April 9th was the designated day to clean the beaches for Bay Day, part of Keep Collier Beautiful, the 21st anniversary of the event. Volunteers were met by Friends of Tigertail Beach, Susan La Grotta and Debbie Roddy with water, gloves and bags and sent on their way.
We have done a number of coastal clean ups and we found less stuff this year than most years. We picked up the usual pop cans, clothing, shoes, cigarette butts and paper, but only a half bag of stuff in two hours. This is a good thing.
Thirty-eight people collected 12 bags of trash. In addition they visited with guests on the beach.
Along the way we met Eric Askam who was just visiting from Michigan and does clean ups at home. He volunteered when he passed the Friends kiosk station.
David and Rebecca Shopay come by kayak every year and start cleaning from gulfside. Each of them had a good sized bag full.
New residents of Marco, Aaron and Lynn Lanhart, saw the sign-in sheet and quickly picked up bags to take on their walk.
We found a wood pallet stuck in the mangroves and reported it to Debbie Roddy, president of Friends of Tigertail who called in the report.
Tigertail is part of the Great Florida Birding Trail and we saw more birds than trash. There were a number of bird watchers out on the beach.
The Friends of Tigertail are always looking for new members. Besides quarterly clean up on the beach there are educational meetings. Friends offers birding information and maintains a butterfly garden at Tigertail Beach. For further information go to www.friendsoftigertail.com