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Beach cleanup held on Juno Beach after Fourth of July

Posted: 11:20 AM, Jul 05, 2019
Updated: 2019-07-05 11:25:56-04
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On Friday, 35 volunteers hit the beach in efforts to clean up after Fourth of July festivities.

Bottle caps, little tiny pieces of plastic and debris from fireworks littered Juno Beach a day after Independence Day.

“We're cleaning up all the trash on the beach from the Fourth of July,” said Julia, who was visiting Palm Beach County from Chicago.

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She was joined by her aunt, Felicia Matula, and her cousins for the beach cleanup. With a bucket, glove and trash picker in hand, they got to work.

“We try and come once a month, so that’s why we’re here on a Friday morning bright and early,” said Matula.

In the short time WPTV spent with the Matula family, they found everything from a plastic straw to even a shoe.

“We're trying to do everything we can to help save the environment,” said Matula.

The Loggerhead Marinelife Center organizes the cleanups. The next beach cleanup is July 20.

For a complete schedule of upcoming cleanups, visit https://marinelife.org/cleanup/