Monday, December 6, 2021

Beach Clean-Up and Sand Sculptures

Photos by Maria Lamb
| Starbucks Marco Island – thank you for your sponsorship.


Saturday, February 13th was the perfect day for a beach clean-up at South Beach with over 50 volunteers showing up to show how much they love their beach! It takes a lot of work to organize monthly beach clean-ups, but the City’s Beach and Coastal Resources Advisory Committee has had a lot of success encouraging stewardship and volunteerism from residents, businesses, and visitors.

Ace Painting’s O’Donnell Family – thank you.

Thanks to the sponsorship of local businesses such as Ace Painting and Starbucks, volunteers collected more than 50 pounds of trash. Also, students from Marco Island Academy’s Honor Society joined in. Some volunteers happened to just come upon the clean-up group and wanted to join. Others were temporarily staying at condos nearby and wanted to bring the family to the beach for the clean-up. Word gets around and pretty soon we had over 50 enthusiastic helpers. Also, thanks for the support of Marco Island’s Growth Management Dan Smith and Tonia Selmeski who came from Naples and John Lafakis from Public Works. 

How can you tell a plastic straw from a biodegradable one? At first glance they look the same. According to Ruth McCann there is a very simple test: if you bend the plastic straw, it will snap back up. The biodegradable or corn- based kind used by most of the restaurants on the beach will show cracked lines where it was bent and usually does not snap back up.

During this beach clean-up there was the visible presence of blue plastic straws (see photo) on the beach. Author and several volunteers brought back a handful of the blue plastic straws. Based on the test – it snapped back up – indicating it was a plastic straw. Single use plastic straws are not allowed on Marco’s beaches.


Please Save the Dates: 

March 13, 2021 at South Beach at 8 AM – Sponsored by America’s Boating Club and Wesley United Methodist Church Youth Group

March 27, 2021 at South Beach at 8 AM– Marco Island Watersports

Dogs on the beach are NOT allowed.




In the MOOO-D for bovine sand sculptures? Please head North to the South Seas Tower Four – Gulf side – to view the famous Marco Cow Sand Sculptures. Charlie Green was in town with his wife Susan and they have been very busy with their Cowmazing sand sculptures with very clever depiction titles.

Charlie and his family are from the Green Meadows Dairy Farm of Elsie, Michigan, and each year he comes to Marco for his “beach therapy”. According to Charlie, it takes about 150 gallons of water to create one sand cow sculpture and these are large sculptures. 

Madeira Condo Re-roofing Project. If you’ve been to the beach and noticed a very tall FAA building crane on the beach outside the Madeira Condos, they are finally going to start their much-delayed re-roofing project with a five-month anticipated finish time.




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