Volunteers invited to sign up for International Coastal Cleanup on Sept. 18

Registration required, online or by telephone, for North or South county locations

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Keep Sarasota County Beautiful is encouraging members of the public to register to participate in the International Coastal Cleanup, which is set for Sept. 18 at various county locations.

The Ocean Conservancy initiative, which began in 1986, saw more than 18 million pounds of trash collected by nearly 500,000 volunteers during the 2016 International Coastal Cleanup, Keep Sarasota County Beautiful reports as an example of what can be accomplished.

This year’s event will feature a variety of opportunities,” the county organization says, “from removing invasive plants, to cleaning litter from creeks via kayak or canoe and water goats. We are excited to partner with [the county’s] Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources [Department and the] Stormwater [Division], Oscar Scherer State Park and our amazing volunteers to beautify our community,” Keep Sarasota County Beautiful adds in a news release.

“This is a popular event, so be sure to register early as locations tend to fill up quickly. The first 700 volunteers to register will qualify for FIRST OPTION ACCESS to this year’s annual commemorative T-shirt, the release notes.

Persons may register for North County venues (Sarasota) or South County locations (Venice, Osprey, Englewood, Nokomis and North Port) online or by calling 941-861-5000, the release adds.

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Event registration closes at noon on Wednesday, Sept. 15.

Pre-registration is required, the release points out.

Keep Sarasota County Beautiful (KSCB) is a countywide beautification program that initiates community cleanup projects to help keep the community free of litter, its webpages explain. Established in 1987, it is an affiliate of Keep America Beautiful Inc., “a national, non-profit organization that inspires and educates people to take action every day to improve and beautify their community environment,” the webpages add.