Ninth Annual Community Beach Sweep Slated for GA/FL Football Weekend

College of Coastal Georgia students prepare to remove beach litter at the 2015 beach sweep.

Ninth Annual Community Beach Sweep Slated for GA/FL Football Weekend

BRUNSWICK, GA (September 27, 2016) Organizers of the ninth annual “GA/FL Football Weekend Community Beach Sweep” are seeking volunteers to help with the community litter removal endeavor. On the morning of Saturday, October 29th, community members and volunteers will assist officials in removing St. Simons Island beach litter left behind by pre-game merriment.

Each year on the day before the annual Georgia/Florida football game, 8,000+ football fans gather in a small area on St. Simons Island’s East Beach. Waste left behind such as foam coolers, beverage cans and bottles can easily end up in the ocean and become a threat to marine life without intense cleanup efforts.

Students and football fans enjoying the St. Simons beaches are encouraged to “stash their trash” in the provided beach trash and recycling containers and to refrain from using plastic foam and glass products.

“Relocating the Friday football beach gathering down to the old Coast Guard Station beach has greatly helped with day-of trash removal,” said Lea King-Badyna, executive director of Keep Golden Isles Beautiful. “But the game day Community Beach Sweep is still necessary to remove any remaining beach litter. This year we will especially focus on the tiny bits of plastic, plastic foam and cigarette butts left behind.”

Volunteers are asked to meet at 7:30 am on October 29th at the old Coast Guard Station beach entrance boardwalk on St. Simons Island. Trash bags and gloves will be provided on site by Keep Golden Isles Beautiful and actual volunteer work time is anticipated at two hours.

“Again this year we are concentrating volunteer efforts on Saturday morning of the Georgia/Florida football weekend,” said King-Badyna.  “On this high-volume weekend, fans, civic clubs, church groups, youth groups, businesses and individuals are all invited and encouraged to come out and help keep our Georgia beaches litter-free. This is an opportunity for community members to make a big difference in our own back yard and to keep our coast healthy.”

The 2016 community beach sweep initiative is organized by Keep Golden Isles Beautiful partnering with Glynn County government, UGA Marine Extension & Georgia Sea Grant,  UGA Public Service & Outreach, GA/DNR Coastal Resources Division, Golden Isles Convention & Visitors Bureau, Brunswick-Golden Isles Chamber of Commerce and its St. Simons/Sea Island Council, College of Coastal Georgia and GreenScene of Coastal Georgia.

For more information or to participate, please contact Keep Golden Isles Beautiful at or 912/ 279-1490. Come be a part of this good “clean” fun!

For an event flyer click HERE.

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