SUN PHOTO/TOM VAUGHT
A large number of volunteers reported in to the Bradenton
Beach station including several Girl Scout troops,
like the ones shown above on the beach.
By Tom Vaught
sun staff writer
Cooler temperatures and sunny skies greeted volunteers for
the annual Keep Manatee Beautiful Coastal Cleanup last Saturday.
They came from the mainland and from their Island homes
and picked up trash from the bay, the Gulf, the roadsides
and from under the water, according to Keep Manatee Beautiful
Executive Director Ingrid McClellan.
As of Monday, not all cleanup stations had reported to her,
but the figures from those that did were promising.
Last year, we had 1,146 volunteers and this year,
with 10 stations not reporting yet, we had 905, so I expect
the final number to be higher than last year, McClellan
said. As for the amount of trash removed, with 10
stations not yet reporting, we have 17,153 pounds compared
to 24,572 pounds last year. I expect well have at
least the same amount this year.
On the Island, Anna Maria had 25 volunteers bring in 302
pounds to the station at city hall.
McClellan said that Holmes Beach had 63 volunteers who brought
in 1,267 pounds, not counting the Anna Maria Island Privateers,
who turned out early but were late in reporting.
Bradenton Beach had a surprising strong turnout 202
volunteers many of them from Girl Scout and Brownie
troops. They brought in 885 pounds.
Fifteen scuba divers who worked out of Sea Trek Divers in
Bradenton Beach scoured Spanish Rocks and brought in 132
pounds of trash.