Fort Lauderdale Beach Sweep – One-year anniversary
Date(s) - Sep 10, 2016
07:00 am - 11:00 am
On Saturday, September 10, 2016, Fort Lauderdale Beach Sweep will celebrate its one-year anniversary. The celebration will include participation in the Ocean Conservancy’s Annual International Coastal Cleanup. Fort Lauderdale Beach Sweep looks forward to record-breaking participation and the start to another year of impactful volunteer work on Fort Lauderdale Beach.
With more than 1,000 pounds of garbage, plastics and recyclables and in excess of 100,000 cigarette butts collected from Fort Lauderdale Beach in less than a year, Fort Lauderdale Beach Sweep is making a difference. The non-profit beach clean-up group is concerned not only with the environmental effects of litter on our beaches but with the economic impact as well.
Upon their one-year anniversary, more than 1,250 volunteers including students, environmentalists and beach lovers will have joined Fort Lauderdale Beach Sweep to give back to their community. Local non-profits, employer-based programs, alumni associations and students of any age seeking community service hours are all welcome to participate. Pre-registration is not necessary.
The all-volunteer organization is a partner with the City of Fort Lauderdale and works closely with the Neighbor Volunteer Office to ensure equipment and resources are available to carry out their mission: to provide clean beaches for our environmental, recreational and economic well-being.
The Beach Sweep recognizes that cleanup is not enough to curb the issue. For that reason, they’ve enlisted the help of environmental education group Kids Ecology Corps. (KEC) to provide educational sessions for all Beach Sweep volunteers during monthly clean-ups. KEC instructors teach how actions on land impact the health of our oceans and wildlife, and they also re-purpose some of the litter for projects. Local publisher and eco litter art artist Susie Q. Wood often participates by combing through collected trash to make art. Her work has been on display at Fort Lauderdale City Hall and Broward County Main Library.
Volunteers may arrive any time after 7:00am on the second Saturday of every month. The clean-up ends at 11:00am. Registration is at The Hub, where Las Olas meets the beach, 300 South Fort Lauderdale Beach Boulevard. Volunteers may collect litter for just one hour or all four. Buckets, grabbers and gloves are provided. Limited volunteer parking is available until 11:00am on clean up days at the Las Olas South Intracoastal Lot, 40 Las Olas Circle.
For more information about Fort Lauderdale Beach Sweep, visit Facebook.com/flbeachsweep or call 954.797.7793.