Volunteers help keep St. George Island beach clean

Volunteers help keep St. George Island beach clean
Volunteers help keep St. George Island beach clean
Posted at 6:30 PM, May 06, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-06 15:17:48-04

FRANKLIN COUNTY, Fla. (WTXL) - A group of people decided to do a little spring cleaning at a local beach Sunday.

The Tally Beach Clean Up event helps keep the St. George Island beach looking pristine.

Normally when people come to St. George Island it's all about having fun in the sun, but a group of people came together Sunday to clear debris and to help make a cleaner and safer environment at the Tally Beach Clean Up.

"I don't think people realize how much plastic we use ends up in our oceans," said Eryn Russell, Tally Clean Up Participant.

Bottle caps, straws, even shoes, Tallahassee Residents found just about everything around St. George Island's shoreline.

This is nothing new for event creator Nikki Mendez. A couple years ago, while Mendez was at St. George Island, she was overwhelmed with the amount of trash. That's why she pulled friends together to clean the area.

Now in it's second year, The Tally Clean Up has pulled local organizations, families and others to help keep our Earth clean.

"I think people like to be apart of something bigger, you say hey we're gonna be saving the planet we're gonna go out and pick up some trash make sure that none of this gets in the beach and then we're going to have a great time and they really get motivated to come," said Mendez.

Event organizers say they were able to provide food and other items to participants Sunday thanks to local sponsors and they hope for more participation at next year's event.