brown returned from the Marco Island Academy, receiving a student certificate of recognition.
Several first time attendees were also welcomed, some new to Tigertail Beach. A Marco Island Police Department Community Officer, John Kovacs, was on hand to assist the volunteers.
The goal is always to keep our beautiful beach pristine, and the good news is that less trash was found compared to previous clean-ups: 51 pounds. There were the usual bottles, cans, cigarette butts, and food wrappers, as well as leftover construction debris from recent storms.
Nature is dealing a heavy blow to the Southwest Florida coastline, and the Friends of Tigertail group urges beach goers to pack out their trash, so as not to increase the pressure on the animals and plants that call this area home. Special thanks go to the scheduled clean-up volunteers, and also to those who pick up debris on their own each time they visit the park, including Lee, a parking fee collector at Tigertail, who often collects beach trash before her shifts. Together, we can make a difference, and support this unique resource!
The next sponsored Tigertail Beach clean-up is on Saturday, April 13, 2019, in conjunction with the annual Keep Collier Beautiful – Bay Days Earth Day event. The Friends of Tigertail will host two other programs during the season: “Breakfast and Birds” on Saturday, January 5 and “Discover Tigertail” on Saturday, February 23.