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International Coastal Cleanup

September 21 @ 8:00 am - 12:00 pm

The International Coastal Cleanup began more than 30 years ago when communities rallied together with the common goal of collecting and documenting the trash littering their coastline. The Marine Resources Council in collaboration with Keep Brevard Beautiful, the Ocean Conservancy, & Old School Pizza cordially invites you to join us for this year’s cleanup.

Please Register to RSVP at http://bit.ly/2sv3Fuw or call 321-725-7775. The supplies for this event are allocated for each site based on these registrations. (Pizza from event sponsor Old School Pizza, will be available for volunteers at 11 p.m.)

MRC Cleanup Site 1: Cleanup will take place along the shores of the 192 Melbourne Causeway and Kiwanis Park at Geiger Point.

Day of Event Check-in Site Location:
Participants can check-in between 8 a.m. & 10 a.m. at Kiwanis Park, at the Geiger Point Parking Lot located at 1313 Melbourne Causeway, Melbourne, FL 32901.

MRC Cleanup Site 2: Cleanup will take place along the shores of the Pineda Causeway & POW / MIA Park (formerly Pineda Landing Park).

Day of Event Check-in Site Location:
Participants can check-in between 8 a.m. & 10 a.m. at POW / MIA Park located at 5995 N US Hwy 1. Melbourne, Florida 32940.

Please Register Below to RSVP! The supplies for this event are allocated for each site based on these registrations.

The event is free to participate. Funds for the charity are raised through event shirt sales. Event shirts are $25. All participants need to register for their shirt by September 7. Shirts are only available by preorder and are not available for sale the day of the event. (Shirts will be available for pickup on the day of the event at your designated cleanup site.) Proceeds from the event go to the Marine Resources Council’s efforts to save the Indian River Lagoon. Please visit SaveTheIRL.org for more information.

Event Sponsorship: Show your support for the lagoon by adding your company logo to the event shirt for $150.00. Specialty sponsorships are available, please contact Steve at SharkeyMRC@gmail.com.

Every year this event engages people to remove trash from shorelines, lakes, rivers, and beaches around the world, identifying the sources of debris and changing behaviors.

In 2017, nearly 800,000 volunteers collectively removed more than
20 million pieces of trash from beaches and waterways around the
world. That’s 20 million fewer potential impacts on whales, turtles
and other beloved ocean wildlife. That’s an accomplishment we
should all be proud of.

No matter where you live—whether on the coast or thousands of miles away—all waterways lead to the ocean. If we take action and work together, we can improve the ocean’s health and make trash free seas a reality.

Recommended Supplies:
• Work gloves (bring a pair of gloves with you)
• Dress appropriately (the shoreline is covered with boulders, rocks, potentially dangerous rigid & sharp objects)
• Water to keep you hydrated, it will be especially warm (bring your own cooler)
• Food (bring your own food)
• Sun Screen
• Bring reusable containers or buckets for trash
• Pens or Pencils (for data collection)
• Optional: If you have a fish or a luggage scale (a scale with a hook) at home, you can use it to weigh the trash you collect

Keep These Safety Tips in Mind:
Review what to do in case of a health emergency (heat exhaustion or heat stroke, broken bone, etc.)

When visiting the site, look for natural and man-made safety hazards, such as rocky areas, highly variable tides, poisonous plants, high-speed roads, power lines, etc. If necessary, dress accordingly, such as wearing long pants or closed-toed shoes.

Plan ahead for handling sharp items, including syringes or pieces of broken glass. We recommend disposing of these items in a container with a tight screw lid, such as an empty liquid laundry detergent bottle that you have clearly labeled.

Feeling more ambitious? Recruit friends and family to join you in this cleanup. Explain to them that no matter where you live—whether on the coast or thousands of miles away—all waterways lead to the ocean. If we take action and work together, we can improve the ocean’s health and make trash free seas a reality!

For more information please visit SaveTheIRL.org

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Details

Date:
September 21
Time:
8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Website:
https://www.facebook.com/events/586816831764360/

Venue

Kiwanis Island Park Community Center
951 Kiwanis Island Park Rd
Merritt Island, FL 32952 United States