Thursday, December 9, 2021

Monthly Beach Clean-Ups – Keeping It Clean For Everyone!



Have you noticed how nice the Marco Island beach looks? This is largely due to the monthly beach clean-ups organized by the City of Marco Island’s Beach Advisory Committee (BAC) and its chairman, Publix Manager, Kevin Donlan. He and BAC member and Marco Island Civic Association (MICA) board member, Bernardo Bezos, who volunteers the MICA beach vehicle, and other BAC members, are on the beach once a month with a sponsoring local business. The amount of trash collected and removed from the beach and dunes really has made a difference for all beach-goers!

At the last BAC beach clean-up, a huge group of staff and friends from CJ’s on the Bay participated. They made it a “fun in the sun” day! Meeting at the Marriott, sporting matching shirts and holding a scavenger hunt, the group removed many bags of trash from the Marco Island beach. The work was hardly noticed by the group since they made it more like play! Items found in large numbers were straws, plastic wraps, bottles and cigarette butts. This should remind everyone to take home what you bring to the beach.

The BAC will continue to have beach clean-ups in coordination with the quarterly Friends of Tigertail, Keep Collier Beautiful and the annual national Bay Day coastal clean-up events. Sasso’s sponsored the BAC beach clean-up for November. They met at 8 AM at the South Beach Boardwalk where it meets the sand, the Sasso’s group was armed by Kevin Donlan with gloves and bags and bottled water donated by Publix. Bernardo Bezos had the MICA beach vehicle ready to carry supplies, tired participants and full trash bags for disposal! Sasso’s had a great turn out!

The public is welcome to participate at any of the clean-ups – more hands on the beach; keeps it clean for everyone! Come out and join us! The dates for the upcoming beach clean-ups are as follows:

  • Saturday, December 3rd, 8 AM – Noon, at Tigertail Beach Park (meet at the kiosk) – sponsored by the Friends of Tigertail, Inc.
  • Sunday, January 22nd, 2012, 8 AM at the South Beach Boardwalk – sponsored by the BAC.

For more information on the Beach Advisory Committee or if your business is interested in sponsoring a beach clean-up, please contact Nancy Richie, Environmental Specialist, City of Marco Island, at 239-389-5003 or

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