On September 9, the Fort Lauderdale Beach Sweep will celebrate its second anniversary, including participation in the Ocean Conservancy’s 32nd Annual International Coastal Cleanup. Special guests include the Fort Lauderdale Mounted Police along with the NHL Florida Panthers’ mascot, Stanley C. Panther and Bubba Gump Shrimp Company’s mascot, Shrimp Louie.
With more than 2,000 pounds of garbage, plastics and recyclables and more than 200,000 cigarette butts collected from Fort Lauderdale Beach over the past two years, Beach Sweep is making a difference.
The all-volunteer organization is partnered with the City of Fort Lauderdale’s Neighbor Volunteer Office and the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce as well as Kids Ecology Corps. (KEC) which provides educational sessions for volunteers during monthly cleanups. Local publisher and artist SusieQ Wood as an Eco Litter Artist often participates by combing through collected trash to make amazing art with the public.
The celebration continues from 5 to 7:30pm Tuesday, September 12, with a networking and fundraising event at MOD Wine Lounge, 1826 East Sunrise Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale.
Beach Sweep takes place 7 to 11am, the second Saturday of every month. Register at The Hub, where Las Olas meets the beach. For more information, visit Facebook.com/flbeachsweep.