Jacksonville: Volunteers Needed for the 2020 Florida Coastal Cleanup
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The City of Jacksonville's Keep Jacksonville Beautiful invites residents to participate in the 2020 Florida Coastal Cleanup event. This event, which will provide volunteers with an opportunity to help beautify the city's shorelines, is part of the Ocean Conservancy's Annual International Coastal Cleanup (ICC).

DATE: Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020

WHAT: Florida Coastal Cleanup is a part of the annual ICC, the world's largest volunteer effort to help protect our ocean, lakes and rivers. Each year, hundreds of thousands of volunteers from around the world spend a few hours removing trash and debris from beaches, lakes, and rivers, keeping track of every piece of trash they find. Ocean Conservancy uses that information to produce an annual snapshot of the marine debris problem. Locally, in 2019, 8,830 pounds, or 4.41 tons of debris was collected by 1,075 volunteers who donated 2,213 hours of their time. The value of that volunteer time amounted to $56,277, based on hourly volunteer estimates by Keep America Beautiful.

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WHERE: Various locations across the First Coast.

Keep Jacksonville Beautiful will help Jacksonville volunteers clean and protect the environment by eliminating debris that injures wildlife, contaminates beaches, waterways, and threatens boater safety.
  • Local volunteers are needed to join this effort and can be part of a scientific study of litter/debris by recording results on data cards that will be provided.
  • Advance registration is not required. Site captains will register volunteers and provide bags and gloves at the sites listed below.
  • This event provides an opportunity for students to satisfy community service requirements. Service hour certificates will be available from site captains.

Site captains will register volunteers and provide bags and gloves at the cleanup locations.

Pre-registration is not required.

Participants must be over 18 or accompanied by an adult.

Service hour certificates will be provided for students.

This regional effort is part of the Annual International Coastal Cleanup coordinated by the Ocean Conservancy and supported locally by Keep Jacksonville Beautiful.

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Site locations and times are as follows:
8 - 10 a.m.
Oceanfront locations:
  • Jacksonville Beach Pier - 503 First N. St.
  • Atlantic Blvd. - At the ocean
  • Seagate Avenue & 20th Avenue N. - At the ocean
  • Beach Blvd. - At the ocean

9 - 11 a.m.
All other locations:
  • Blue Cypress Park - 4012 University Boulevard N.
  • Boone Park - 3700 Park St.
  • Burnett Park - 3740 Burnett Park Road
  • Castaway Island Preserve - 2921 San Pablo Road S.
  • Hollybrook Park - 319 Cherokee St.
  • Lonnie Wurn Boat Ramp - 4131 Ferber Road (8 a.m. – 10 a.m.)
  • Kathryn Abbey Hanna Park - 500 Wonderwood Drive, Atlantic Beach
  • Murray Hill - 1120 Edgewood Ave. (Meet at Community Loaves Bakery)
  • Oceanway Community Center - 12215 Sago Ave.  (8 a.m. – 10 a.m.)
  • Reddie Point Preserve - 4499 Yachtsman Way
  • T.K. Stokes Boat Ramp - 2120 Riverview St.
  • Walter Jones Historic Park - 11964 Mandarin Road
*Note: Locations and times are subject to change.stats

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