Groups are being organized to help clean up the beach tomorrow, May 2, at both Santa Rosa and Ft. Pickens areas of Gulf Islands National Seashore. This is something that you can do to help.
Starting at 11:00 a.m., you can meet at either the Opal Beach gulfside pavilion to help clean the beaches at Santa Rosa, or at Battery Worth to help out at Ft. Pickens. Volunteers plan to work until 3:00 or 4:00 p.m.
Please be prepared by bringing gloves, trash bags, drinking water, and sunscreen. We will be picking up wood, plastic, or any debris which might get mixed up with oil and make clean-up efforts more difficult.
Also, it is very important that you only walk to the beach in designated areas. Nesting season is already underway within the park and tiny piping plover eggs/chicks -- an endangered species --are everywhere. You will notice the speed limit within Ft. Pickens has been reduced to 20 mph due to the nesting birds.
If you plan to go to Ft. Pickens, please identify yourself at the entrance as being there to volunteer for the beach clean-up and you will be allowed in if you do not have a pass.