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South Marco beach clean-up a laborious necessity

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In volunteer April Olson's bag, litter included everything from straws to a plastic McDonald's salad dressing pouch.

Kelly Merrritt Special to the Eagle In volunteer April Olson's bag, litter included everything from straws to a plastic McDonald's salad dressing pouch.

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It's ironic that adjacent to two trash cans, volunteer Bob Deane finds several pieces of litter.
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Teacher Patty Loverock spots several small pieces of litter among the ground vegetation along the beach.
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In volunteer April Olson's bag, litter included everything from straws to a plastic McDonald's salad dressing pouch.
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Picking up litter is back breaking work as demonstrated by FGCU environmental studies student Neil Ayers.
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Bernardo Bezos checks in with FGCU volunteer and student Neil Ayers at the beach clean up on Sunday.

At first glance the beach along South Marco Island appeared in perfect condition. Yet it took less than 30 minutes for four people collecting trash on Sunday to fill each of their bags halfway. Students of the Environmental Studies Department of Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) volunteered to take part in the monthly cleanup on Marco Beach.

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