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Volunteers sought for Great American Cleanup

April 9, 2014
By BOB PETCHER ( , Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer

Want to keep the beachfront and public lands clean? Time to join County and Beach coordinators and many others across the country in the nation's largest organized annual cleanup and beautification event called the Great American Cleanup this Saturday (April 12).

On that day, the Fort Myers Beach Community Foundation will be coordinating the Beach cleanup effort at Beach Elementary School. Volunteers are asked to check in at 9 a.m. They will be provided gloves, trash bags and water.

According to FMBCF member Alicia Steinhagen, volunteers can request to collect trash from a particular area or they will be assigned a section of beach. Everyone is encouraged to wear sunscreen and hats and protective clothing.

"The event is open to everyone, and it's a great family activity. It encourages citizens to get involved in their own communities," Steinhagen wrote an an email. "Groups of six or more are encouraged to register by calling 334-3488."

The annual spring event is a national occurrence that is sponsored by Keep America Beautiful. At the County level, Keep Lee County Beautiful, Inc., which brings people together to build and sustain vibrant communities, is encouraging people of all ages to volunteer for the Great American Cleanup event.

"Each and every day, we are focused on transforming public spaces into beautiful places in communities across the county," said Rudy Busch, KLCB executive director. "Whether the place is a neighborhood park or a river shoreline, public places provide a neutral space in which people can come together, share ideas and establish meaningful relationships. When provided with the right tools and resources, we've found that people tend to take better care of these places, resulting in even greater community benefits."



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