Between 5,000 and 6,000 football fans gather on St. Simons Island’s East Beach the Friday before the annual Georgia-Florida football game in Jacksonville, Fla. (Credit: Lea King-Badyna/UGA).
BRUNSWICK, Ga. -- The Keep Brunswick-Golden Isles Beautiful organization is looking for volunteers to do just that during Georgia-Florida weekend.
Each year on the Friday before the game, 5,000 to 6,000 fans gather on St. Simons Island beaches on the way to Jacksonville for the game, according to a release from the University of Georgia. The next day, there are usually large amounts of waste on the beach.
Fans and students are encouraged to throw trash and recyclables away in their respective containers on the beach.
"This year we are concentrating volunteer efforts on Saturday morning of the Georgia-Florida football weekend," said Lea King-Badyna, a Glynn 4-H Advisory Council member. "On this high-volume weekend, fans, civic clubs, church groups, youth groups and individuals are all invited and encouraged to come out and help keep our Georgia beaches litter-free. This is an opportunity for community members to make a big difference in preserving a healthy coast."
Cleanup volunteers are asked to meet Oct. 27 at the beach entrance boardwalk at the old Coast Guard station. The cleanup should last about two hours and trash bags and gloves will be provided.
For more information, or to volunteer to help with the cleanup, call (912) 279-1490.
First Coast News