Editorial: Coastal Cleanup Lessons learned on beaches

Thanks to all the high school students and others who turned out for this past weekend’s Coastal Cleanup project in Collier County.

Our coverage of the proceedings showed two new wrinkles. Students stopped to wonder how odd bits of trash such as crayons and traffic safety cones got there. They also took notes — on what not to do themselves when they think about pitching trash anywhere other than the garbage can.

Postscript: The late Bonita Springs Beach protector, Marge Ward, used to tell us over and over again that beaches are not ashtrays. Her successors still have work to do, as volunteers reported still finding loads of cigarette butts.

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