Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Keeping It Clean

Rick’s Island Salon and Spa volunteers.

Rick’s Island Salon and Spa volunteers.

The once-a-month beach clean-up by local businesses, a program organized by Kevin Donlan, Chairman of the City of Marco Island’s Beach Advisory (BAC) and manager of Publix, continued this past Sunday, June 27th.

Last month, Publix employees scoured the beach for trash. This month it was Rick’s Island Salon and Spa’s turn! Rick Popoff, owner, had about twenty-five people — staff, family and friends, meet at the South Beach access to walk north to Tigertail Beach collecting garbage and debris on the beach.  The participants all had on t-shirts with bright orange sunbursts that read “Rick’s Island Salon and Spa: Beauty for You and the Environment.” It was a great effort with about twenty-six (26) large bags of trash collected and removed from the beach.  Bernardo Bezos, a BAC and Marco Island Civic Association (MICA) board member assisted with MICA’s “gator” vehicle, collecting the bags of trash for disposal.

The City of Marco Island’s Beach Advisory Committee (BAC) has had a long-term goal of keeping the Marco Island beach beautiful. The seven dedicated individuals on this committee regularly walk the beach, picking up trash and reporting issues of concern. This monitoring has improved communication between City and County staffs to address signs that need repair or replaced removal and disposal of large items that wash ashore, wildlife sitings and real-time conditions of the beach. The once-a-month beach clean-ups are keeping the Marco Island beaches beautiful. The public is welcome to participate.

The following list is the dates and businesses participating in the future.

Aug 15th CJ’s on the Bay and the Marriott Resort & Spa

Sep 19th Starbucks

Oct 17th Hilton Resort

Nov 21st M&I Bank and YMCA

Dec 19th Sandbar

Jan 22nd S&S Landscape, S&S Sprinkler and Calusa Pool Service

Feb 19th Gratkowski Painting and Mutual of Omaha Bank

Mar 19th City of Marco Island staff

For additional information or are a business that would like to participate, please contact Nancy Richie, City of Marco Island at 239-389-5003 or

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