Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Shoreline Patrol Does Its Duty; River Cleanup a Monthly Ritual for North Shore

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Shoreline Patrol Does Its Duty; River Cleanup a Monthly Ritual for North Shore

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Byline: David Bauerlein

At the water's edge of the North Shore neighborhood, residents can say they are living the latest chapter in a long history of people enjoying the Trout River.

In the 1920s, the area called North Shore Park had a public beach where people paid 10 cents to take a dip in the river.

Today, residents can stand on the shoreline and spot dolphins breaking the river's surface. They have organized Canoe to the Zoo outings up the Trout River to the nearby St. Johns River where the Jacksonville Zoo has docks.

So when the St. Johns River Celebration and Cleanup rolled around Saturday, the North Shore Neighborhood Association was ready to pitch in, just as its volunteers go out each month to pick up trash from the neighborhood's three riverfront parks.

"They're the jewels of our neighborhood," said association President Brenda Boydston.

The North Shore contingent joined hundreds of other volunteers who fanned out across the city from 8 a.m. to noon for the 21st annual cleanup, organized by the city of Jacksonville and Keep Jacksonville Beautiful in partnership with the St. Johns Riverkeeper.

Volunteers went to parks, boat ramps and neighborhoods in 30 locations along the St. Johns River and its tributaries. Even with the gray clouds shielding the sun, it was a sweaty undertaking.

North Shore resident Janice Green went so deep into a thick stand of plants bordering the Trout River that she was almost invisible to others passing by.

She and her husband, Jim, have lived for 46 years in North Shore, a neighborhood tucked away off Tallulah Avenue in northwest Jacksonville. The 300-home neighborhood association's motto, "Neighbors Helping Neighbors," is written on an entry sign to North Shore, and Green said that's the motivation behind the monthly cleanups.

'SUCH A PRETTY AREA'

The association regularly picks up trash at three city parks on the riverfront - North Shore, Rolliston and Signet. …

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