Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Beach Shorts

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Beach Shorts

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The Guana Reserve will participate in the International Coastal Cleanup from 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday.

The cleanup is one of the world's oldest and largest volunteer efforts to clean up the marine environment. Each year, volunteers remove and record data on the debris collected from local beaches, rivers, lakes and streams as well as along shorelines and under water.

For those interested in helping clean up local beaches and contributing data to an international effort, check-in is from 8 to 9 a.m. at the Research Reserve's Environmental Education Center at 505 Guana River Road, off Florida A1A south of Ponte Vedra Beach or at the Marineland office at 9741 Ocean Shore Blvd.

Call 823-4500 or visit for more information.


Oceanside Rotary wants to create a community of red, white and blue year-round at the Beaches.

For those interested, members of the Rotary, assisted by youth groups, will place 3-by-5-foot flags in front yards five holiday weekends a year and pick them up after the holidays.

A plastic pipe will be buried in each front yard permanently, flush with the ground, to hold the flagstaff. A plastic cap will cover the pipe while not in use. The flag and staff will remain the property of Oceanside Rotary. For $25 per calendar year, Oceanside Rotary will provide and install the pipe and cap, provide the flag and store it properly when not in use.

Rotarians will deliver and pick up the flag for the following weekends: Veterans Day, Memorial Day, Flag Day, Fourth of July and Labor Day. All profits will support community, national and international Rotary projects and the local youth groups will receive $5 of each $25.

Teams will begin installing pipes Sunday to have the Beaches ready for Veteran's Day on Wednesday, Nov. 11.

For more information or to sign up, contact Oceanside Rotary President-Elect Robert Devers at 707-9028.


Parents struggling with teens involved in running away, sexual promiscuity or drug and alcohol abuse are invited to participated in an eight-week workshop hosted by the Beaches Resource Center. …

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