The award-winning Beaches of South Walton are recognized as some of the cleanest most admired beaches in the nation. To ensure that the beaches remain pristine, the community is invited to join the worldwide effort to clean the coast during International Coastal Cleanup on Saturday, September 19 from 8 a.m. – 10 a.m.
Coastal Cleanup is an international program sponsored by the Ocean Conservancy engaging people to remove trash and debris from the world’s beaches and waterways, to identify the sources of debris and catalog, and to change the behaviors that cause pollution. Locally sponsored by the Walton County Tourist Development Council (WCTDC), the Surfrider Foundation and Walton County Schools this program encourages stewardship of the county’s precious coastal area.
This year’s event will have six main clean-up sites including Blue Mountain Regional Access, Dune Allen Regional Beach Access, Ed Walline Regional Beach Access, Grayton Beach Access, Topsail Hill State Preserve and Miramar Beach Regional Access on the western side of Pompano Joe’s. Complimentary cleanup supplies, water and Coastal Cleanup T-shirts will be provided at each access. We are especially pleased to partner with the Surfrider Foundation, whose purpose is the protection of the beaches. Our beaches are unique coastal environments with ecological, recreational and economic value. The Surfrider Foundation works proactively to promote conservation and responsible coastal management that avoids creation of coastal hazards or erosion problems.
Last year, nearly 400,000 volunteers collected more than 6.8 million pounds of trash in 104 countries and 42 US states during the 2008 International Coastal Cleanup — the world’s largest volunteer effort of its kind.
For more information on volunteering please contact Debby Pozza at (850) 267-1216 or write firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.oceanconservancy.org.