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Coast Guard Auxiliary help with cleanup
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From left are Deb Mallory, Kristi Mackey, Peter Palmieri, SiSi Little, Kathy Lloyd, Karen Miller, Manny Sosa and Rene DeMiranda among the Coast Guard Auxiliary participants in the Spring Coastal Cleanup on April 6.
CLEARWATER – While boaters and beachgoers were enjoying a gorgeous Sunday afternoon April 6, members of the Clearwater and Dunedin Flotillas of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary were out on the spoil islands, cleaning up trash as part of the Spring Coastal Cleanup.

The two flotillas recently co-adopted an island to clean up, coordinated by the organization Keep Pinellas Beautiful. The island is located in the Intracoastal Waterway, south of the Dunedin Causeway.

Motivated by the success of that cleanup, the auxiliarists made a spur-of-the-moment decision to clean up another island, located north of the private channel for Home Port Marina and Island Harbor Marina.

In addition to the usual assortment of beer bottles, cans, cigarette butts, and food packages, the trash included flip flops, men’s underwear, a toilet lid, an old chair frame, a speaker from a stereo system, a propane tank, PVC pipe, rebar and an Eagle Knife machete. Flotilla members also extinguished a small fire that was left smoldering in a campfire ring.

Pinellas County residents who are aware of an island or section of shoreline that needs to be cleaned up are encouraged to report it to Keep Pinellas Beautiful. Many times once an area is cleaned up, people are less likely to leave their trash behind.

The Clearwater and Dunedin Flotillas of the Coast Guard Auxiliary are members of Division 11, which extends from Madeira Beach to Hudson. Their missions mirror those of the Active Duty Coast Guard with the exception of law enforcement and related activities.

This year is the Coast Guard Auxiliary’s 75th anniversary.
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