More Than 2,000 Pounds of Marine and Land Debris Removed from St. John During Coastweeks 2010

Guy Benjamin School students, above, cleaned up Friis Bay during Coastweeks 2010.

Coastweeks 2010 wrapped up October 31, leaving St. John coastal shores and trails cleaner, and the participants with a greater respect for the island.

As always, Friends of V.I. National Park were proud to support V.I. Coastweeks on St. John; but the group was even prouder of everyone who participated in this year’s cleanup.

More than 150 volunteers pitched in and removed well over 2,000 pounds of debris from almost every single one of the island’s beaches and also some trails.

Friends would like to thank all of those who participated in cleaning the coastal shores and trails, especially those who adopted beaches/trails and helped organize the cleanups: Cid Hamling; Coral Bay Yacht Club; Elaine Estern; Estate Concordia Preserve; Fraser Drummond; Friends of VINP volunteers; Gifft Hill School; Guy Benjamin School; Holiday Homes; Julius E. Sprauve School; Miles and Susan Stair; Ranger Laurel Brannick; the Rood Family; St. John Brewers; St. John Land Sharks; St. John Yacht Club; and St. John Rotary.

The group would also like to acknowledge the local sponsors who made it possible for the volunteer shirts to be printed. A special thank you goes out to: FirstBank; Just Beach; Lana Vento Charitable Trust; Maho Bay Campgrounds; R.A.V.I. of St. John; V.I. Ecotours; and V.I. Waste Management.

Remember it’s never too late to celebrate V.I. Coastweek. To find out how to help, contact Audrey Penn at 779-4940.