26th Annual Coastal Cleanup Held Saturday

The Gulf’s coastline is one of Mississippi’s greatest treasures and sometimes it requires a little extra help to keep it clean. The 26th Annual Mississippi Coastal Cleanup is taking place from 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday all across the Gulf Coast.

Nearly 2,000 volunteers have registered, almost doubling last year’s total when workers collected almost 1,000 bags of trash, totaling 15,000 lbs. Volunteers will be divided between 47 different cleanup sites and will be treated to a free lunch. Congressman Steven Palazzo will be making an appearance at the Washington Street Pavilion. This cleanup was organized by the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources (M.D.M.R.), which hopes that one day, the cleanups will no longer be needed.

Melissa Scallan, M.D.M.R. spokeswoman, says, "I think everybody does their best to keep everything clean. We have the Sand and Beach Department in Harrison County. I know other counties have departments that help clean up, but it’s really a yearlong effort. This is just one day."

The M.D.M.R. would like to encourage people to participate, even if you didn’t pre-register. Just head to your favorite beach spot, find the other volunteers, and join in the cleanup.

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