Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Monthly Beach Clean Ups – Let’s Get Out and Volunteer!

Beach Clean Up, October 24, with the Hilton, City of Marco Island, Publix and MICA. Marco Island Hilton Resort manager, Mac Chaudhry, had approximately fifteen of his staff members participate. Submitted

Beach Clean Up, October 24, with the Hilton, City of Marco Island, Publix and MICA. Marco Island Hilton Resort manager, Mac Chaudhry, had approximately fifteen of his staff members participate. Submitted

The City of Marco Island’s Beach Advisory Committee and Publix sponsored the monthly beach clean up last Sunday, October 24th. Two members of the Beach Advisory Committee attended and assisted that morning: Kevin Donlan, who is also the store manager of Publix and Bernardo Bezos, who also is on the Marco Island Civic Association (MICA) Beach Advisory Board. Mr. Donlan and Publix provided garbage bags, bottled water and gloves for the participants; Mr. Bezos monitored in the MICA gator to carry the supplies and debris collected.

The partner business this month was the Marco Island Hilton Resort. Manager, Mr. Mac Chaudhry had approximately fifteen of his staff members participate. The beach was observed to be well maintained, but the group still managed to collect ten large bags of trash. While enjoying the beautiful morning, the beach walkers found items such as beer cans and bottles, bags, and most abundantly, bottle caps and cigarette butts along the beachfront and in the dune areas.

The next monthly City of Marco Island Beach Advisory Committee Beach Clean Up is scheduled for Sunday, November 21st at 7 AM at the South Beach Access. The business partners for this clean up are M&I Bank and Marco YMCA.

All public are encouraged and welcome to volunteer and to participate. If a student or group needs to accrue community volunteer hours, this is a great way to earn a few hours. Please contact Nancy Richie, Environmental Specialist, City of Marco Island, at 239-389-5003 or nrichie@cityofmarcoisland.com.

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