Volunteers Needed for the 2015 Florida Coastal Cleanup

September 16, 2015  
A resident walking along Jacksonville's beautiful coastal waterfront

Residents throughout the city are invited to participate in the 2015 Florida Coastal Cleanup event The City of Jacksonville’s Keep Jacksonville Beautiful Commission.  This annual event, which provides volunteers with an opportunity to help beautify the city’s shorelines, is part of the Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup (ICC).

DATE:
Saturday, Sept. 19
 
WHAT:
Florida Coastal Cleanup is a part of the 30th annual ICC, the world's largest volunteer effort held to help protect our ocean, lakes and rivers.  Each year, hundreds of thousands of volunteers from around the world spend a few hours removing trash and debris from beaches, lakes and rivers, keeping track of every piece of trash they find. Ocean Conservancy uses that information to produce an annual snapshot of the marine debris problem.  In 2014, more than 561,000 people picked up more than 16 million pounds of trash along 13,360 miles of coastline in 91 countries. More than 6,100 pounds of that litter and debris was picked up around Duval County by 317 volunteers who donated 632 hours during the event, which spanned four hours. The volunteer value of those donated hours amounts to more than $14,500.
 
WHERE:      
Various locations across the First Coast; see details on following pages
 
Keep Jacksonville Beautiful will help Jacksonville volunteers clean and protect the environment by eliminating debris that injures wildlife, contaminates beaches and   waterways, and threatens boater safety.
  • Local volunteers are needed to join this effort and can be part of a scientific study of litter/debris by recording results on data cards that will be provided.
  • Advance registration is not required.  Site captains will register volunteers and provide bags and gloves at the sites listed below.
  • This event provides an opportunity for students to satisfy community service requirements. Service hour certificates will be available from site captains.
Participants must be at least 18 years old or accompanied by an adult.  For their safety, volunteers should also:
  • Wear sturdy footwear, gloves, insect repellent and sun protection
  • Wear safety vests or bright colors when working roadside
  • Be alert for slippery wet surfaces or wildlife
  • Do not go into the water (river, creeks, the ocean, tributaries or ponds)
  • Bring drinking water and avoid overexertion; drink plenty of liquids
  • Do not remove or handle hazardous substances
  • Call 911 for emergencies 

Coastal Cleanup Site Locations

 
7 a.m. – 9 a.m.
Oceanfront locations:
 
Beach Boulevard
At the ocean.
 
Atlantic Boulevard
At the Ocean
 
16th Avenue South
At the ocean
 
Jacksonville Beach Pier
 
 
9 a.m. – 11 a.m.
 
Blue Cypress Park
4012 University Boulevard North
 
Confederate Park
956 Hubbard St.
 
Exchange Island
Meet at Arlington Boat Ramp at 5130 Arlington Road for a shuttle to the island.
Wear closed-toed or waterproof shoes.
 
Ft. Caroline National Memorial
12713 Fort Caroline Rd.
 
Hollybrook Park
319 Cherokee St.
 
Huguenot Memorial Park
10980 Hecksher Dr.
 
Joe Carlucci Sister Creek Boat Ramp
8414 McKenna Dr.
 
NS Mayport  Jetties Pavilion #3
Bon Homme Richard Street
Across from Damage Control Wet Trainer Facility
(Volunteers must have base access or arrange base access.)
 
Joe Carlucci Boat Ramp/Heritage River Road
8414 Heritage River Road
Boat Ramp 1 mile off of Heckscher Drive
 
Kathryn Abbey Hanna Park
500 Wonderwood Dr., Atlantic Beach
Meet at Dolphin Plaza
 
Northbank Riverwalk
111 Riverside Ave.
(Behind Haskell Building)
 
Reddie Point Preserve
4499 Yachtsman Way
 
Riverview Community Center & Park
9620 Water St.
 
Walter Jones  Historic Park
11964 Mandarin Rd.
 
Yacht  Harbor Basin
2941 St. John Ave.


This event is sponsored by the Ocean Conservancy and the City of Jacksonville’s Keep Jacksonville Beautiful.
2015 Keep Jacksonville Beautiful sponsors:
Florida Department of Transportation, Citi, Florida Inland Navigation District,  Hubbard Construction,  Riverside Arts Market, Republic Services
 
For more information visit www.coj.net/KeepJacksonvilleBeautiful