Despite a variable deluge, Key West City staffers, elected officials, and the dedicated volunteer Ploggers gathered nearly 200 pounds of trash on Earth Day. They gathered at the Peace Covenant Church on Flagler and spread out from there. In two hours – mostly in the pouring rain -- they had collected 191 pounds of trash, another 67 pounds of recycling, and four gallons of cigarette butts.
The group of 30 included Mayor Teri Johnston, Commissioner Gregory Davila, three Key West Ambassadors, and 12 City employees.
The following day, the Key West Sea Turtle Club descended on the natural beach off Atlantic Blvd. That group collected 290 pounds of trash off beaches and out of the mangroves.
"It’s wonderful to see our community pull together to keep Key West beautiful," said City Manager Patti McLauchlin.
These efforts are part of a push to involve the community to keep Key West beautiful. In addition to the Early Bird cleanups, the City has kicked off an Adopt-A-Spot program, and Mayor Teri Johnston has reconvened the Beautification Committee.