Last month, Publix employees scoured the beach for trash. This month it was Rick’s Island Salon and Spa’s turn! Rick Popoff, owner, had about twenty-five people — staff, family and friends, meet at the South Beach access to walk north to Tigertail Beach collecting garbage and debris on the beach. The participants all had on t-shirts with bright orange sunbursts that read “Rick’s Island Salon and Spa: Beauty for You and the Environment.” It was a great effort with about twenty-six (26) large bags of trash collected and removed from the beach. Bernardo Bezos, a BAC and Marco Island Civic Association (MICA) board member assisted with MICA’s “gator” vehicle, collecting the bags of trash for disposal.
The City of Marco Island’s Beach Advisory Committee (BAC) has had a long-term goal of keeping the Marco Island beach beautiful. The seven dedicated individuals on this committee regularly walk the beach, picking up trash and reporting issues of concern. This monitoring has improved communication between City and County staffs to address signs that need repair or replaced removal and disposal of large items that wash ashore, wildlife sitings and real-time conditions of the beach. The once-a-month beach clean-ups are keeping the Marco Island beaches beautiful. The public is welcome to participate.
The following list is the dates and businesses participating in the future.
Aug 15th CJ’s on the Bay and the Marriott Resort & Spa
Sep 19th Starbucks
Oct 17th Hilton Resort
Nov 21st M&I Bank and YMCA
Dec 19th Sandbar
Jan 22nd S&S Landscape, S&S Sprinkler and Calusa Pool Service
Feb 19th Gratkowski Painting and Mutual of Omaha Bank
Mar 19th City of Marco Island staff