On July 9th 2016, H2O program coordinator Katelyn Cucinotta took two groups of roughly 40 students from Duke’s Talent Identification Program out to clean up debris at Siesta Key. Students from this program study at New College for a few weeks over the summer and use this cleanup to kick off their summer right and break the ice.
In total both teams collection weighed in at 126.44 pounds coming from 6,544 items! Including 87 fireworks, 68 balloons, 40 toys, 5 beach chairs/umbrellas, and 2 glowsticks. This cleanup took place after a post-fourth-of-July cleanup and there was still a lot of party debris left behind including 4 large garbage bags that were ALREADY full of trash when they were found in the dune system!
Top 10 Items Included:
|Plastic cap rings||412|
|Food containers (foam)||202|
According to Dr. Beach, Siesta Key was once known as America’s number one most beautiful beach in 2011. Since then, Siesta Key has not been ranked in the top 10 for best beaches on the American or Florida lists (US News & World Report). Participating in cleanups like these with Duke TIP are an important way to help our seas and beaches prosper!
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