LBTS Beach Clean-up: First Saturday every month
Last month marked the one year anniversary for the start of the Lauderdale-By-The-Sea beach clean-up. The cleanup effort was started by the Chamber of Commerce and has been a great success. I had the pleasure of joining the group recently for a clean-up and frankly I was shocked at the amount of trash you find sifting through the sand. We need more help if we are going to continue to have a positive impact on our beautiful beaches. Interested helpers are asked to be at the Pavilion on Commercial Blvd. at the beach by 9:00 AM. Gloves, bags and water will be provided. The summer heat is gone, so no more excuses.
What else can we do?
The beach cleanup is certainly a great cause, but it only scratches the surface when it comes to eliminating the litter from our beaches. It may sounds naive, but what if we just littered less? When you visit the beach are you really conscious of where that cigarette butt or bottle cap ended up? Have you ever dropped back for a 3 pointer at one of the portal trash cans and missed only to have your trash disappear into the bushes? Has a piece of paper ever blown out of your beach bag and out of sight before you can grab it? The point is that we don’t always intend to litter, but it happens anyway. So why not pick up someone else’s trash whether they intended to litter or not? And why not do our part every day, not just the first Saturday of the month. Try picking up around your beach towel when you go to the beach or grab that soda can from the reef while you’re snorkeling. And next time you see someone litter, tell them about our Saturday morning clean-ups. They may not show up to the clean-up, but they might just stop littering.