Help clean up South Walton beaches on July 5

June 22, 2009

tdclogoTDC sponsoring “Beach Cleanup” day at beach accesses

WALTON COUNTY, Fla. – Visitors enjoy relaxing and vacationing in Beaches of South Walton, especially over holiday weekends. Unfortunately, each year Fourth of July celebrations leave the area’s pristine, white sand beaches littered with trash and firework debris. Therefore, the Walton County Tourist Development Council (TDC) and South Walton Community Council (SWCC) invite residents and visitors to help clean up the area’s beaches on July 5th from 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

The annual “Beach Cleanup” will be staged at the following beach accesses: Blue Mountain Beach Access, Dune Allen Beach Access, Ed Walline Beach Access, Grayton Beach Access, Seagrove Beach Access, Miramar Beach Access (on the western side of Pompano Joe’s), Van Ness Butler Jr. Beach Access (between Seaside and WaterColor), and Inlet Beach Access. Bags, gloves and bottled water will be provided at each location.

Beaches of South Walton is the only destination in the nation to have all 26-miles of contiguous shoreline certified as “Blue Wave” Beaches, a national designation given by the Clean Beaches Council. In addition, the TDC cleans the beaches 365 days a year and maintains more than 470 trash receptacles, ensuring the area’s beaches remain clean and pristine for residents, visitors and the abundance of marine life including nesting sea turtles. In addition, the county has enacted the “Leave No Trace” campaign, which encourages beachgoers to leave the beach as they found it by disposing of trash properly, filling in holes dug in the sand and removing personal articles from the beach each night.

The July 5th beach cleanup encourages stewardship of the county’s precious coastal area including beaches and rare coastal dune lakes.   For more information on volunteering contact Bill Schultz, 850-231-0947, saait@aol.com.