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Patch Picks Up Trash at Clearwater Beach

Clearwater Patch and friends removed 20 bags of trash from the mangroves at Clearwater Beach Recreation Center on Tuesday morning. Some interesting items included wood planks, countless bottle caps and a toy stroller.

Removing 20 bags of trash from the mangroves at the  on Tuesday morning proved to be a sweaty endeavor.

As the official sponsor of the Clearwater Beach Recreation Center complex, Clearwater Patch is helping to keep it clean.

So when we got word of all the trash and debris that Tropical Storm Debby washed ashore there, my colleagues — Editors  from Palm Harbor Patch,  from Dunedin Patch,  from Largo Patch, Assistant Local Editor  and Assistant Regional Editor  — and I agreed to join forces and embark upon a quest to clean it up.

When we arrived early Tuesday morning, JP Atherholt, Clearwater Beach recreation supervisor, greeted us and explained our task: rising tides and heavy rainfall from Tropical Storm Debby pushed additional trash into the mangroves and along the shore.

We had three hours to fill as many trash bags and remove as much debris as we could. So we moved swiftly on the south shore, from the pool area to the recreation complex, making sure to drink plenty of water, wear sunscreen and gloves. The city provided long reach pick up grippers, two types of gloves, trash bags and the pool to jump in when we finished.

At the end of three hours, we filled 20 bags of trash with bottles, plastic bags, cans, styrofoam and some other odd items including: 

  • 1 rollerblade
  • 1 toy stroller
  • 1 fishing pole
  • 1 fully functional GPS
  • 2 blankets
  • 1 bicycle wheel
  • 1 hypodermic needle
  • 2 sets of Christmas lights
  • 1 Santa hat
  • 2 pair of underwear
  • 1 piece of terracotta sewer pipe
  • numerous pieces of driftwood, plywood and PVC pipe
Sunde Farquhar July 11, 2012 at 11:44 AM
It was great to be able to help clean up! The wide variety of stuff we found was amazing. Who knew there'd be so much trash hidden in the mangroves?!!
Jared Leone July 11, 2012 at 12:16 PM
The clean up was a lot of fun and what a difference it made. Thanks for your help Sunde!
Carl Schrader July 11, 2012 at 04:24 PM
Thank you Jared, Sunde, Katie, Melissa, Jeffrey, and Jason for making the Clearwater Beach Recreation Center look nicer.
Jared Leone July 12, 2012 at 12:23 AM
I'm glad we could help pitch in and help clean up!
Nate July 12, 2012 at 11:11 PM
Looks like only gurls' were cutoff's... Nice work.
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