Indian Rocks Beach resident Cookie Kennedy loves the beach.
"It's so calm and relaxing here," said Kennedy.
Kennedy said she wanted to protect the beach from trash. Residents reported piles of trash left on the beach last fourth of July.
"It was just awful and it's just not who we are in this community," said Kennedy.
This year she organized a proactive plan to protect the beach from garbage. Kennedy organized about fifty people to walk the beach and hand out trash bags.
"We say don't be trashy leave only your footprints in the sand in the kindest and most loving manner," said Kennedy.
Danielle Leaming brought her little boys to the beach to help with the trash project. She said the beach is important to her, especially now.
"I have stage four cancer, it's a place where I can come relax and get my thoughts together," said Leaming.
Organizers said they plan to make this cleanup project a yearly tradition.