Life's a beach for Boynton cleanup volunteers

By Lindsay Cohen email

OCEAN RIDGE, FL (WFLX) -- They're more concerned with flotsam and jetsam than with flip-flops and sunscreen; but their efforts along local beaches help keep Florida's coastline pristine.

"Our volunteers do this from their heart," said Gary Solomon, who heads up the beach-cleaning, volunteer-based group, Sand Sifters. "[We do this] to keep the environment and the animals clean and safe."

Every other weekend the Sand Sifters meet at Palm Beach County beaches to pick up tons of trash. Solomon says the group has found everything from the ordinary to the extraordinary.

"Boats and engine blocks," he said, "Christmas trees. Headless chickens."

The group, which has been around for nearly four years, is looking at expanding south to Broward County. They've been approached by the cities of Ft. Lauderdale and Hallandale Beach to create a Sand Sifters group there.

The organization gathers at Oceanfront Park in Boynton Beach for a cleanup the first Saturday of each month. They will be there Saturday morning, February 7th, at 8:00 am. Members of the public are welcome to join.

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