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~Volunteers are needed for the more than 20 cleanup events scheduled statewide Sept. 15~


Volunteers at Gamble Rogers Memorial State Recreation Area at Flagler Beach pitch in during International Coastal Cleanup Day 2011.

TALLAHASSEE – Several Florida Department of Environmental Protection coastal and intercoastal properties and many Florida State Parks will be participating in International Coastal Cleanup Day on Sept. 15 and are seeking volunteers to help.
International Coastal Cleanup Day is a worldwide effort by volunteers to clean up and improve the environment. In Florida, both Gulf Coast and Atlantic Coast properties and parks will be participating. Inland properties are also involved.
Each year, discarded trash sickens, injures or kills marine animals, damages plant life and can also be a hazard to human health. This same trash also contaminates marine ecosystems and causes serious damage to boat props.
Many sites hold regularly scheduled cleanup events with local volunteers, friends groups and community organizations. The recognition brought by this global event -- which features half a million people in 150 countries -- brings attention to all Department sites and not just the most-traveled and popular parks, trails and aquatic preserves.
“With 100 miles of beautiful beaches, Florida’s state parks participate in the International Coastal Cleanup Day to provide an opportunity for volunteers to help keep our beaches and coastal areas free of trash and debris,” said Florida Park Service Director Donald Forgione. “When someone works to beautify a part of nature, they start to love it. For us, that means a sense of pride and increased stewardship all year round.”
“I have seen mounds of trash from just one site, imagine what a difference that makes across our state," said Kevin Claridge, Director of DEP's Office of Coastal and Aquatic Managed Areas. "Each single piece of trash collected is no longer damaging plants, animals and water quality because it is permanently out of the system. For a little bit of personal time, together, we make a huge difference.”
While cleanup efforts vary, participants should wear protective clothing, work or close-toed shoes, sunscreen, bugspray and bring water and snacks.
Florida State Parks and DEP properties that are participating:

Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve

300 Tower Road


8-11:30 a.m.

Participants will receive a Keep Collier Beautiful T-shirt.

Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve

Marion Millender Park off Patton Street

East Point

8:30-11:30 a.m.

Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve

505 Guana River Road

Ponte Vedra Beach

8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Biscayne Bay Aquatic Preserve

1277 NE 79th St.


9 a.m. to noon

Estero Bay Aquatic Preserve

700-1 Fisherman's Wharf

Fort Myers Beach

9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

DEP Northwest District Ecosystem Restoration

Project Greenshores- Three Mile Bridge parking lot


8:30 to 11:30 a.m.

John D. MacArthur Beach State Park

10900 Jack Nicklaus Drive

North Palm Beach

8 a.m. to Noon 

Sebastian Inlet State Park

9700 S. State Road A1A

Melbourne Beach

8 to 11 a.m. 

Hillsborough River State Park

15402 U.S. 301 North


8 a.m. to Noon 

Crystal River Preserve State Park

3266 N. Sailboat Ave.

Crystal River

8 a.m. to Noon 

Henderson Beach State Park

17000 Emerald Coast Parkway


8 to 10 a.m. 

Hugh Taylor Birch State Park

3109 E. Sunrise Boulevard

Fort Lauderdale

8 a.m. to Noon 

Werner-Boyce Salt Springs State Park

1603 Cinema Drive

Port Richey

8 a.m. to Noon 

Camp Helen State Park

23937 Panama City Beach Parkway

Panama City Beach

9 a.m. to Noon 

St. Andrews State Park

4607 State Park Lane

Panama City

8 to 11a.m. 

Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park

465 Wakulla Park Drive

Wakulla Springs

9 a.m. to Noon 

Fort Clinch State Park

2601 Atlantic Avenue

Fernandina Beach

10 am to Noon 

Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park

11135 Gulfshore Dr.


8 to 11 a.m. 

Anastasia State Park

1340-A State Road A1A South

 St. Augustine

 8 to 11 a.m. 

John U. Lloyd Beach State Park

6503 N. Ocean Drive

Dania Beach

9 a.m. to Noon 

Dr. Julian G. Bruce St. George Island State Park

1900 E. Gulf Beach Drive

 St. George Island

8:30 to 11:30 a.m. 

Washington Oaks Gardens State Park

6400 N. Oceanshore Boulevard

Palm Coast

8 a.m. to 1 p.m.