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Bottles, cans and helping hands

Hundreds help clean up Fort Myers Beach for international Coastal Cleanup.

September 17, 2016
Jessica Salmond - News Editor ( , Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer

People combed the beach for straws and strings instead of shells this weekend.

More than 250 people came to Fort Myers Beach to volunteer for the annual international Coastal Cleanup Day, held Saturday, Sept. 17. The day was organized by Keep Lee County Beautiful.

The Fort Myers Beach Community Foundation distributed snacks and supplies to dozens of organizations and individuals Saturday morning at the Beach School.

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Corri Francisco, Jan Falkum and Sheryl Bowman of the Fort Myers Beach Community Foundation help weigh in trash and tally numbers. The Foundation helped to organize the cleanup for the beach.

Foundation member Corri Francisco said the turnout was "awesome" this year. She kept a record of some of the more unusual finds throughout the morning: boxers, a fishing net, a Lego figure and a concrete post weighing 63 pounds.

"It's a community effort," she said. "It's so cool to have that effort."

Within a few minutes of hitting the beach, Cub Scouts Pack 35 members Sergio Declet and Kyle Kerver had already found a lot of trash, including a large metal rod and a decrepit ball cap.

"I just care about helping the animals," Sergio Declet said.

Check the Wednesday, Sept. 20, edition of the Fort Myers Beach Observer for more photos!



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