Friday, April 4, 2008

New Record Set for Beach Adoptions & More Exciting News

Great News! As of this week, ALL 22 sections of the beach/trail have been adopted! The interest has been so great that some sections now have 2 or even 3 teams assigned, with a total of 32 teams to date. According to Bill Hart, President of the Watershed Task Force, this is the greatest number of sign ups in the history of the program. Thank you all for helping to make this happen! I will continue to take requests until each section is "maxed out" at 3 per team. Our goal is to someday have enough coverage that the beaches are cleaned on a weekly basis. This is a big step in that direction.

In addition to all of the teams who signed up, there are a few other people who played a big part in making all this happen. Gold Sea Stars go out to...

- Norb Garrett and Fred Swegles for providing great press in our local media. The front page article and photo on the front page of the Sun Post News really got things rolling! I estimate that it was responsible for 90% of the recent inquiries and subsequent adoptions.

- Ken Nielsen for providing the photo from the Kick Off event that accompanied the articles.

- Nanci Mavar for organizing the Kick Off, ordering the clean up supplies, and being the overall champion of the program since its inception.

- Eric Norton for taking all those phone calls from potential adopters and forwarding the contact information to me for follow-up.

Speaking of press, I'm collaborating with Laura Fergeson on an upcoming article for the City Magazine. We'd like to include a photo of a volunteer team in action cleaning up their section of the beach/trail. This is another opportunity to promote the program and showcase the great work that you are doing. So don't be shy! Team Captains, take your camera and your creativity to "your" beach with you this weekend and send me your best stuff (by email attachment of course!) The deadline for the article is April 14th so I will need your photos ASAP. Although only one photo will be selected for the article, I plan to post the other photos on this blog.

The Watershed Task Force will be sponsoring a booth at the upcoming Earth Day Celebration at Parque Del Mar. I will be at the booth promoting the Adopt a Beach program from 10:00am to 2:00pm. I am thinking that this will also be a perfect opportunity for those teams who have signed up since the kick off to pick up cleaning supplies and t-shirts (one set per team). Please stop by to say hello and pick up your bucket of goodies!