Beach and park cleanups in Tampa Bay following Fourth of July festivities

Some beach somewhere needs your help.

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click to enlarge If this doesn't drive it home, we don't know what will. - Stefan Leijon via Flickr CC 2.0
Stefan Leijon via Flickr CC 2.0
If this doesn't drive it home, we don't know what will.

If the entire world would to look at America — um, please don't, right now, k? — on July 5, the world would think we're a bunch of wasteful, disrespectful pigs. No, sunshine, we don't mean you — you're amazing and you always clean up your fireworks detritus and cookout wrappings. But not every American cares as much about keeping our parks, beaches and waterways clean as you do. And, sad story: it's unlikely we're gonna make those people give a fuck about picking up after themselves. But — this is the good news — we'd like to think there's more of us than there are of them, so all we have to do is stick together and get it done. Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful — part of the Keep America Beautiful effort that dates back to Iron Eyes Cody — is rounding up all us good folks and organizing a three-pronged cleanup tomorrow. It starts at 8:30 a.m. and lasts three hours, but come when you can for as long as you can (trust me, it's not like we're gonna run out of plastic straws, old hot dog wrappers and spent M-80s). 

Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful will have gloves, water (bring your own reusable water bottle) and garbage bags — but you might want to wear sunscreen and close-toed shoes, and a hat and sunglasses are also probs a good idea. They'll have giveaways while supplies last. 

Sign up here to help at the Courtney Campbell Causeway  (meet at 7616 W. Courtney Campbell Causeway, Tampa), Cypress Point Park (5620 W. Cypress St, Tampa) or Picnic Island Park (7409 Picnic Island Blvd., Tampa). On-site registration and check-in begins at 8:30 and the cleanup officially starts at 9 a.m.

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Cathy Salustri

Cathy's portfolio includes pieces for Visit Florida, USA Today and regional and local press. In 2016, UPF published Backroads of Paradise, her travel narrative about retracing the WPA-era Florida driving tours that was featured in The New York Times. Cathy speaks about Florida history for the Osher Lifelong Learning...
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