Friday, June 22, 2018

Plastic Free for Marco’s Beaches


Volunteers at the recent South Beach clean-up. Submitted Photos

Volunteers at the recent South Beach clean-up. Submitted Photos

Recently on Marco Island’s South Beach, volunteers from the Optimist Club and Key Club of Marco Island Academy joined residents, visitors and members of Marco’s Beach Advisory Committee (BAC) for an evening beach clean-up.

During the monthly beach clean-ups about 80% of what volunteers pick up are plastic products. The BAC is pushing hard to reduce the amount of plastic on Marco’s beaches. If it was up to the BAC, all businesses, hotels, restaurants and vendors adjacent to the beach would not include or offer disposable plastic beverage cup lids and straws when serving beverages to patrons or customers on or adjacent to the beach.

Katie O’Hara, known as the “straw lady,” supports eliminating the use of plastic straws from Marco’s beaches.

Katie O’Hara, known as the “straw lady,” supports eliminating the use of plastic straws from Marco’s beaches.

Major coastal cities in Florida, such as Palm Beach, Boynton Beach and the City of Miami Beach are leading the environmental fight in replacing plastic products with a reusable and biodegradable alternative in an effort to protect marine life now and for generations to come.

For more information about the Beach Advisory Committee beach clean-ups, visit the City of Marco Island website, under Government, Boards and Committees (cityofmarcoisland.com).

Love your Beach volunteers scour the vegetation for plastic litter.

Love your Beach volunteers scour the vegetation for plastic litter.

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