International Coastal Cleanup


Each year several organized beach cleanup efforts are held on Fort Myers Beach. Only one of them, the International Coastal Cleanup, documents how much is picked up. That data is used to monitor beach litter and plan future litter reduction efforts. Coastal Cleanup efforts for Fort Myers Beach are organized by the Fort Myers Beach Community Foundation and Keep Lee County Beautiful. This year over 425 pounds of trash was collected by more than 400 volunteers based at the Fort Myers Beach School site. Lee County had over a dozen Coastal Cleanup sites this year.

Up next, Monofilament Madness on Saturday, November 2 at the Mound House. This marine cleanup has volunteers removing fishing line and other debris from the mangrove areas in the bay. Learn more at

The Green Thumb Ranchers 4-H Club from South Fort Myers volunteered to clean up the beach with their own challenge, “Who can pick up the grossest, nastiest thing on the beach?” (Safety first, of course.) Photo by B. Layfield.


The Save What’s Left recycling club from Fort Myers High School was headed out to the beach near Outrigger Beach Resort on Saturday. Photo by B. Layfield.
Once at the beach, volunteers spread out to cover as much ground as possible. Photo by B. Layfield.