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Southwest Florida 5th of July beach cleanups

The night sky is lit by countless fireworks on the Fourth of July every year, but every blast leaves behind debris. The day after Independence Day residents are coming together to clean up the beaches and make Southwest Florida beautiful. Here’s some events you can participate in.

LEE COUNTY

Following the 4th of July celebrations, Keep Lee County Beautiful will be on the beach on the morning of the 5th for a beach cleanup.

On July 5, Southwest Florida beaches and parks need a good cleaning due to all of the fireworks and other festivities. Residents and visitors are invited to participate in the 5th of July Beach Cleanup from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.

So far three sites have been determined:  Bunche Beach, Fort Myers Beach with the meet-up location at Lynn Hall Memorial Park, and the Sanibel Causeway. Firework debris, sparklers, beer cans, lawn chairs, flip-flops and other party casualties will be collected and picked up before they have a chance to pollute our waterways.

Volunteers of all ages are welcome to participate.  Water, garbage bags, latex gloves and a limited supply of litter sticks will be provided. Please remember to bring your sunscreen. Learn more here.

COLLIER COUNTY

As another summer holiday approaches and draws large crowds to local beaches, the Old Naples Surf Shop prepares to protect the coastline from the additional waste produced at the beach as a result of the increased visitors during the 4th of July fireworks display with an early morning beach clean up.

The Old Naples Surf Shop  has partnered with Keep Collier Beautiful to host our 2nd Annual July 5th Beach Clean Up at 13th Avenue South in Downtown Naples. The Clean Up will take place on Friday, July 5th from 8am to 10am. Volunteers will meet at the beach entrance of 13th Avenue South to collect trash, keeping litter off the beach and out of the Gulf.

Pickers, gloves, and trash bags will be supplied by Keep Collier Beautiful as well as a FREE Coastal Clean Up T-Shirt.  Complimentary coffee and donuts will be provided by Bad Ass Coffee and Peace, Love, & Little Donuts.

Volunteers are encouraged to sign up at Old Naples Surf Shop or call the shop at 239-262-1877 before the event.  Should any volunteer need a beach parking sticker, temporary passes will be provided at event check in.  For more information, please contact Kathleen Robinson at Old Naples Surf Shop.

Writer:Lincoln Saunders
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