This summer, Sea to Shore Alliance adopted Ocean Inlet Park, a ridiculously littered inlet and beach park in Boynton Beach, Florida.
To kick off the adoption, our Healthy Habitats & Oceans program (H²O) hosted a cleanup at the park on August 15th. Prizes, including a skateboard deck and surf apparel, were donated by local supporters Nomad Surf Shop, Smile share the vibe, and Surf Shack Smoothies and Subs.
Watch the video here to see if for yourself!
Prize categories included:
- The heaviest collection overall – Awarded to two boys who collected lawn chairs, fishing poles, and boating debris from the intracoastal waterway
- The most items collected overall – Awarded to a mother and her sons who collected over 400 items
- The strangest item – Awarded to a family who found a hair extension
- “Good sport” prize – Awarded to two boys who started collecting promptly at 8:00 AM and turned in two loads of trash before leaving for work at 9:00 AM. Talk about dedication!
Due to a miscommunication with the datasheets, the records are incomplete, but we did record the removal of AT LEAST:
• 741 cigarette butts
•107 aluminum cans
•107 food wrappers
•4 cell phones
•1 digital camera
•over 213 meters of fishing line – This brings our total to 1,215 meters of fishing line collected since July, 2015!
Altogether, over 1,636 items of debris are now absent from Sea to Shore Alliance’s adopted park. This is a park which a local native, Kenny Fuette (34) says was an amazing place to grow up in. Kenny says,
“I moved out of the country at age 19 and to return to the beaches where I learned to surf and respect the ocean, and to see their conditions now is a disappointment. With every footstep I took there is a cigarette butt or plastic, and the list goes on. Trash is a preventable, human generated problem that affects our ocean. While it may seem like it’s endless along our coastline there, there are people out there making a difference and no other event wields the power of a collective action like Sea to Shore Alliance.“
Thank you to the 44 participants who fought through a sweaty 2 hours to help promote healthy habitats and oceans for years to come.
Also thank you to Rewards for Causes for providing breakfast, and the Monofilament Recovery & Recycling Program (MRRP) for joining the cause, educating our community on the hazards of fishing line in our environment, and explaining how to reduce those threats with the simple use of MRRP bins!
If you’d like to get involved with further cleanups at Ocean Inlet Park, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or follow our webpage to see when the next cleanup will be! The oceans will thank you!