“I’m anxious to get the cleanup season started with the 2nd annual Shoreline Sweep,” expressed Founder Dell R. Cullum of ImaginationNature.com. “That doesn’t mean that other groups and volunteers have to stop there. I hope that one day we can do this along the entire southern shoreline of Long Island.”
Following a successful inaugural beach cleanup last year, Cullum is holding the 2nd annual Shoreline Sweep with a little bit of local help on Saturday, April 11th. Starting at 9 a.m., join East Hampton Town Trustees, Amagansett Chamber of Commerce, East End Surfer Girls, East Hampton Ocean Rescue, East Hampton Lifeguards, East Hampton M.S. Junior Surfrider Club, Surfrider Foundation, East Hampton High School Interact Club, East Hampton Students and Jack’s Stir Brew Coffee as volunteers head to a beach located from Montauk Point to Wainscott Beach, stick their toes in the sand, walk along the shoreline, and enjoy the salty sea air while helping clean East End beaches by picking up trash along the scenic route.
“Last year, we did Montauk Point to Georgica Beach with 89 volunteers in 4.5 hours,” noted Cullum. “We collected over 3500 lbs. of trash and debris, firewood and moved vehicle hazards.”
Beach cleaners can choose from 16 East End spots including Wainscott Beach (Beach Lane), Georgica Beach, Main Beach (east or west) Wiborg Beach (Highway behind Pond Road), Egypt Beach (Old Beach Road – Maidstone Club), Two Mile Hollow Beach, Indian Wells Beach, Napeague Beach (Napeague Lane), White Sands Beach, Hither Hills State Park Beach, Gurney’s Inn Beach, Montauk Beach (Kirk Park/Umbrella Beach), Ditch Plains Beach and Camp Hero/Montauk Point (Cliff Crew).
Last year, volunteers collected data on the debris and plastic topped the list as the most collected item. Attendees also picked up almost 100 piles of dog poop from East End beaches. Shoreline Sweep is taking a different approach this year by not collecting data on the debris. “We’re just going out there and sweeping the beach like we know we can,” said Cullum.
Attendees are asked to bring their own gloves and two garbage bags. Once the bag is filled, it should be tied and left on beach for pick up at the end of the sweep. Following the Shoreline Sweep, volunteers are invited to Hoie Hall at St Luke Episcopal Church (18 James Lane, East Hampton) from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. for refreshments, entertainment and a commemoration of the community event.
To reserve a spot, email Dell R. Cullum at [email protected] or call 631-377-6555. For more information, visit imaginationnature.com.