Bay County Takes Part in International Coastal Clean-up

Across the globe, people are strapping on their gloves and picking up trash in an effort to keep beaches and other coast areas clean.
Saturday is the 28th annual International Coastal Clean-up.
Last year 10 million pounds of trash was picked up in almost 100 countries, and in Florida alone, more than 452,000 pounds were found on the shoreline.
However, Saturday the threat of bad weather couldn't stop those dedicated to keeping our area clean away.
Throughout Bay County and all of the world, residents and groups are banding together to keep their coastal areas pristine by participating in the biggest ocean clean up of the year.
Parks Resource Officer, Dale Colby, said, "We'll be cleaning up the oceans all around the world. 97 different countries will be participating, over half a million people are doing it today."
Volunteer, Sara Totten, said, "We're finding a lot of cigarette butts, a lot of cigarette butts, and straws, so lots of little stuff, but the little stuff adds up."
Other volunteers found everything from beer bottles to items of clothing.
Last year the clean up effort cleaned up more than 350 pounds of trash.
This year they expect close to the same.
The job can get messy but that didn't stop volunteers of all ages from doing their part
Volunteer, Liz Newman, said, "I wanna keep the beaches clean to protect the marine life because we really need the marine life and also we can come out here to have fund and we won't have to like step on stuff."
"It's not trash on the ground, it's effecting the animals and all the fish out in the gulf and out in the sea. It's a big circle of life pretty much," Newman said.
Locally, this clean up through parks and recreation is in it's 4th year, but it's not the only one that took place.
Another clean up happened at Lake Powell as well as a couple in Panama City at the St. Andrews Marina and Watson Bayou.