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Volunteers needed for Flagler County beach cleanup

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FLAGLER COUNTY, Fla. – Flagler County Land Management will be assisting Flagler Volunteer Services in its efforts to clean up the beach north of Varn Park on Sunday.

“There is still a lot of trash and debris on the beach, but it’s difficult to restore its beauty when there is such limited access,” Flagler County Land Manager Mike Lagasse said. “People are going to need to be prepared to walk, because the areas that need the most attention are farthest from the access points.”

Volunteers are asked to meet at 8:30 a.m. at Varn Park, 3665 N. Oceanshore Blvd., to register with Flagler Volunteer Services. Photo identification and closed-toe shoes are required. Sunscreen, gloves and drinking water are recommended.

While the clean-up officially ends at 11 a.m., individuals and small groups may organize smaller trash-pickup events. Bagged garbage left near the dune line -- and away from the high-tide line -- will be collected by Flagler County staff on Sunday, Monday and Wednesday, Nov. 2.

“We will be picking up bagged garbage off the beach between Washington Oaks and Varn Park,” Lagasse said. “We want to restore the beauty of our beaches.”

Questions should be directed to Flagler Volunteer Services at 386-597-2950.