Last Tuesday, August 23rd, volunteers from Miami Beach-based ECOMB along with Wells Fargo Bank, donated their time to rid the South Pointe Park Jetty of trash and remnants of human civilization. Between 1 PM and 4 PM, these dedicated residents took it into their own hands, (literally) to clean up after South Pointe Jetty fishermen and late night partiers.
In a statement made by ECOMB executive director, Luiz Rodrigues, Wells Fargo Bank has joined ECOMB’s Eco-Partnership Program and brought its Miami Beach staff to lend some support to our City and local environment.
Litter in the South Pointe Jetty as well as in other beaches in our County, have been an issue for years. It affects aquatic life and our economy as well. Cleanup efforts by the Miami-Dade County and other municipalities have increased tremendously, but so have the number of visitors and, consequently, the volume of trash. This is where committed businesses such as Wells Fargo come into place. Thinking Globally, Acting Locally!’
Ms. Bernstein, the community resource outreach team of the office of the city manager commented on the effort stating, ‘Wow. Fabulous project, thanks Greenspace management as well.’
Luiz states that ECOMB is also very grateful to the ongoing support provided by Mrs. Bernstein, the City of Miami Beach Parks & Recreation, Public Works, and Miami-Dade County’s Parks and Recreation Departments, in projects such as this one. They provide needed tables, chairs, and water; help transport materials to the site, and pick up all the trash and recyclables collected by the volunteers.
The jetty is actually cleaner now, but the problem remains as trash is still carelessly deposited without regard to the landscape or associated health risks. However, this effort on the part of Wells Fargo, ECOMB, the City of Miami Beach, Miami-Dade County and volunteers to give back to the community aided in cleaning up approximately ¼ of the jetty.
And speaking to that, Mr. Rodrigues stated the jetty desperately needs recycling and litter bins bolted to the jetty so as to help in keeping this trash, cigarette butts, bottles, cans, plastics, papers and scraps from entering our ecosystem.
Further to aiding in future clean-ups, ECOMB has a registration form for all to sign and fill out. There is a guarantee of 4 hours credit in community service and they do provide the garbage bags, water and snacks.
But as I said, beach litter is an on-going problem. I myself have walked by several empty garbage cans where plastics, bottles and other trash simply never made it into the bins; and that, Miami Beach is just plain disrespectful.
It will be interesting to see how this on-going unsightly problem resolves in the near future as plans for better disposal and education evolve.
It’s somewhat in our nature to let someone else clean-up after us rather than take responsibility ourselves. For that reason, the Environmental Collation of Miami and the Beaches strives to educate through example and effort in maintaining one of the most beautiful beaches in the world.
As such, my sincere gratitude and thanks go to ECOMB and Wells Fargo for contributing to the beautification of the South Point Jetty.
For more information on future projects by ECOMB and to see where and how you can help, click here. And stay healthy guys and gals.