Okaloosa Island cleanup planned for Sunday at Beasley Park

Northwest Florida Daily News

Erase the Trace Okaloosa will be hosting a cleanup event at John Beasley Park on Okaloosa Island on Sunday.

Jason Harwell, the group's founder, began organizing cleanup events in March. With help from dozens of community volunteers, Harwell has helped pick up truckloads of trash from locations such as Okaloosa Island, the Yellow River in Crestview and the Shalimar Bridge.

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In a Facebook post announcing the new cleanup, Erase the Trace Okaloosa wrote, "Trash along our roadways is not the image we want to reflect not only as a society but as a tourist destination. We don't want vacationers coming to our beautiful area and leaving with a not so beautiful memory. Not to mention if we don't take care of where we live, what are we truly leaving behind to our children when we're gone?"  

Sunday's event, the "island takeover" community cleanup, will begin with a check-in 7:30 a.m. at Beasley Park, 1550 Miracle Strip Parkway SE.

At 8 a.m., volunteers will spread out between the park and Marler Bridge to begin picking up trash. The intent is for everyone to park at Beasley Park and then move into three sections of the island.

Erase the Trace Okaloosa is looking for people to help transport volunteers between cleanup zones and Beasley Park. The group also is seeking individuals with trucks to collect bags of litter staged along the roadside.

Volunteers who would like to help with the cleanup can learn more at the Erase the Trace Facebook page or at https://fb.me/e/1tGMfXKJa.