On Saturday, September 21, The Apalachicola Riverkeeper organization, along with the Ocean Conservancy and Franklin County Departments of Parks & Recreation and Solid Waste & Recycling will host the 2019 Annual International Coast Cleanup in Franklin County. The cleanup, which covers the entire county from Alligator Point to west of Apalachicola is part of what is billed as the the world’s largest volunteer effort to help protect our oceans, lakes and rivers. The event runs from 8:30am to 11:30am at 16 locations in Franklin County and an 17th location at Saint Vincent NWR. Event coordinators provide trash bags, T-shirts, gloves, water, snacks, and data cards. Volunteers should bring sunscreen, bug spray, protective clothing, and sturdy shoes.
In Franklin County last year, 315 volunteers collected 3.4 tons of trash from the local beaches, bay, gulf, and river. Each year, volunteers not only remove trash from the environment but also record what they collect in order to develop ways to deter these trash problems in the future.
Cleanup Locations and Where to Meet:
Apalachicola: 10’ Hole Battery Park – under the bridge
Apalachicola – Abercrombie Landing – 12th Street out about 4 miles
Bald Point State Park: 146 Box Cut Rd, Alligator Point
Carrabelle: City Pavilion on Marine Street
Carrabelle: Carrabelle Beach Across from RV park
Eastpoint: Downtown Pavilion Area on HWY 98
Eastpoint: Marion Millender Park – off Patton St.
Lanark Beach: Public Access Pt. – Arizona St. south of Hwy 98
St. George Island: Downtown Lighthouse Park – in front of lighthouse
St. George Island State Park: Check-in at Park Gate (appropriate for adults)