International Coastal Clean-up Day

PRESS RELEASE

For immediate release:
Contact: Luiz Rodrigues, Executive Director, ECOMB
Date: September 19, 2009
Phone: 305.534.3825 (w) / 786.853.1855 (m)
ecomb@ecomb.org / www.ecomb.org

International Coastal Clean-up Day
Flagler Monument Island and Teacher’s Island

WHAT:

ECOMB’s energetic volunteers, the City of Miami Beach (Neighborhood Services, Parks, Public Works, Police Department and Environmental Resources departments) and the City of Miami will cleanup the shoreline of Maurice Gibbs Park (formerly Island View Park, Miami Beach), the Flagler Monument Island and Teacher’s Island (Miami) as part of the Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Clean-up Day and the “Adopt a Park Program“, a partnership program between the City of Miami Beach and ECOMB. Students may use these cleanup events towards Community Service Hours.

At last year’s Cleanup, nearly 400,000 volunteers collected more than 6.8 million pounds of trash in 100 countries and 42 US states — the largest volunteer effort of its kind. (http://www.oceanconservancy.org)

PLUS

FREE COLLECTION / RECYCLING OF ELECTRONIC WASTE by ePlanet eWaste – bring your old computers, keyboards, mice, cables, TVs, toaster ovens, batteries, … or anything that plugs into the wall and receive a free gift + plus each volunteer to receive a raffle ticket towards 5 free gateway computers (2.8 GHz / 40 GIG / 512 mem) – at the Monument and Teacher’s Island Site ONLY

AFTER-PARTY FOR ALL VOLUNTEERS AT THE MIAMI SEAQUARIUM.

2009 MDCC PHOTO/VIDEO CONTEST: All volunteers are eligible to participate. Bring a camera and snap away at the largest, weirdest, and coolest items you may find.  Grand prize: 1 iPod Nano + Plus 5 iPod Shuffles. All iPods donated by Ambientale. Volunteers can find instructions on where to submit photos/videos on www.miamidadecoastalcleanup.org.

DATE:

Saturday, September 19th, 2009

TIME:

8 am – 12 noon

8:30 am:

Registration begins. Limited capacity. Boats depart to the islands

9:00 am to 12 noon:

CLEANUP

12:30 noon to 4 pm:

VOLUNTEER APRECIATION PARTY AT THE MIAMI SEAQUARIUM – FREE EVENT FOR VOLUNTEERS. Drinks, pizza, music, to be served

WHERE

Meet us at Maurice Gibbs Park, on Purdy Avenue, just north of the junction of the Venetian Causeway in Miami Beach. There will be two cleanup sites: 1) the Flagler Monument Island and 2) Teacher’s Island.
All volunteers to be ferried by boat to both islands.

REGISTRATION

At ECOMB’s web site: http://www.ecomb.org/event.htm. For additional information on other clean-up sites, REQUIRED you may visit Miami-Dade Coastal Clean-up site at: http://www.miamidadecoastalcleanup.org.

Journalists, please contact us for press interviews and past photos, by calling Luiz Rodrigues, Executive Director ECOMB, Inc. at 305.534.3825. Press and TV coverage are welcome.  To learn more about ECOMB and to see photos from recent Beach Cleanup projects, go to our web site at www.ecomb.org.

ECOMB is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) Florida corporation founded in 1994 to promote clean beaches, waterways and wetlands. Each year ECOMB coordinates events and programs that encourage responsible behavior and awareness in the Miami Beach vicinity.