Coast Guard Cleaning South Beach During International Coastal Cleanup Efforts

MIAMI – Coast Guard men and women stationed throughout South Florida will be volunteering their support for the 22nd Annual International Coastal Cleanup on South Beach, Fla., between 9 a.m. and noon Saturday.

Nearly 150 to 200 Coast Guardsmen are expected to walk South Beach between 10th Street and Government Cut helping the Miami-Dade Coastal Cleanup project in an effort to remove trash and debris littering the world-renowned tourist destination.

Thousands of volunteers worldwide representing more than 80 countries will head to shores, riverbanks, beaches and reefs Sept. 15 to remove debris that can potentially harm wildlife and choke waterways with pollution.

“I think it’s important to take time during an event like this and join members of our community to protect the resources we have now for our families in the future,” said Chief Petty Officer Robert Wood, an operations specialist for the Seventh Coast Guard District.

The first year the program was instituted, more than 10,500 Floridians cleaned 915 miles of shoreline and collected 194 tons of debris. For more information on the coastal cleanup efforts you can visit www.miamidadecoastalcleanup.org or www.oceanconservancy.org.

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