Environmental center, volunteers preparing for Coastal Cleanup

 FILE PHOTO    Bill McSharry, of Riverwood, carries a bag full of trash and debris he recovered in the brush at Oyster Creek Park at a previous International Coastal Cleanup. The next cleanup is at 9›a.m. Sept.›21. Volunteers will be scouring Cedar Point, Oyster Creek Regional and Buck Creek parks for garbage and other debris.

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Bill McSharry, of Riverwood, carries a bag full of trash and debris he recovered in the brush at Oyster Creek Park at a previous International Coastal Cleanup. The next cleanup is at 9›a.m. Sept.›21. Volunteers will be scouring Cedar Point, Oyster Creek Regional and Buck Creek parks for garbage and other debris.

Bobbi Rodgers and the Charlotte Harbor Environmental Center are prepping volunteers for the 2013 International Coastal Cleanup.

Volunteers should meet at 9 a.m. Sept. 21 at Cedar Point Environmental Park, 2300 Placida Road, Englewood.

Rodgers, environmental resources manager of the center, said there were 14 volunteers and over 200 pounds of trash picked up last year recorded from Cedar Point Park and Oyster Creek Regional Park.

About 561,633 volunteers picked up over 10 million pounds of trash last year covering a distance of almost 18,000 miles. It is the largest beach and waterway cleanup program with volunteers around the world participating, according to oceanconservancy.org.

This year, the cleanup will include Buck Creek Park.

“They didn’t do Buck Creek last year because it was really wet,” Rodgers said.

Rodgers said conditions aren’t likely to improve with recent weather activity.

“When you do a coastal cleanup, you’re not only cleaning up trash but also picking up what washes ashore,” she said. “Most of the things picked up are washed up from boats like containers, coolers and bottles.”

Rodgers said the most unusual item she’s found on a cleanup was a shotgun shell.

Barb Seibel has been volunteering for cleanups for three years. “We’re cleaning up around and along trails and down by the water (Lemon Bay) at Cedar Point,” she said. “It’s just a good thing to clean up the environment. It’s nice to see stuff like cans and bottles gone.” Seibel said cleanups average 15 to 20 volunteers. T-shirts will be available on a first-come, first-served basis and are in limited supply. Bags, gloves and data sheets will be provided as well as light refreshments, according to a press release.

For more information, call 941-475-0769.

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About Tom

Tom Chang is a freelance journalist with a background in multimedia journalism and web publishing. He is currently pursuing his Masters in Journalism and Media Studies from the University of South Florida St.Petersburg. He graduated in 2004 with a Bachelors Degree in Mass Communications at USF Tampa. Tom's interests include a little bit of everything from entertainment to sports. He also wishes to delve into creative writing writing sci-fi/fantasy stories. Tom was recently the Online Editor for USF St. Petersburg's the Crow's Nest, he joined the staff in January 2010 where he started freelance writing, photographing, copy editing and later became a staff writer. Tom’s freelance experience in journalism amassed a wide range of companies including Creative Loafing, The Focus Magazine, Lutz News, Examiner.com, and Tampa Tribune.
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