Hundreds expected at annual coastal cleanup this weekend

Hundreds of volunteers are expected to fan out across Southwest Florida this weekend to participate in the International Coastal Cleanup.

The annual event, organized around the world by The Ocean Conservancy and locally by Keep Collier Beautiful, takes place from 8 a.m. to 12 noon this Saturday.

Keep Collier Beautiful organizers expect some 1,000 people to be picking up litter from local beaches, canals and neighborhoods.

Cleanup sites are planned at Bonita Beach Access No. 1, Vanderbilt Beach, Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park, Lowdermilk Park, the Naples Pier, Bayview Park in East Naples and Tigertail Beach on Marco Island.

Cleanups also are planned at the Goodland Bridge and the Judge S.S. Jolley Bridge to Marco Island. Dumpsters will be at 44th Street Southwest and Golden Gate Parkway to collect garbage from Golden Gate.

Boats are leaving from Marco River Marina and Cedar Bay Yacht Club, according to Keep Collier Beautiful. The Calusa Island Marina is home base for a cleanup of the Ten Thousand Islands.

Everglades National Park's Gulf Coast District in Everglades City is cleaning up three camping beaches at Picnic Key, Tiger Key and Indian Key, according to the International Coastal Cleanup website, www.signuptocleanup.org.

Volunteers are invited, but groups of 10 or more should sign up ahead of time by calling Keep Collier Beautiful at 580-8319.

Bottled water, bags and T-shirts will be available at the cleanup sites while supplies last.

Sponsors include Collier County, the city of Naples, Waste Management, AshBritt, Mutual of Omaha Bank, Saltwater Sports and T-Shirt Xpress.

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