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Volunteers spend July 4th keeping Indian Rocks Beach litter free

Posted at 5:53 PM, Jul 04, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-05 05:58:29-04

More than 100 volunteers spent the Fourth of July holiday handing out trash bags and cleaning litter off the shore. 

Volunteer Shaun Griffith is only 10 years old. He has already learned you are never too young to make a difference. 

“I don’t want to see that much trash on the beach. It makes me sad,” Griffith exclaimed while handing out trash bags to beach visitors. 

Two years ago, people left Indian Rocks Beach trashed after 4th of July festivities. They dumped broken glass, dirty diapers, broken beach chairs and one year someone even dumped a full-size fridge!

Cookie Kennedy knew she had to do more.

“I said this has to stop,” Kennedy explained.

The Indian Rocks Beach resident has organized beach cleanups ever since. On the 4th of July, the volunteers hand out garbage bags. The day after the holiday they go back to pick up any trash.  

Volunteers plan to gather at 8:30 a.m. Thursday to walk several miles along Indian Rocks Beach and pick up garbage.