Keep Lee County Beautiful Inc. (KLCB) was thrilled to be a part of the Fourth Annual Captiva Coastal Cleanup on September 30thout of McCarthy’s Marina. Community partners across Lee County made the event possible which was organized by Captain Jimmy Burnsed of the Santiva Saltwater Fishing Team and his wife, Sarah.
The one hundred and forty volunteers came together by over twenty boats, twenty-five kayaks/SUPS, along with scuba divers and removed 8,934 pounds of trash and debris from Captiva coastal waters. The volunteers climbed through mangroves and dived to the bottom of Redfish Pass gathering enough debris to fill two dumpsters.
“These waterway cleanups are crucial as the county continues to recover from Hurricane Ian,” said Trish Fancher, Keep Lee County Beautiful Executive Director. “We are thankful to the Burnseds and all who supported the cleanup including the Southwest Florida Association of Environmental Professionals. We couldn’t be more grateful for the hard work and dedication of the volunteers to help make our waters cleaner and safer.”
Keep Lee County Beautiful will be holding their next waterway cleanup on Saturday, October 28th. Their annual “Monofilament Madness” marine cleanup will take place at multiple locations on Fort Myers Beach including the Estero Bay Aquatic Preserve and the Fort Myers Beach Yacht Basin. The volunteers will go out in boats, kayaks, canoes, jet skis and anything else that floats, to remove monofilament fishing line and other harmful debris from the mangrove areas of Lee County. After the event the volunteers will be treated to an appreciation lunch sponsored by Sam Galloway Ford. For additional information on the cleanup and how to get involved visit klcb.org.
About Keep Lee County Beautiful, Inc.
Keep Lee County Beautiful, Inc., established in 1989, is the county’s largest volunteer-based community action and education organization. This local nonprofit forms public-private partnerships and programs that engage individuals to take greater responsibility for
improving their community environments.
For more information, call 239-334-3488 or visit www.klcb.org.
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