Three Cheers for a Clean Beach!
Friends of Jupiter Beach has been organizing beach cleanups on the FIRST Saturday of most* months since 1994. Volunteers, ages 4 to 84 and multiple generations, arrive from 15 area zip codes to help remove trash & recyclables, then gather for a delightful continental breakfast & “thanks for coming” door prizes. A project that began with a handful of volunteers has evolved into a significant force for environmental care for our marine environment. Today, on average, 210 volunteers help remove an estimated 490 pounds of garbage on this 2 1/2 mile stretch of beach plus the Jupiter Inlet every single month! Our good friends at Rapid Removal donate their time and truck to haul away recyclables, another benefit for our environment. Our efforts to educate the public to “remove trash”, “take it home with you” and “keep the beach clean & dog-friendly” are ongoing. Home page photo by Tom Brodigan, Dogslife Photography
* There are two cleanups in April, the first Saturday of the month and April 27th for the FJB Great American Cleanup. No cleanup in May due to a Triathlon. August cleanup is held on the 2nd Saturday of the month due to a Triathlon on the first Saturday.
HERE’S THE SCOOP ON FRIENDS OF JUPITER BEACH CLEANUPS:
MEET: 8:00am SHARP every First Saturday of the Month! Ocean Cay Park, southeast corner of US Hwy. 1 at 2188 Marcinski Road. (North of Donald Ross Rd., South of Indiantown Rd.) Anita Lankler Pavilion (which faces the beach road.) We clean a 2 ½ mile stretch from the Juno Beach Pier to the southern edge of Carlin Park (crossovers 22-59). Some sections require driving; some sections require walking. We are finished by 10am sharp. Dogs stay home today!
ARRIVE WEARING: Closed-toe shoes, hats, sunscreen, bug spray. NO FLIP FLOPS. Protect arms and legs.
WHAT HAPPENS: Sign in & get your free prize ticket . Grab your gloves, grabbers & small bags, provided by us. Join a team. Follow Team Captain (orange shirts) instructions for cleanup areas. Some sections require driving, some sections require walking. Clean on the beach, along walkways, under crossovers, in parking areas, in the park, etc. (Never in sand dunes or sea grasses) We separate recyclables. Please follow the Friends of Jupiter Beach Volunteer Code of Safety, attached. Dogs stay home today!
LEAVE BAGS BY THE TRASHCANS ON THE SIDEWALK; not on the beach, not on the road. Help Team Captains dump into large black bags or blue recyclables bags.
FREE BREAKFAST: Return before 9:30am, enjoy a variety of breakfast foods, home-baked goods, drinks, old & new friends and FREE PRIZES! By 10:00 am, you’re out of there!
SHINE ONLY: Beach cleanups are cancelled in rain or dangerous weather.
If in doubt call by 7:00am 561 – 748 – 8140. If there is no cancel message, the cleanup is a GO. If cancelled, no rescheduling, see you next month!
REGISTRATION: We ask everyone to sign in at the Anita Lankler Pavilion! There is no need for individuals to register in advance. STUDENTS desiring school community service credit MUST check in by 8am sharp to receive 1.5 hours CS credit. ORGANIZED GROUPS should call at least two weeks ahead of time and we will return the call to confirm cleanup date. To ensure great volunteer experiences for every individual, we must limit group size to 25. Our group coordinator will be happy to provide additional information. Thank you for your understanding. Dogs stay home today!
Make the “First Saturday of the Month” Beach Cleanup a part of your family tradition and commitment to your environment!