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International Coastal Cleanup Day Returns

WALTON COUNTY, Fla. – Sept. 6 – The Walton County Tourism Department, along with the Friends of South Walton Sea Turtles, will once again host an International Coastal Cleanup Day on Saturday, Sept. 16 from 9 – 11 a.m.

Beth Coppedge, the Founder and President of Friends of South Walton Sea Turtles  (FOSWST) said; “Ocean trash and plastic pollution are huge threats facing our oceans, marine life, and beaches.  International Coastal Cleanup Day is an opportunity to educate residents and visitors about the global Clean Seas initiatives. This demonstrates FOSWST and Walton’s commitment to protecting not only our sea turtles but maintaining the pristine beauty of our sugary white sandy beaches for generations to come.” 

Residents, students and visitors are encouraged to participate in the world’s largest volunteer effort with the common goal of cleaning up our coastal waters for our ocean’s health. Volunteer Beach Ambassador teams will be hosting teams at five South Walton regional beach accesses listed below:

  1. Inlet Beach Regional Access, 438 S Orange St. Center, Inlet Beach
  2. Santa Clara Regional Access, 3468 E Scenic Hwy. 30A, Santa Rosa Beach 
  3. Ed Walline Regional Access, 4447 W Scenic Hwy. 30A, Santa Rosa Beach
  4. Dune Allen Regional Access, 5999 W Scenic Hwy. 30A, Santa Rosa Beach
  5. Miramar Beach Regional Access, 2375 Scenic Gulf Dr., Miramar Beach

Participants can choose to count their collected debris via the Clean Swell App, available through both the App Store and Google Play. Volunteers may sign in with a Beach Ambassador to ensure that service hours are tracked and counted if needed.

Information about the types of debris collected are communicated to the Ocean Conservancy’s global ocean trash database. This information will provide valuable data to experts and educational programs that work to address the ever-growing problem of ocean litter.

For more information on South Walton’s ICC day please contact Christina Cabral at cabralagain@gmail.com or (615) 232-4700.

For more information on International Coastal Cleanup Day 2023, please visit the Ocean Conservancy website: HERE