Port Charlotte volunteers clean up Peace River
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CREATED Jun. 2, 2013
ARCADIA, Fla. - The Peace River is at peace.
This weekend volunteers flocked to the river for the 18th annual Peace River Cleanup at Nav-A-Gator Grill at Old DeSoto Marina.
Alexia Kirk, who works at Nav-A-Gator, said they have been holding the cleanup since the restaurant opened.
"We like to give back to our community by keeping our river nice and clean so that way when people go camping they can go to camp sites that are well kept up," Kirk said.
Members of the Charlotte Harbor Parrot Heads Club have participated in the cleanup for years.
Kathy Peltier was one member who scoured the river for trash. She said, "There were pieces of crab float that we picked up in the river but along the river there was a camp ground that had quite a bit of trash, we had about four bags.
Punta Gorda resident Norm Gravelle took his kayak out this weekend. He found beer bottles, a piece of a PVC pipe and a Jimmy Buffet flip flop.
But despite Norm's finds, this year's dumpster was less than half full. Volunteers say they are finding less and less trash in the river each year.
Peltier said she thinks people are getting more aware of keeping the river clean.
Kirk stated, "It seems to me this year we are cleaning up after the campers."
Even though volunteers didn't find anything too crazy in the river this year, they have in the past.
Peltier said last year her group found a picnic table in the water.
Peltier went on to say boaters and campers need to make sure they are conscious of the river 24/7. She urged boaters to "make sure they bring trash bags, pick up anything you see floating in the water or anything that you brought out there, make sure you take it in with you."