Shell Key Cleanup

This was one of our biggest turnouts at a beach cleanup, with over 40 volunteers showing up to lend a hand in keeping Shell Key beautiful. This event was coordinated with Ms. Pam Brown, of Pinellas County Environmental Management (PCEM) who are the fine folks who take care of this natural barrier island- Shell Key. The day began at the Ft. Desoto Park boat ramp to finish up our coffee and get to know everyone before heading across Bunce's Pass to the island. With so many volunteers, we had to make several trips to get everyone across, but teamwork made short work of the cleanup. With several boats and a Sea Doo, we were able to deploy workers throughout the island, and within an hour, we began retrieving the mounds of trash that was place at the water's edge. The boats hauled it back to the boat ramp, where a waiting garbage truck hauled it away.

 

We ended up with a great day of wakeboarding out in the channel until almost dark, and was a perfect end to a very productive day! Thanks Adam Delveccio, Gary "Big G" Henderson, Matt Sexton, Sammy W., Eckerd College Crew, and all other volunteers who showed up!

Big thanks to Pam Brown, PCEM, and Ft. Desoto Park for this great opportunity to lend a helping hand in our community! TBKA and its team of volunteers are here to help whenever you need us! This is one group who really appreciates your efforts to preserve Shell Key and Pinellas County parks. Shell Key is a beautiful place to camp, kite, or just hang out. Many local kiters and their families visit there often for camping, shelling, and kiting.

If you are planning on a visit to Shell Key in the future, please visit their website at www.shellkey.org for current restrictions and camping information.

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