The City of Boca Raton, in an abundance of caution, has suspended all group and volunteer activities in its parks, including beach cleanups, until further notice. We look forward to the future when we can safely welcome back the enthusiastic volunteers who make such a difference in our community through their hard work and dedication. We miss you!
Sponsored by the Ocean Conservancy, coordinated by Keep Palm Beach County Beautiful, Inc.
The International Coastal Cleanup is going to have a different look this year. Due to COVID-19 restrictions prohibiting large gatherings, we will not be coordinating an annual community beach cleanup this fall. Instead, we are asking that anyone who is able, to please make a trip to the beach to pick up trash and record your findings.
The Ocean Conservancy has extended the ICC dates to include all of September – December, for families and individuals to get out onto the beaches and make a difference. They have even provided a way to track the trash removed from specific beaches or communities.
In 2016, the Clean Swell App was introduced to track trash collected by their volunteers worldwide. Free and easy to use, modeled after the cardboard data sheets previously used in their events, with trash items categorized for easy tracking, keep this app on your phone and submit data anytime, anywhere, as often as you like! You can find instruction sheets and tutorials on the Ocean Conservancy website.
In Boca Raton, please use the group name BocaBeaches2020 on Clean Swell, so we can see just how much we collect between now and December 31.
For those of you who pick up trash at Spanish River Park, Red Reef Park, and South Beach Park, we have made it even easier for you! There are clean, sanitized collecting buckets at each beach, located at Lifeguard Towers 4, 9. and 16. Just bring your own gloves or trash pickers!
Please continue to support the efforts of the International Coastal Cleanup by joining with your community to keep the beaches and oceans free of marine debris.