ENGLEWOOD — Members of the Charlotte Harbor Parrot Head Club have adopted a retention pond at the corner of Placida Road and Michigan Avenue, and they routinely clean it up after debris has blown in from the street, as part of the county’s Adopt-a-Pond program.
But they still could use some help. A cleanup is scheduled there at 9 a.m. today. The club is made up of devoted Jimmy Buffett fans who describe themselves as “Parrot Heads.”
“All of us are pretty active in the environment,” said Karen Powers, member liaison director of the club, and co-chairwoman of pond cleanup. “The first time there was quite a bit (of trash), but now since it’s been fenced off, we pick up mostly fast-food cups, paper and other debris.”
The club cleans up around the pond and does some edging.
“We walk around the perimeter and pick up trash,” said Linda Harrison, co-chair of pond cleanup. “During one cleanup, one of our members brought a kayak. We picked up a lot of trash from that.”
Bobbi Rodgers is the Adopt-A-Pond volunteer coordinator and resource manager of the Charlotte Harbor Environmental Center at Cedar Point Environmental Park.
Two ponds have been adopted in Charlotte County and both are in Englewood, Rodgers said. The other pond was adopted by photographer Robert Shainline at Buck Creek.
There are around 12 more ponds available for adoption in Charlotte County.
“I think people don’t really know about (the Adopt-A-Pond program),” Rodgers said. “They know about the Adopt-A-Road program. I think a big part is lack of advertising.”
Sarasota County also has an Adopt-A-Pond program. Five ponds are adopted under the program.
“We identify a location and we will set it up for people who want to participate,” said Larry Alexander, manager of solid waste collection for Sarasota County. “We don’t really have a list since it’s not a very popular program.”
Volunteers are encouraged to bring gloves and work clothes. Bottled water and trash bags are provided.
Powers said around a dozen people are expected today to help clean up the pond on Placida Road.
Ponds available to adopt in Charlotte County include the Carmalita pond in Punta Gorda, and a Kings Highway mitigation pond in Port Charlotte. Englewood ponds available include one at Buck Creek, two near the corner of Bourbon Street and Louisiana Avenue, one at the end of Downing Street, one by the corner of Placida Road and Gladys Street, and one near the intersection of Pine Street and Placida Road.
For more information about the Adopt-A-Pond program in Charlotte County, call 941-475-0769. In Sarasota County, call 941-861-5399.