The 29th Annual Coastal Cleanup Day, by the California Coastal Commission, Cleanup is from 8am till noon. There are 4 different beach cleaup areas 1) Doheny State Park 2) Aliso Creek Beach 3) Ocean Institute and 4) in the water (you can find out about all the little details on their website)
We were doing our cleanup with the St. Regis Monarch Beach, a group of employees getting together at the Doheny State Park Beach, a place near and dear to my heart since childhood. Breakfast at 8:00a and 9:00 hit the designated beach area given to us. We got there late 9:15 to be exact, *free ENTRY into the State Park if you show them your cleanup goods (non-disposable gloves are suggested) . Being on crutches with a foot full of stitches made it a bit difficult, I had to stay near the sidewalk areas and grass areas. The area given to the St. Regis was the Marsh area and beach to shore next to the gift shop/ lifeguard tower. I made an effort to hobble over, but with the sand I kept sinking in with my crutches and getting a leg and hip cramps, so I just stuck with the easier areas, non designated to us.
There were a few sponsor tables set up along the walkway and sand edge, 1 for signing-up, 1 for the water district, they were giving out little freebies and educating on water conservation, calendars, rulers, timers for 5 minute showers, tap diffusers, appliance rebates and such. One of the tables gave out packets of vegetable seeds ! We also each got a certificate showing that we did the beach cleanup : ) that was cool.
They said that this was the best turn out they have ever had... there were lots of people and groups filling bags of trash ! I wish I could have done more, I would have spent the entire day there. At the end you fill out a form with questions about the trash you collected. They do not want you picking up glass, dead sea life or anything that could harm you and cause a liability.
The St. Regis had a table with lots of food, water bottles, fresh fruit, bagels, chips, granola bars and such. All in all it was a great community gathering and a statewide event that is truly a gift ! 1 of the park rangers was so proud of me being there, even on my crutches, she wanted to get a snap with me. We will definitely be participating in this again next year ! See you there I hope !