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Keep Lee County Beautiful hosts beach clean-ups

Posted at 2:32 PM, Jul 05, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-05 14:32:55-04

LEE COUNTY, Fla. – The Fourth of July has come and gone, and trash and debris from the holiday was left behind. But some Southwest Floridians did their part to keep our beaches clean.

The Fourth of July Clean Up is Leep Lee County Beautiful’s annual event.

“So that when the next storm comes through, which we know is going to happen today, that all the debris is not washed into the Gulf,” says Mike Thomas, event coordinator for Keep Lee County Beautiful.

More than 100 people showed up at the Fort Myers Beach location.

“No one wants to look at trash. People are nasty & someone has to pick it up,” says Shawn Crister, a pastor.

Shawn is one of 25 people from the Ministerial Association of Fort Myers who gave up their Friday morning because “we made it a pledge to say, we are going to do something all year long, so this event is something we decided to partner with.”

What they hope to clean up the most is all the plastic. “Because it starts breaking down into smaller pieces and then marine life eats it,” says Thomas.

The non-profit also had clean ups at Bunche Beach & Sanibel Causeway.