Coastal Cleanup Attracts Hundreds of Volunteers

Sep 17, 2018

Leon County has no marine coastline of its own. But that didn't stop hundreds of volunteers from taking part in the International Coastal Cleanup on Saturday, Sept. 15.

Volunteers for the Coastal Cleanup began showing up at first light Saturday morning.
Credit Tom Flanigan

Keep Tallahassee Beautiful's Diana Hansen was helping hand out bottled water, t-shirts and other supplies to those who showed up for the effort just after daybreak on Saturday.

"There will probably be 450, something like that, which is pretty great!" she remarked. "We have faithful volunteers who return every year, so we're very fortunate."

One of those volunteers was Gene Granger, director of service learning at Maclay School.

"All of the students, parents, teachers...an entire Maclay community thing and that's what is about getting everybody out onn one day in the fall and another day in the spring," he said.

Volunteers fanned out to the dozens of lakes, ponds and streams all over Leon County to pick up trash and debris.