Over 85 people met at Ron Jon Surf Shop at Pier Park Sunday morning to help keep the beach clean. Both sides of the pier were cleaned — from Barefoot Beach Club to the Polynesian Village area — with dozens of bags of trash collected.
Dan Kirk, manager of Ron Jon Surf Shop, stated, “It was a tremendous success. We doubled our attendance over last year. I’m very thankful to all the organizations and individuals who showed up.” Dan indicated that he was already looking forward to the event next year and hopes to make it even more successful.
Organizations who participated in the cleanup included Nike, Walmart, Beachbreak by the Sea, Bay Families with Dogs, United Way, Boys & Girls Club, KeeptheBeachClean.com and of course, Ron Jon Surf Shop. Starbucks donated the coffee and Walmart donated water.
A young lady from the Walmart team won the surf board (it was a great incentive to bring people out). Those participants who did not win received nice goodie-bags with Ron Jon gifts inside including stickers and a Ron Jon “can coolie”.
It would be great to see one business sponsor a beach cleanup every weekend! This is a very effective way for businesses to serve the community (real public relations) and market their brand at the same time.
Edited by Jason K: If you are a local business and you want to sponsor a beach cleanup, I will gladly do everything I can to help promote it.Print Story