By: Sharon Aron Baron
The Marine Industries Association of South Florida held its 37th Waterway Cleanup on Saturday, and volunteers came to help out at Riverside Park.
According to Louis Goldstein, Parks Administrator, 231 volunteers turned out for the event this year. Students who volunteered, were eligible for service hours and Boy and Girl Scouts earned patches from their troops.
Volunteers met at Riverside park and walked up and down the banks of the C-14 canal where they picked up all types of trash from the banks including bottles, plastic bags and wrappers.
City Commissioner Dan Daley said there were a few unusual items. “We found plenty of those owls that sit on houses. We also found a generator, a paddleboat, and a trampoline.”
To try to generate more volunteers, Daley held a contest between Stoneman Douglas Drama and JP Taravella Drama by offering up free pizza as the prize. He ended up buying all of the students pizza for showing up, and paying for it out of his office account.
“Next year, we want to open it up for everyone, whether it’s hotdogs or hamburgers. This way everyone can stick around until after the event,” said Daley.
Everyone went home with something, as Marine Industries gave them T-shirts, wristbands and flags.
“It’s a good event, and it gets folks out there,” said Daley. “There were a few kids that were even eight or nine years old who said, ‘I really didn’t want to come this morning but my mom made me, but I ended up having a good time.’”