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Coastal cleanup postponed until next Saturday


© St. Petersburg Times,
published September 15, 2001

The Pasco Coastal and Waterway Cleanup, which had been scheduled for today, has been postponed until Sept. 22.

"The weather was too unpredictable," said Kurt Conover, one of the organizers.

He said the group had planned to go ahead with the event despite Tuesday's attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.

"Not that we weren't sympathetic" to the victims of the attacks, he said, but the cleanup had been scheduled for three months.

However, the storm forced organizers to push the date back.

"Cleanups are better after the storm," Conover said.

The cleanup on Sept. 22 will begin at 9 a.m. About 300 volunteers are expected.

Each site, headed by a site captain, will have its own trash hauler, provided by licensed waste companies in Pasco County. All of the companies in Pasco either donated haulers or gave a donation toward the event. All volunteers will be given T-shirts, paid for with money raised by Pasco Utilities and other groups. Trash bags and checklist cards also will be standard issue. The cards will help monitor what kind of litter is found.

The following are collection sites:

Sea Pines, Hudson Beach in Hudson; Green Key, Sims Park, Francis Avenue Park, New Port Richey; Signal Cove-Nick's Park, Port Richey; Anclote Gulf Park, Anclote River Park, Holiday; Moon Lake Park, Shady Hills Recreation Center, Shady Hills; SunTrust Bank, Land O'Lakes; San Antonio Park; Quail Hollow Elementary School.

Hungry Harry's Famous Bar-B-Que Restaurant & Catering will provide meals.

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