Coastal Cleanup Conflict

First the good news.

Two Saturdays ago more than 2,300 volunteers combed the county’s riverbanks and bay shores during the Florida Coastal Cleanup. Included were a number of high school students learning first hand how to be good stewards of the fragile, coastal environment they have inherited.

Now the bad news.

It was that necessary. If the volunteers’ haul, which included beer bottles, cigarette butts, rotting food, fishing lines, shopping carts and boxes of spent firecrackers, was anything like the previous year’s, they picked up some 70,000 pounds of debris.

Now for those of us who didn’t participate because we had a conflict.

We got what we deserved. That Gators-Tennessee game.

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