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Source: Huntington Patch

Huntington Beach-Cleaning Event Draws 120

Annual event helps raise awareness and promote beach cleanliness.


Posted: June 20, 2011
Originally Published: June 18, 2011

Continuing to help keep area beaches clean, more than 100 people turned out for the sixth annual Clean Beaches Day in Huntington Saturday.

According to organizers, the event helps emphasize beach cleanliness and awareness.

Simultaneous cleanings began at Gold Star Battalion Beach, Centerport Beach and Crab Meadow Beach at 9 a.m. — and for the first time this year, 30 volunteers were bused to help clean Hobart Beach on Eaton's Neck, and Asharoken Beach and Scudder Park Beach in Northport

"We're very fortunate that we have over 40 miles of coast line within our borders. I can say that we cleaned up a significant amount of that today," said Huntington Town Board member Susan Berland, who helped with the cleanup.

It was Berland's second year co-hosting the event with Northport village trustee Tom Kehoe, a founder of the event six years ago.

At a press conference on the closed beach in Centerport, Kehoe said he thinks kids now realize beaches are a precious resource that they will have to take care of in the future. "More and more of the young folks are coming out and I think that this has become a real learning thing for them."

A luncheon and press conference was set up at the Senior Beach House in Centerport just after noon. On hand were representatives from the Huntington Lighthouse Preservation Society, the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Unit and the Citizens Campaign For the Environment.

"I think that there was over 120 folks that showed up and it really just raises awareness and people find out what goes on the street winds up on the beach," said Tara Bono, a program coordinator with the non-profit environmental advocacy group.

Cigarette butts and plastic bags are the most common trash items found on beaches, according to Bono.

"We are out here to make sure people conserve and don't litter," said Bono, who also helped in the cleaning effort.

Centerport Beach was closed for swimming Saturday due to high bacteria levels following heavy rains Friday.