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Date of Issue: May 03, 2007

Cleanup clears waste from Island

Dozens of volunteers helped haul garbage from Anna Maria Island’s beaches, woods and road sides during the Great American Cleanup on April 21.

The cleanup was organized nationally by Keep America Beautiful and locally by Keep Manatee Beautiful.

Organizers are continuing to collect data for a national and county tally, but KMB executive director Ingrid McClellan reported that 276 volunteers cleaned 23 miles on the Island and the Palma Sola Causeway.

In Anna Maria, 28 volunteers cleaned 5 miles, removing 280 pounds of trash and 80 pounds of recyclables.

In Holmes Beach and the Kingfish Boat Ramp area along Manatee Avenue, 24 volunteers cleaned 2 miles, removing 800 pounds of trash.

In Bradenton Beach, 199 volunteers cleaned 11 miles, removing 928 pounds of trash and 103 pounds of recyclables.

In the cleanup at the Palma Sola Causeway, 25 volunteers cleaned 5 miles, removing 115 pounds of trash and 105 pounds of recyclables, such as clean glass, aluminum and plastics.