Walton County, International Coastal Cleanup was a success and the numbers prove it. We had 163 adults and 219 students participate at 5 different locations across our beaches. The trash collected was amazing. The International Coastal Cleanup provided forms for us that accounted for 38 categories of debris. The following are the top 5 items found in Walton County and the total collected for each: Cigarette Butts 5,207 Micro Plastics 3,459 Plastic Bottle Caps 2,062 Straws/Stirrers 924 Food Wrappers 908 GREAT job Volunteers!
I would like to take this opportunity to thank TDC Director, Jay Tusa and the Director of Beach Operations, Brian Kellenberger for sponsoring this event by providing Puffer T-shirts for all of the volunteers and staff support to manage the trash collected. In addition, I want to thank all of our volunteers and students who came out and gave time on a busy Saturday to serve their county. It was a positive and productive event and your time was greatly appreciated.
Mark your calendars now for Saturday, September 21st, 2019 and we’ll do it all over again. In the meantime, let’s all practice #cleandarkflat. You can do your part to preserve our beaches by picking up and carrying trash to beach side receptacles for disposal, turning off lights not needed and closing window shades in your condo/home if it can be seen from the beach, and filling in your holes and flattening your sand art before leaving the beach for the day. This helps preserve and care for our Sea Turtles, Marine Life, and Shore Birds who call this environment their home.
Because EVERYONE counts and FB did not allow anymore additional photos added to our International Coastal Cleanup, I’m adding to our story... Thank You to all who participated Saturday. We wouldn’t have been successful without your help. ... See MoreSee Less
International Coastal Cleanup was a huge success in Walton County because of the citizens and visitors of all ages who came out to work our beaches, removing debris that is harmful to our waters and the creatures who call this environment their home. THANK YOU ONE AND ALL... ... See MoreSee Less
Here is a turtle update for those following Hurricane Florence as she heads toward the Carolina’s. The tracker site will let you keep up with how the Atlantic Sea Turtles will weather this massive storm. ... See MoreSee Less
Several of our satellite tagged turtles (Lucaya, Stella, Turtlette) are in the path of Hurricane Florence right now. While hurricanes do not typically affect adult sea turtles, it will be interesting to see if they leave the area due to the storm. Track all of our turtles here: tourdeturtles.org/turtles.php