"We are teaming up with Panama City Dive Club again to clean up above and below the water at the jetties at St. Andrews State Park. Last year, 315.5 pounds of trash was cleaned up by 63 divers and 30 walkers."
PANAMA CITY BEACH — The third annual "End of Summer Jetties Cleanup" will be Saturday, Sept. 14. The volunteer organization Keep PCB Beautiful will "Team Up to Clean Up" with Panama City Dive Club and local volunteers from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at St. Andrews State Park, 4607 State Park Lane.
"Keep PCB Beautiful is continuing to join with local groups and businesses to clean up our community and carry on our vision of keeping it beautiful," said Kim Christian, spokeswoman for Keep PCB Beautiful. "We are teaming up with Panama City Dive Club again to clean up above and below the water at the jetties at St. Andrews State Park. Last year, 315.5 pounds of trash was cleaned up by 63 divers and 30 walkers."
Anyone who wants to help in St. Andrews State Park on Saturday will receive complimentary admission to the park by emailing email@example.com and requesting a letter to be printed, according to a news release. Individuals can either walk the beaches and the park to pick up trash or dive with Panama City Dive Club to collect debris from the Gulf covering five sections of the jetties.
"It's to clean up the trash and the debris that gets left at the beach from the summer crowds," Steven Breazeale, who serves as the Panama City Dive Club's secretary and event coordinator, told The News Herald in 2018. "It gets hung up on the jetty rocks out at the state park and it’s just harmful and dangerous to the environment."
The idea to host a beach cleanup annually, Breazeale said, was formed during a cleanup dive the club attended together in 2016 when Breazeale encountered a sea urchin with multiple strands of Mardi Gras beads wrapped around its spines.
"That's kind of what sparked us to say, 'Hey, we need to do underwater cleanup,' just because there was so much trash out there," he said. "So we kind of took that idea and ran with it."
Divers can pick up one free tank (while supplies last, first come/first served) at Panama City Diving, 106 Thomas Drive, before the event; provide the park admission letter to receive the tank. Registration for the event will be 8:30-9 a.m. at the park, with a briefing around 9:30-9:45 a.m. Breakfast will be provided by Tudors Biscuit World in Panama City, with beverages by Langers Juices. Mesh bags and snips for cutting fishing line will be provided while supplies last.
Any local groups or businesses interested in "Team Up to Clean Up" can contact Keep PCB Beautiful directly by calling 636-734-1178 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Keep PCB Beautiful is a local affiliate of Keep America Beautiful. The group’s vision is to make Panama City Beach a clean and beautiful place in which to live, work and visit while supporting environmental and conservation initiatives.
"Keep PCB Beautiful is working to clean up and green up from the streets to the beach, hoping to inspire individuals and businesses to improve the community and natural environment," Christian said.